Who Wrote the Bible?
The human authors of the Bible include kings, peasants, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, a doctor, and scholars. The books of the Bible cover history, sermons, letters, songs, and love letters. There are geographical surveys, architectural specifications, travel diaries, population estimates, family trees, inventories, and numerous legal documents.
The Bible is written by both God and man; but it was not co-authored. It was not God and humans collaborating, or a human writing the drafts with God making revisions, or God giving ideas that the human authors put into words. They were not words dictated to humans as with the Koran. It is not one of many books containing the religious insights of ancient sages, as many liberals teach.
People who were providentially prepared by God, and motivated and superintended by the Holy Spirit, spoke and wrote according to their own personalities and circumstances in such a way that their words are the very Word of God. God’s supernatural guidance of the writers and their situations enabled them to receive and communicate all God would have them know for His glory and our salvation.
The Holy Spirit inspired the human writers to convey God’s message so accurately that every word is inspired and important. There is not one chapter, paragraph, sentence, verse, phrase or word that is not exactly what God wanted us to know about Him. This is why the apostle Paul told Timothy “All Scripture God breathed and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correction and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
Taken all together, the Scriptures make incredible truth claims. The scriptures are:
- Given by God’s inspiration;
- The very words of God;
- All we need to know God;
- A perfect guide for life;
- Not to be taken from or added to;
- For everyone;
- The standard by which all teaching is to be tested;
- To be obeyed.