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Agustin Hubert

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As I sat down thinking about what to write on the nature and authority of the
Bible, one phrase kept coming to mind: Its the Word of God. This simple, yet
deeply profound phrase would suffice in any regular conversation, but not in
a paper where I am to express my own opinion in five theses. However, the
more I thought about the recurring statement, the more I realize Its the
Word of God might just work. Although there might be things omitted in my
statement, each word beautifully and practically captures an aspect of Gods
Word that I find essential.
Thesis 1 Its.
First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge that there is a physical
book that is the Word of God. Far from being an illusionary document or an
abstract set of beliefs, the Bible is and exists. Furthermore, how the Bible
came to be, that is which books comprise it, is central to its authenticity as
well. Whilst it would be far too complex of an issue to discuss in a one-page
paper, the Bible was assembled not by chance or by the desire of a single
person; instead, a Biblical canon was used in order to establish it. In
conclusion, my first thesis is that the Bible exists and it is authentic.
Thesis 2 The
Sometimes the smallest words can make the biggest impact. This is the case
with the word The. The Bible is not just a book, or one of the documents to
which Christians adhere. The Bible is THE word of God; in other words, the
Bible is Authoritative, that is, the only authority of the Church. One of the
most important outcomes of the Protestant Reformation was rescuing the
Bible as the only authority, doing away with the Scripture + tradition that
had become and still is in the Roman Catholic Church the norm. This
principle is commonly known as Sola Scriptura. It is crucial for Christians to
know that the Bible is not a way to know about God, but it is the Word of
God; the Bible does not contain the Word of God, but it is the Word of God.
Thesis 3 Word
When I emphasize that the Bible is Gods Word, my intention is to highlight
that it does not contain wisdom from a created being, but the life and breath
of the Creator. Tim Keller, in His book Preaching, amazingly describes this by
saying, the Bible is true but also in the Bible Gods Word are identical to his
actions. When He says, Let there be light, there is light (Genesis 1:3). The
Bible does not say that God speaks and then proceeds to act, that he names
and then proceeds to shape, but that God speaking and acting are the same.
His Word is His action, His divine power. This is extremely practical and
important because Gods Words written down in Scripture, are still Gods
Words and actions for us when we read them today.
Thesis 4 Of
Although God did not physically write the Bible himself, He inspired the
writers in such a way that what they wrote came from God. 2 Peter 1:21
describes this by saying For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of
man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
The fact that God inspired people to write His word is significant, for each

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writer employed his own language, style, and intellectual level. This is one of
the reasons why we have different styles, genres, and even complexity
within the words in the Word of God.
Thesis 5 God
Because God is perfect, faithful, and infallible, His Word cannot be any
different.
In conclusion, the Bible truly its the Word of God the authentic,
authoritative, living, inspired, perfect, faithful, and infallible Word of God.