Jesus Christ, Who quoted from the Scriptures repeatedly throughout His ministry, bore witness to the fully divine authority and trustworthiness of the Scriptures (Matt 5:17,18; Luke 4 :4,8-10; 24 :27,44,45; and many others).

3. The Infallibility of the Bible -The Bible, God’s Holy Word, is totally trustworthy for all that we need to know for                   doctrine, salvation and the Christian life.

This is why the Scriptures exhort us to “be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15; read also 1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 3:16,17).

The Word of God – the Holy Bible – is complete as it is written. Nothing is to be ADDED to the Bible. Nothing is to be REMOVED from the Bible. No part of the Bible is to be ALTERED or DISTORTED. Many historical documents have been found that clearly prove that the Bible has been preserved accurately for thousands of years. The last book of the New Testament warns of the seriousness of altering the Scriptures (Rev 22: 18,19; read also Deuteronomy 4:2, 12,32; Proverbs 30:6.)

Many false religions and cults have removed portions of the Bible they did not like. Some have added “new revelations” that were NOT from God, creating new “bible” texts or books.

[For more information on the authenticity and authority of the Bible over all other religious writings, please see the previously published issue of ACTS Magazine from January 2000.]

2. The Doctrine of God

God is infinite. The human mind, however, is finite and therefore cannot fully comprehend God; nor can human language adequately describe God (see Job 11:7- 9; Isaiah 55:8,9; Romans 11:33). Yet God, through His Word, has revealed to us everything we need to know in order to approach, love, worship and serve Him (see Exodus 34:6,7; John 1:18; Heb 4:14-16; 1 John 4:9,10).

Though the entire Bible is a revelation of God and Who He is, let us look at some very specific Scripture references about the nature and character of God:
a. God’s Nature

God Is:

  • All Knowing – Isa 29:15 ,16; 40:27,28; 1 John 3:20
  •  Everywhere-Present – 2 Chr 6:18; Ps 139:7-10; Jer 23:24
  •  All Powerful – Jer 32: 17-18
  •  Infinite (not limited by time, space or the physical universe) – 1 Ki 8:27 ; 2 Pet 3:8
  •  Eternal (without beginning or end) – Ps 90:2; Isa 57:15; 1 Tim 1:17
  •  Self-Existent (“I AM”) – Exo 3:14; Isa 43:10-13; Rev 1:8
  •  Unchanging in Character – Mal 3:6; Jas 1:17
  •  Transcendent (apart from and above creation) – Ps 14:2; Isa 6:1, 2; Col 1:17
  •  Immanent (near and personal) – Jer 23:23,24; Ps 139:7-10; Acts 17:27,28
  •  Creator of All – Gen 1:1; Neh 9:6; Heb 11:3 The Only God – Deut 4:35,39; Ps 86: 10; Isa 44 :8; 46:9; Jer 10:10
  •  Spirit – John 4:24
  •  One (in being and substance) – Deut 6:4; Mark 12:29-32; 1 Cor 8:4
  •  Three (as Persons equally God and equally eternal) – Gen 1:26; Isa 6:8; Matt 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14
  •  God the Father – Matt 11:25; John 6:27;1 Cor 8:6; Eph 4:6
  •  God the Son – Luke 5:17-26 ; John 1:1; 5:18; 20:28 ; Titus 2:13; 2 Pet 1:1
  •  God the Holy Spirit – Luke 1:35; Acts 5:3,4;Heb 9:14

b. God’s Character