McDowell Technical Community College

Evergreen Church

Why I Love the Bible

By Rev John McCoury

Roan Mountain, Tennessee

O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. – Psa. 119:97 Can we say with the psalmist “I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies … 1 will delight myself in thy statutes.” I love the Bible because it is the Word of God. Both, the external and the internal evidences for this are overwhelming … God speaks through the Bible to man, and the believing heart is changed. That’s external evidence. Bible accounts of saints and sinners alike with our own experience. That is internal evidence. 1 love the Bible for its unity and union: Many authors in different places and circumstances wrote the Bible over a period of many years, yet it has a unified message about God’s purpose for man and His plan of salvation. I love the Bible because it is strictly honest about my condition as a sinner. It is not biased toward sinful man even though its authors were men. Jeremiah 17:9 declares this without apology: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked.” I love the Bible because the Holy Spirit speaks to my need’ through it, first by interpreting it; second by convicting me; and third by condemning me. Finally, it presents the remedy of salvation through faith in the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ- I know He died for me (Romans 3 :20-26).

1 love the Bible for its consolations, its confirmations, and its conciliation. It pours the refreshing blessings of its promises into our parched and thirsty souls, and it satisfies us over and over again. After many followers had turned away from Christ because of some hard saying, the Lord questioned the twelve disciples, “Will ye also go away?” Peter answered, “Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life” (John 6:67-68). The same declaration applies perfectly to the Bible. Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counselors. – Psa. 119:24 We affirm the human origin of Scripture, for it was written by human beings and bears the marks of human authorship. However, we also affirm the divine origin of Scripture that God superintended the authors of the biblical text in such a way that the final product cannot teach falsehood. If we believe otherwise, then we have denied the omnipotence of God and have no reason to trust that He can save us. The power and infallibility of scripture 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” (v 11). Isaiah 55:10-11 emphasizes the power that the Lord has invested in His revelation. The word that goes forth from the mouth of our Creator-which is Scripture, as Scripture is “God-breathed” (2 Tim. 16-17)-cannot fail to accomplish the Lord’s purposes for it When God sends forth His Word in order to bring about a person’s salvation, that person will not finally resist His revelation. It will convert the man, woman, or child that God intends to save. At the same time, when the Lord sends forth His Word to someone He has not chosen for salvation, that revelation will result in the hardened person’s hardening his heart even further. God’s Word is powerful and effective both to reveal the way of salvation to Christ’s sheep and to hide it from the goats, those who have not been chosen from the foundation of the world for redemption (Matt 11-2 5-2 7). Just as the Word of God cannot fail to achieve the purposes for which it is given, Scripture cannot fail to teach the truth. The Scriptures are infallible, that is, incapable of teaching error This is a necessary consequence of divine inspiration and the omnipotence of God. Scripture is God-breathed, and since God is truth Himself (Jesus, who is God incarnate, identifies Himself as truth; John 14-6), He is incapable of telling any lie. “Every word of God proves true,” as Proverbs 30:5 tells us. The power of God guarantees the infallibility of His precious Word. Some people argue that it is possible for Scripture to contain errors because it was written by human beings, and human beings are capable of erring. However, being capable of error and actually making an error are two different things. “All things are possible with God” (Mark 10-2 7), and surely God can inspire people to write in such a way that their words cannot teach error.

Rev. John McCoury is pastor of Evergreen Church in Roan Mountain, Tennessee and also chaplain at Roan Highlands Nursing Home.