How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year? Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures? Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I told you (John 14:26 EHV).
The New Testament is not a collection of half-mistaken memories. “Men spoke from God as they were being carried along by the Holy Spirit,” says Peter in his second epistle. “All Scripture is God-breathed,” says Paul to Timothy. And again, said Paul to the Corinthians: “We also speak…in words taught by the Spirit.” “The Scripture cannot be broken,” said Jesus. And again, Jesus prayed, “Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth.”
The Bible is either all God’s Word or none of it is God’s Word. Those who teach that the Bible is partly God’s Word and partly man’s word eventually end up losing all of God’s truth.
Let the world scoff. We maintain without apology that the Bible is verbally inspired – that every word of it comes from God’s mouth – and verbally inerrant – without mistakes. This is the Holy Spirit’s gift to us – the gift without which we could never know Jesus and what He has done for us. Have you read the Good Book lately?