Characteristics of the Bible

The Tuesday feature of the Worldly Saints is all about reading. The post is meant to share some of my reflections from the latest book or magazine article or blog post I have or am reading. At times, I may post a book blurb (a wannabe book review) or recommend books to be read by others.


It has been encouraging to see the resurgence of reading materials on the subject of bibliology. Kevin DeYoung’s contribution to the topic is a book called Taking God at His Word: Why the Knowable is Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me. Then, John MacArthur book Why Believe the Bible was republished this year. These books along with the 2015 Inerrancy Summit hosted by Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, CA have drawn much attention to the relevance of the Bible.


Today, I thought I would create a primer list of characteristics of the Bible. When we ask the question, “What does God’s Word mean for us?”, we could answer with the following thirteen terms.

  1. Authoritative – The Bible is the final word and highest standard of real authority (Matt 5:17-18).
  2. Clear – The Bible does not speak in “code” or mystery, but clarifies truth in a way that man cannot (Ps 19:8).
  3. Complete – The Bible does not need to be updated or upgraded; it says everything it needs to say (Rev 22:18-20).
  4. Effective – The Bible will do what it says it will do (Isa 55:10-11).
  5. Eternal – The Bible will never come to an end (Ps 119:152, 160).
  6. Foundational – The Bible contains truth that enables us to discern between right and wrong and build a Christian worldview (Ps 19:7).
  7. Incomparable – The Bible does not have another source of material that is equal. It cannot be compared to anything else (Ps 19:10).
  8. Inerrant – The Bible in it’s totality is free of any error in the original autographs (Prov 30:5).
  9. Infallible – The Bible is completely true and useful, because it comes from God (II Per 1:19).
  10. Inspired – The Bible comes directly from the mouth and mind of God (II Tim 3:16-17).
  11. Knowable – The Bible can be understood, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit (John 14:25-26).
  12. Salvific – The Bible contains the truth necessary to convert an unbeliever (Rom 10:14-17).
  13. Sufficient – The Bible is enough; nothing needs to be added to it for improvement; nothing needs to be subtracted to it for the same reasons (II Tim 3:15-17).















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