Through the ages there have been those who have doubted the inspiration of the Bible. There are those who look upon the Bible as being nothing more than a dead letter, or fables that have been passed on from one generation to another. Others feel that the Bible is but a part of the revelation that is from God. Many who hold these views claim to be of God but truly they are no better than the atheist, the agnostic, or the theist. Why? Because no one can believe in God unless they first believe in His Word.
We can be sure that man did not have a part in the writing of the Bible. For instance, we know that the infidel did not write the Bible inasmuch as the Bible condemns such an individual. We read: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.” (Ps 14:1). Again, we know that the modernist did not write the Bible in that the Bible upholds the virgin birth of Christ. (Mt 1:18-25). We also know that a denominationalist did not write the Bible because the Word reveals that there is but one true church, one true gospel, and one true doctrine. Paul stated in his day that there was but one body, or one church. (Eph 4:4 f; Col 1:18). Also, we know that a Catholic did not write the Bible in that the scriptures nowhere suggest that Peter was ever Pope, or even came near to being the Pope of the church. On the contrary, the Bible teaches that Christ is head of the church and is Savior of the body. (Eph 5:23). We know that these individuals, and many others, did not write the Bible, or have part in writing the Bible, or else they would have penned it to suit their own doctrines. We know that such individuals would not have condemned themselves by their own writings.
If the people mentioned did not write the Bible, then who did? The Bible itself reveals that inspired men of God took part in this great work. Peter tells us: “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Pet 1:21). Then the apostle Paul said: “All scripture is given by the inspiration of God.” (2 Tim 3:16). Therefore, the Bible is from God. Since such is true, then it is a holy or divine book. The scripture nowhere contradicts itself, but rather agrees, even though a number of inspired men had part in penning it.
Paul the Apostle declared, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim 3:16). What is the meaning of this bold declaration? The word “scripture” means a “writing, thing written.” It is used fifty-one times in the New Testament and always refers to the writings, which make up the Bible. The Apostle affirms, therefore, that all of the Bible, every word of it, is given by inspiration of God. The term “inspiration ” means, “God-breathed. ” So Paul here declares that all of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is “God-breathed.” This is the same as saying it is the word of God (Ps 33:6). Who wrote the Bible? Around forty men were the penmen who transcribed the various books, which make up the Scriptures, but the ultimate author of the entire collection is God Himself. God wrote the entire Bible from Genesis to Revelation. Thus, the bible is perfect and worthy to judge man come the day of judgment. (Jn 12:48 f; Rom 2:16)