The Bible is also called the “Word of God”  and “the Scriptures,”  but they all mean the same thing – the written account of God’s creative purpose and dealings with mankind since the creation of the world, where God intervenes in the history of the human race.
We are told that the Scriptures originate from God, by His Spirit, through the hands of chosen vessels – men of God…
II Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness
II Peter 1:20-21
Knowing this first of all, that no word of Scripture gives way to private individual interpretation, because no teaching ever came by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
Because the Bible has its origin from God by His Spirit, and God does not and cannot lie because He Himself is truth, this makes His Word true and a manifestation of truth…
This God – His way is perfect; the word of the LORD proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him.
Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.
Therefore we hold that the Bible is inerrant, infallible…that is, in its form as it was originally given to man from God, it is free from error and contains only aspects of truth and reality.
In all of its history, the Bible has been demonstrated true over and over again, through Biblical Archeology and even through the passages that touch upon the nature of the world and cosmos that the various sciences have only discovered within the last 100 years or so. However, translations of the original Scriptures are not infallible nor inerrant, nor does it mean that a man’s interpretation or commentary on the Scriptures is infallible:
I Timothy 1:7
desiring to be teachers of the law, without understanding either what they are saying or the things about which they make confident assertions.
I Timothy 4:1
Now the Spirit explicitly says, that in latter times some will fall away from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
II Timothy 3:7
always learning but never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth.
II Peter 3:15-16
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
Because of the importance of the Scriptures and what they teach, and because, as the passage in II Peter above demonstrates, we need to study the Scriptures for ourselves as they require studying in today’s culture and age, so that we can know what they actually teach us. In the Book of Acts, we find the Bereans were noteworthy in that they did just that – they studied the Scriptures for themselves to make sure that what Paul and the other evangelists were telling them was the truth…
Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.
Although the following passage deals mostly with ministers of the Gospel, it should also be applied to each of us individually…because how do you know if the pastor you sit under and listen to knows what he is talking about?
II Timothy 2:15
Make every studious effort to do your best to cause yourself to stand in God as acceptable, an irreproachable worker correctly handling the Word of Truth.
But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong because you know neither the Scriptures, nor the power of God.
We also need to understand and recognize, that just because someone sounds good or has a solid grasp on one subject, that they have a solid grasp on all Biblical subjects. We have a prime example of this written down for us in Acts…
Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures. He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John. He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained to him the way of God more accurately.
Apollos was a Jew born in Alexandria in Egypt, most likely his ancestors were carried there when Alexander the Great conquered Israel and practiced Hellenism (the carrying away of people from their homelands and planting them in other conquered lands within the empire; this strategy kept uprisings from taking place). So Apollos had heard of Jesus and the gospel and had accepted it, and evidently had been baptized by John, so he was in Jerusalem at least while John was still alive, either before or immediately after Jesus came into the spotlight.
Apollos had been accurately taught concerning the things of Jesus, that He was the Messiah, His mission in coming to earth, His ministry, and so forth. However, just because He knew about Jesus, didn’t mean that he had the whole story down correctly. Priscilla and Aquila, friends of Paul the Apostle, heard Apollos speaking and went and pulled him aside somewhere and they had to “explained to him the way of God more accurately.” So he evidently had some things correct, but not all of it – and we see the same thing happening today in churches all over this country. Some have the things of Jesus down correctly and accurately teach them, but they do not have “the way of God” accurate.
What’s the difference? The way of God is the complete story, not just a paragraph of the story. Apollos had only a portion of the “way of God” down, but a portion is not the whole story, it is only a portion. When we only have half of the truth, and the other half that we teach is wrong…then that makes the whole thing wrong. A little lie added to a true story to embellish it, makes the entire truth into a lie. When Priscilla and Aquila took Apollos aside and explained the whole “way of God” to him, he evidently accepted it and became a man of God just under rank of Paul.
The Word of God is not just another book, God worked in history to bring all of these historical writings together into one place and preserved them so that we could have what we need in order to be taught in righteousness:
II Timothy 3:16-17
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Being “God-breathed,” the Scriptures come to life in the believer’s life by the working of the Spirit of God within us in the different ways that He does. Sometimes you will read a verse and it just “jumps out at you” and you have a deeper understanding of it than you ever had before, even though you read it a number of times already before!
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
I Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.
I Peter 1:23
since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
Through the work of the Spirit of God, the Word of God is alive and active in the believer, it works in our lives and abides within us when we get enough of it in us for it to work and live. This is one reason why we need to read and study the Word of God as much as we can, so that it can get down inside of us and do its work…but that work takes place mostly when we put it into practice, which is why Jesus tells us:
But Jesus answered, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
One of the reasons why we need to have the Scriptures implanted within our minds, is because it is also a weapon (both defensive and offensive) against the things of darkness, not just demonic powers, but against the darkness of false teachings…
and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God,
We also need to be careful that we don’t add our own things to the Scriptures, because when we do that, we can nullify the effectiveness of God’s Word not only in our own lives, but also in the lives of those around us…
he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.
If we are not careful in handling the distractions of this life – whether they be normal everyday activities that we must do, like cooking and working…or whether they are the things that we do for “entertainment,” they can become the little termites that each away at our spiritual homes until it is completely destroyed…
but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the Word, and it proves unfruitful.
We touched briefly upon the fact that the Bible has been demonstrated not only historically, but also scientifically in the things of nature that it touches (because it is not a science book, it does not explain everything concerning nature), that it is 100% accurate in all that it addresses and states. One of these proofs is unique to Scripture, and that is in the realm of the prophetic.
Not only cities of antiquity, but peoples and even specific individuals are found addressed in Biblical prophecy, and everything that was foretold in those prophecies has come to pass. No other “prophetic entity” has a 100% perfect rack record like the Bible has, therefore it is trustworthy as being demonstrated to be written from God, and not just men. For example, God pronounces doom upon several OT cities and peoples, such as the cities of Tyre, Babylon, and Ashkelon with its inhabitants of the Philistines – and they have all perished and have been destroyed, just as God foretold.
Individuals like Cyrus and Nebuchadnezzar were foretold would do things before they were even born, Cyrus over a hundred years before he was born…and of course, the Messianic prophecies concerning Jesus Christ…
I Corinthians 15:3 – 4
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,
Here Paul is basically telling the Corinthian church that Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead in resurrection power on the third day after His death and burial – just as the prophecies concerning the Messiah foretold. Because the Scriptures contain the truth of all that matters, it is a source of encouragement to those in covenant relationship with God in Christ…
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
So all in all, the Bible is an important tool in the life of the believer in Christ. It is true and without error or fault, and has been demonstrated as such now for over 100 years through various means. The believer can also test the veracity of the Scriptures by putting into practice those things taught to him in the Scriptures, such as giving monetarily to the cause of God and watching that gifting come back to him two-fold…or by taking authority over disease and healing someone, or taking authority and power over the powers of darkness, etc. God says…
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!
II Corinthians 9:6
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
The point here we are making, is that because what the Scriptures tells us is true, we can put it to the test and see that everything that we are told therein is true, and therefore trustworthy. In a very real way, putting our faith and trust in the Scriptures is the same as putting our faith and trust in God, from whom the Scriptures came. After all, we need to be like the
I Thessalonians 2:13
And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.