A More Sure Word of Prophecy
The proofs that the Bible is truly God's word have to do with its accuracy (scientific and historical); its consistency (despite all odds); its fulfilled prophecy (only God can do this); and its miraculous preservation (despite horrendous attacks upon it throughout the centuries). In addition to the “external” proofs of the Bible, the Bible endorses itself. Today we will be looking at some of these scripture passages.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
II Peter 1:16-21
In the passage above the Apostle Peter provides multiple reasons why the scripture is God’s word, not the least of which is that he actually heard the audible voice of God speaking words to him from heaven, and yet the written word of God is more sure than this.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
The “jot” is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet.A “tittle” is a tiny portion of some Hebrew letters.
Jesus says that the word of God is trustworthy even in its smallest details.
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
II Timothy 3:16-17
“Scripture” is holy writings. “Inspiration of God” means “God-breathed”. The passage above tells us that all of the Bible came directly from God’s mouth. We also learn from this passage that the scripture is absolutely sufficient in itself.
“For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Make no mistake about it, God has given us a sure written word and he is angry with those who would add to it or take from it.
Have not I written to thee excellent things in counsels and knowledge,
That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth;
that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?