DOCTRINE OF THE BIBLE (Bibliology)
A) What is it?
Here is what the Bible confronts us with, the Word of God (II Tim. 3:16-17). In II Timothy 3:16 the apostle Paul said what? Notice three important claims that Paul stated in these two verses:
The entire Bible is inspired and profitable.
The word Scripture or Scriptures are found in the N. T. 52 times.
The word Scripture is found in the O. T. 1 time. (Dan. 10:21)
The entire Bible is God-breathed.
This expresses the means of inspiration. The Bible is the result of the breath of God.
The entire Bible is profitable.
This expresses the purpose of inspiration. It is profitable for teaching, reproving, correcting, restoring, and training in righteousness. WHY? In order that the believer may be fitted, capable, proficient, and furnished completely in every area of his being.
To sum it up:
Putting the three ideas of II Timothy 3:16 together, the verse teaches us that the entire Bible came from God in order to show us how to live. The only two verses in the Bible with the word inspiration are:
2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
B) Who inspired the Bible? (The Holy Spirit )
II Peter 1:20-21
This verse tells us how God used the human writers to produce the Bible. The Holy Ghost (God) moved them along. To sum up this verse God used man and gave us a completely truthful Bible.
I Corinthians 2:13
Here Paul makes the point that God’s revelation came to us in words. To sum up this verse teaches that the actual words of the Bible are inspired.
C) Who were the instruments used to write the Bible?
The prophets, holy men (I Peter 1:10-11)
The Bible, of course, strongly claims its writers are from God. (Hebrews 1:1; Rom. 1:1)
D) What was the purpose of the Bible’s revelation?
To reveal Jesus Christ (John 5:39; Luke 24:27). Jesus Christ, the Living Word, is God’s full revelation of Himself; the Bible is our only record of His Birth (incarnation) His death, (atonement) and His resurrection. (Glorification)
E) What are the two themes the Bible unfolds?
Jesus Christs’ sufferings and glory (Luke 24:26-27)
Sufferings: I Cor. 15:1-3; Luke 24:26, 46; Isa 53:1-10; Psalm 22 & 69
Glory: Phil. 2:9; Heb. 1:3; John 1:14; II Thess 1:12
F) What does the Bible do?
The Bible Discerns and criticizes the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Heb. 4:12-13; John 12:48; Isa 64:6; Psa 95:10; Matt. 15:16-19
G) What does the Bible impart?
Life, I Peter 1:23; John 14:6; Heb. 9:28; John 1:12
What does the Bible promise to do for God’s people? The Word has various synonyms, a synonym is a fancy word for saying the word has a like meaning or means the same.
The promises of the Word of God in Psalm 19:7-8:
The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul:
The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart:
The commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Men are born-again through the Word:
James 1:18-Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
1 Pet 1:23-Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.
Faith comes by the Word:
Rom 10:17-So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Spiritual growth results from the realized desire for the sincere milk of the Word:
1 Pet 2:2-As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
2 Pet 3:18-But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Great peace have they who love God’s Word:
Psa 119:165-Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Divine blessings are promised to those who obey the Word of God:
James 1:25-But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.
The Word is able to build us up:
Acts 20:32-And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
The Bible provides, assurance (I John 5:13), sanctification, cleansing (John 17:17; Eph. 5:26), prosperity and success, in God’s will (Joshua 1:8; Psalm 1:1-3)