Is Everything in the Bible God’s Word?

Can we treat the words of Paul as the truth?

Many brothers and sisters all believe what Paul said — “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” Yet first we should know that Paul’s words are just man’s words and cannot represent God’s words. There are sixty-six books in the entire Bible, but there is no record of God saying that all scripture is inspired by God or that all the words in the Bible are the words of God. Since God didn’t say that, then does Paul’s statement conform with God’s word? Are there words of the Holy Spirit as proof? If this statement by Paul is supported by the words of the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit, then we should accept and obey it. This is completely in line with the Lord’s intentions. No matter who he is, as long as his words are not supported by the words of the Lord Jesus or the Holy Spirit, we cannot accept them blindly. We men are only men, are created beings. So, our will cannot represent the Creator’s will. The Lord Jesus we believe in is the Lord of the kingdom of heaven. Only by practicing according to God’s words can we be approved by God.

What is the background of Paul saying the words “all scripture is given by inspiration of God”?

Since people think that all scripture is inspired by God and that all the words in the Bible are the words of God according to 2 Timothy 3:16, let’s first investigate the background of Paul saying these words. As we all know, the words “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” were said by Paul when he wrote letters to Timothy. When he wrote letters, there only existed the Old Testament. The New Testament was just dozens of letters kept in the churches and hadn’t been compiled into a book yet. Not until after 300 A.D. did the New Testament come into being. That is to say, the New Testament came into existence two hundred years later after Paul wrote letters. So, it can be seen that these words of Paul are referring to the Old Testament.

What is the difference between God’s words and man’s words?

God is the Creator; we humans are created beings. There is a substantial difference between the Creator and the created. They cannot be placed on the same level and cannot be confused with each other. The work and word of God cannot be replaced by any corrupted man’s work and word. In the course of us humans experiencing God’s work, no matter how great our experiences, understanding and enlightenment from the Holy Spirit benefit other people, they cannot be treated as God’s word but can only be used as a reference. Just like Paul, Peter and Matthew at that time, although their letters were beneficial and constructive, they cannot be said to be the words of the Holy Spirit. This is undoubtable! The words of God are the expression of God’s disposition and all that He has and is. They are the reality of positive things and can be man’s life. Words spoken by man that conform with the truth all come from man’s experience and understanding of God’s word and the truth, and just represent the stature of man at the time. The words that conform with the truth can only provide people with a bit of help and benefit. They cannot be man’s life. Even with the enlightenment and illumination of the Holy Spirit, they are still man’s words, and cannot be compared with God’s word at all.

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