The Bible represents God’s story of his relationship with man, and the church has determined that the writings of the Bible are the standard, the rule of our faith. So how can we know that the Sprictures of the Bible are the Word of God? We know by examining evidence.
Canon = the authoritative rule of faith and practice, the standard of doctrine and duty
Today’s passage comes from Luke 24, just after Jesus has risen from the dead and His tomb has been found empty:
Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem. And they talked together of all these things which had happened. So while they conversed and reasoned, Jesus Himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him.
And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”
Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?”
And He said to them, “What things?”
So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death and crucified Him. But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened. Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us. When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive. And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.”
Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?” And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself.
Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther. But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them.
Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. hen their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:13-32
1. Scriptures are writings that are inspired by the Holy Spirit. (2 Timothy 3:16)
There are books and books about how the Scriptures were transcribed and handed down. These provide great information, but the main reason that the Scriptures are the Scriptures is that God breathed them.
Psalm 53:1 tells us, The fool has said in his heart [not his mind], “There is no God.” Some people can receive all the evidence in the world about the validity of the Scriptures, yet if they don’t want to believe in their hearts, then no evidence will convince them.
All Scripture is inspired by God. (2 Timothy 3:16)
For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:21
What makes the Bible the Bible is the Holy Spirit’s anointing. His message is consistent regardless of the method of revelation - through visions, dreams, speaking directly, or His creation. One of the ways we know that the Old Testament is God’s Word is that Jesus confirms it. As for the New Testament, it was written while the witnesses of the events recorded were still alive, so many people could validate authorship and the events recorded.
2. Scriptures are writings that give a consistent witness to Jesus. (Luke 24:27)
In today’s passage, Jesus has just been crucified, buried, and raised from the dead. As He walks along the road with his two disciples, his identity hidden from them, He talks about the validity of the Old Testament, explaining all the things written about Him that they have missed. Pastor Miles hit on some of the Old Testament passages that Jesus may have illuminated for His friends.
- Genesis 3:15 - the seed of a woman crushes Satan
- Isaiah 7:14 - the Savior born of a virgin
- Micah 5:2 - the Savior born in Bethlehem
- Hosea 11:1 - the Savior born in Bethlehem, flees to Egypt
- Malachi 4:6 - John the Baptist a forerunner preceding the Messiah
- Isaiah 42:1-4 - the Messiah preaches to the Gentiles
- Isaiah 35:5-6 - the Messiah gives sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf
- Zechariah 9:9 - the triumphant entry of the coming King
- Zechariah 11:12 - the Messiah betrayed for 30 pieces of silver
- Isaiah 50:6 - the Messiah beaten and humiliated
- Isaiah 53:12 - the Savior crucified beside criminals
- Psalm 22:16 - the wounds of His hands and feet
- Zechariah 12:10 - a wound in His side
- Psalm 22:18 - soldiers gambling for His clothes
- Daniel 9:25 - His public ministry ending on a certain date
- Psalm 22 - the words He would say on the cross
- Isaiah 53:9 - the Messiah buried in a rich man’s tomb
- Psalm 16:10 - His resurrection
- Daniel 7:13 - the Messiah’s second coming
These amazing writings were recorded long before Jesus was even born, yet they were fulfilled in detail because they were anointed by God. By revealing all the prophesies about Him that have now come to pass, Jesus confirms and validates what was written in the Scriptures.
3. Scriptures are writings that burn in our hearts. (Luke 24:30-32)
And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32
Reading the Word and allowing it to speak to your heart is of vital importance. Whether or not the hearer understands or believes that the Scripture is the Word of God, it is God’s Word and it has power to change the heart of all who listen.
Remember that Jesus was the Living Word, the living translation of the heart of God. No wonder the disciples hearts “burned within them” while He spoke with them! God’s Word has the power to speak directly to your heart. Have you ever felt that a scriptural message in church or on the radio was speaking directly to you pertaining to some circumstance in your life? This is a supernatural encounter with God’s Living Word and is one reason why it is so important for believers to come to church, listen to God’s Word, read their Bibles, and study Scripture. Interacting with God’s Word on a regular basis allows Him to speak truth into our lives.
4. Scriptures are writings that transform our lives. (Luke 24:30-32)
The Scriptures are not merely self-help writings that can make you think better, but they can actually change your heart, removing sinful desires and creating desires for godliness.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. Luke 24:30-31
God’s Word has the power to open our eyes.
All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
God created us in His image and gives us the Scriptures to equip us to be His image bearers. The Living Word can guide and correct us wherever needed.
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
The Story of the Bible is that it’s all about Jesus! He is the main character whose life and purpose is told throughout the pages. We need to surrender our lives to Him by faith, trusting in His Word for spiritual truth and instruction for living.