How can we know that the Bible is the inspired word of God? Amos 4:13 tells us, “Behold, He who forms mountains and creates the wind, and declares to a person what are His thoughts, He who makes dawn into darkness and treads on the high places of the earth, the Lord God of armies is His name.” You see, human speech that can be clearly understood, documented through the written word, is the model that God has chosen to reveal Himself to us down through the ages.
So how did this written word come into being? In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah said that “the word of the Lord came to him“, and in the New Testament Peter said in 2 Peter 1:20-21 that, “No prophecy of Scripture becomes a matter of someone’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
English theologian John Stott says, “So Scripture is neither the Word of God only nor the words of men only, but the Word of God through the words of men,” and Stott goes on to say, “This is the double authorship of scripture to which we need to hold fast.” So biblical truth is inspired truth. Not only that, but it is also eyewitness truth. As 2 Peter 1:16, making reference to the Transfiguration, Peter says, “We were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” So the apostles who authored and approved the New Testament books were eyewitnesses of the Risen Christ.
I also will discuss the astounding fact that Jesus fulfilled every one of the Messianic prophecies. This is another powerful piece of evidence that points to the validity of the Bible.