Today we’ll be looking at why we believe Scripture is God’s Word, why we believe it to be infallible, why we esteem it so highly.
As this article makes clear, there are many reasons both inside and outside Scripture why we might be wont to accept Scripture as God’s Word and esteem it so highly. Apologists have done significant work since the Confession was written and therefore to this list we might add things like the archaeological verification of Biblical historical accounts, the fulfillment of prophecies throughout the period of time during which the Bible was written, logical arguments for the existence of God, and even more.
But while these are all of great help to the believer and sometimes of help in persuading unbelievers, our confidence in Scripture does not come from arguments, evidence, or reason. Our confidence in Scripture comes from the Holy Spirit working in our hearts to persuade us that Scripture is God’s infallible Word. This is exceedingly important because we cannot allow the reliability of Scripture to rest on anything but God—this would be idolatry. If we have our assurance based primarily in reason, history, or apologetics we’ve set up a higher standard of truth than God. To the contrary, however. Let God be found true though every man, evidence, and argument be a liar.
We must insist that while arguments for the divine authorship and veracity of Scripture may be helpful, our full persuasion comes because God, by His Spirit, tells us that Scripture is His Word. We must insist that we have no higher standard of truth than God and His Word.