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  • Writer's pictureJan Weihl

Is the Bible True? (2 Timothy 3)

Every one of us has some moral code we base our life on. Many invent their own moral code on what they see as right and what they see as wrong. Others base it on their religion. If you are a follower of Jesus, you base it on the 66 books of the Bible.

Followers of Jesus believe that the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are absolutely God-breathed.


How can we know for sure that the Bible is absolutely God-breathed when it was written by man?

How do we know that it is absolute truth without error?

(1) We know the Bible is true because Scripture tells us it is true and trustworthy:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

(2) We know the Bible (the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament) is true because it was written over a span of 1,500 years, by 40 different authors, in 3 different languages. Yet all 66 books of the Bible are completely consistent, compliment each other, and fit together like a glove.

So these 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament are known as the Biblical Canon, a closed set of texts that are authoritative.

Then the next question some may ask is what about the writings that make up the Catholic Apocrypha. Why are they not considered authoritative?

  • Jewish tradition does not recognize the Apocrypha writings as authoritative.

  • Jesus did not reference the Apocrypha writings in any of His teachings.

  • The disciples and New Testament authors did not reference the Apocrypha.

  • These writings were produced during the 400 years that God was silent.

So the only writings making up the Biblical canon are the 39 books of the Old Testament that was a part of the original Hebrew Bible and the 27 books of the New Testament.

The 27 books of the New Testament have the following authority:

  • The author was one of Jesus' disciples or had a close relationship with them.

  • The contents of the writing was widely accepted by the Early Church as Scripture.

  • The writing gives evidence of being inspired (consistent with the other writings).

(3) We know the Bible is absolutely true because of Prophecy Fulfilled:

We know the Bible is God-breathed, written by human authors under the guidance and direction of the Holy Spirit, absolute truth without any mixture of error because of the Prophecies which have been fulfilled. In fact, this for me, is the most compelling evidence of all that makes me willing to bet my life on following Jesus and the teachings of the 66 books of the Bible.

The Old Testament prophecies about Jesus, the Messiah, were written 480 - 1,400 years before Jesus took on human flesh through the virgin birth. Yet all of the prophecies related to His first coming have been completely fulfilled.

Here's a list of some of the most compelling prophecies which Jesus fulfilled:

  • The Messiah would be from the seed of Abraham (Gen 12:1-3, 22:18)

  • The Messiah would be of the tribe of Judah (Gen 49:10)

  • The Messiah would be of the lineage of David (2 Sam 7:12)

  • The Messiah would be born in Bethlehem (Mic 5:2)

  • The Messiah would be born of a virgin (Isa 7:14)

  • The Messiah would come before the temple was destroyed (Mal 3:1, Dan 9:26)

  • The Messiah would heal the blind, deaf, lame, and mute (Isa 35:5-6)

  • The Messiah would be rejected by His people (Psa 118:22)

  • The timeframe when the Messiah would be revealed and die (Dan 9:24-26)

  • How the Messiah would die (Psa 22:16-18, Isa 53:5, Zec 12:10)

  • The Messiah would rise from the dead (Psa 16:10)

Here are two specific prophecies that I find amazing:

Prophecy of the 30 Pieces of Silver:

Zechariah wrote that the Jewish people were exiled to Babylon because they were not willing to follow God. He said if you are not willing to follow God, pay Him his wages (30 pieces of silver) and the relationship between God (the Shepherd) and His sheep (Israel) would be severed. Then it says "I took the 30 pieces of silver and threw them into the house of the LORD to the potter." This is in Zechariah 11:12-13.

Fast forward 450 years and the chief priests paid Judas Iscariot 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus (Matthew 26:14-15). After Jesus was crucified, Judas was filled with remorse and threw the 30 pieces of silver into the temple. The chief priests used that money to buy the potter's field as a burial place for foreigners fulfilling the Zechariah prophecy (Matthew 27:5-7).

So the priests who wanted to crucify Jesus to prove He was not the Messiah actually proved by fulfilling Bible Prophecy that He is the Messiah!

Prophecy of the Crucifixion:

Before crucifixion was even invented, God's Word said the Messiah would be killed by crucifixion:

  • Isaiah 53:5 He was pierced for our rebellion (written 700 BC)

  • Psalm 22:16-18 They have pierced my hands and feet - I can count my bones - they stare and gloat over me; they divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots (written 586 BC)

The first historical record of crucifixion by King Darius 1 of Persia was in 519 BC. The Romans didn't start using crucifixion until 300 BC.

Yet Scripture says Jesus would be crucified over 500 years before he was in 32 AD.

Did you know that Isaiah 53 so clearly points to Jesus that it is not read in Jewish synagogues today. Why? Because if the Scripture is understood, it changes everything. The Jews would have to accept Jesus as their Messiah, God in human flesh.

Only God can take something intended for evil and turn it into something good (Romans 8:28).

Dear Lord, Thank you for giving us the Scriptures, Your Holy Word, completely true and without error, God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness, so that we, your servants, may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. In Jesus' name I pray, amen.

Jan Weihl

Living Word Ministries

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