What the Bible Says about the Bible: PART I

When I cite the Bible in social media posts and videos, I often receive comments, criticisms, and pushback that boils down to the questions, “How do you know the Bible is true? How can I trust the Bible?”

This is the start of a 4-part series where I answer those questions. But before we build a scholarly case for why you can trust the Bible, it’s important to outline what the Bible claims about itself.

Claim #1: Teach the Bible to Your Children

The Bible is clear that teaching the Word of God to our children is a Christian man’s mandate.

Deuteronomy 6:4-9
“Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand and they shall be as frontals on your forehead. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.”

Claim #2: Obeying the Bible Provides Benefits

There are clear benefits that obedience to the Bible provides to us.

It helps us stay pure and avoid sin.

Psalm 119:9-16
How can a young man keep his way pure?
By keeping it according to Your word.
With all my heart I have sought You;
Do not let me wander from Your commandments.
Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You.
Blessed are You, O Lord;
Teach me Your statutes.
With my lips I have told of
All the ordinances of Your mouth.
I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies,
As much as in all riches.
I will meditate on Your precepts
And regard Your ways.
I shall delight in Your statutes;
I shall not forget Your word.


 It gives us an answer to all who come against us.

Psalm 119:42-44
So I will have an answer for him who reproaches me,
For I trust in Your word.
And do not take the word of truth utterly out of my mouth,
For I wait for Your ordinances.
So I will keep Your law continually,
Forever and ever.


 It gives us wisdom beyond our years and a clarity in what paths to take in life.

Psalm 119:100-106
I understand more than the aged,
Because I have observed Your precepts.
I have restrained my feet from every evil way,
That I may keep Your word.
I have not turned aside from Your ordinances,
For You Yourself have taught me.
How sweet are Your words to my taste!
Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
From Your precepts I get understanding;
Therefore I hate every false way.
Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.
I have sworn and I will confirm it,
That I will keep Your righteous ordinances.


It causes us to live and receive blessings.

Matthew 4:4
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.’”
Luke 11:28
Jesus said, “… blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”


Claim #3: We must KNOW and STUDY the Bible

The Bible is clear that we must know and study God’s Word.

It is our one weapon.

Ephesians 6:17
“And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”


But like all weapons, we must learn to use it wisely.

2 Timothy 2:15
“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.”



Every word of the Bible is inspired.

2 Timothy 3:15-17
“and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”


It’s not the work of man’s hand, but God’s. 

2 Peter 1:19-21
But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.


It is miraculously living and active.

1 Peter 1:23
“for you have been born again not of seed which is perishable but imperishable, that is, through the living and enduring word of God.”


Hebrews 4:12
“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”


Everything about the Word of God points to one thing: JESUS.

Revelation 19:12-14
“His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses.”