What does the Bible say about itself? To me, this is an extremely important question because the texts that can be produced demonstrate the very strong foundation that our faith rests upon. In short, we believe that the Bible is authoritative, infallible, inerrant, inspired, and sufficient to answer all of life’s fundamental questions. Moreover, it is good for us to recall that these texts are God’s very own words and, therefore, they demonstrate the self-authenticating nature of the Bible. Here are a few examples of what the Bible says about itself.
– Deuteronomy 29:29 “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.”
– Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
– Isaiah 55:10-11 “…so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.”
– John 10:35b “…and Scripture cannot be broken.” (Jesus quotes from Ps. 82:6)
– John 17:17 “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”
– 2 Timothy 2:9 “But the word of God is not bound!”
– 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.”
– Hebrew 4:12-13 “For the Word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give an account.”
I hope you enjoy these stirring references from the pages of Holy Scripture. More passages could be listed, but suffice it to say these particular ones give the Christian some idea of the strength of our spiritual foundation. We have a firm foundation, indeed!