As I was saying in my last post, the truth of the Bible is verified by the witness of Jesus, the findings of archeology, and the marvelous honesty with which the heroic characters are presented. Once I decided that Jesus is the Son of God, his testimony about Scripture became the authority for me. The verification of the historical records through research enhanced that confidence. The fact that the Bible does not hide information even when that information places key characters in a bad light reveals the deep integrity of the Scriptures.
There is another matter of great importance. The Scripture works. God’s Word is powerful and practical. It nourishes me like a good meal. It brings peace to my mind. It gives strength to me for living. God’s Word makes sense out of a sometimes crazy world. God’s word gives hope in the most dire of circumstances. From the Word, I receive wise counsel. In the Word I have many encounters with Jesus. He emerges from the pages and powerfully impacts my life. He is not contained in Scripture; He is revealed in Scripture. The Bible is the written Word of God. Jesus is the living Word of God.
Some say that they find some passages obscure and difficult. So do I. Let me quote my dad who often said, “I am not concerned about the parts of the Bible that I do not understand. What concerns me are the parts of the Bible that I do understand, and have done nothing about.” Even the Apostle Paul once said, “Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God. How unsearchable are His judgements and His ways past finding out. . . ” If Paul could live with a few mysteries, so can I. There is more than enough certainty and clarity in God’s Word to bless and sustain me until the mysteries are cleared at the feet of Jesus.