Doctrine 3. The Scriptures
Scripture is God’s Word. We have two written forms of God’s word to us. Firstly, we have the inspired word, namely, the writings of people who were inspired by God (e.g. the Pauline epistles). Secondly we have the record of the words that God himself spoke (e.g. the Ten Commandments). These are both parts of and make up the whole of Scripture, the holy books we know as the Bible.
As Christians we believe that the Scriptures are the inspired, inerrant word of God. As such, they have authority and are absolutely necessary to our spiritual lives.
There are many verses that claim that Scripture is God’s word. Examples include 2 Timothy 3.16 (All Scripture is breathed out by God...), Hebrews 1.1-2 (In many and various ways God spoke of old to our fathers the prophets...) and 1 Corinthians 14.37 (...the things I am writing to you are a command of the Lord.)
Scripture not only proclaims itself to be God’s word, we also see this in the fulfilment of prophecies, most notably to do with Jesus. The list is vast and varied: Genesis 3.15, Isaiah 7.14, Micah 5.2, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53 and more.
Being God’s word, the Scriptures have no errors. John Frame puts it like this, ‘"Inerrant" simply means "without error," or "true" in the sense that we normally speak of true sentences, true doctrines, true accounts, true principles. Were God to speak to us in person, "directly," none of us would dare to charge him with error. Errors arise from ignorance or deceit; and our God is neither ignorant, nor is he a deceiver. Similarly, we dare not charge his written Word with error.’ 
Also as God’s word, the Scriptures have total authority. Again to quote John Frame: ‘The authority of Scripture is nothing less than the authority of God himself...’ . Therefore if we doubt or disobey Scripture we are doubting and disobeying God himself. Scripture is not to be taken lightly.
Scripture is also vital for our lives. Jesus quoted Scripture by saying, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ We need to have a good diet of Scripture if we’re to grow and flourish in our spiritual lives.
How wonderful that God has given us his word so that we can not only know his will but also know him. And if those are the benefits of reading and applying Scripture to our lives, why would we ignore it or fail to be excited at the thought of spending time getting to know it better?
Questions for thought:
- What’s your attitude to God’s word? Are you excited about it or do you see it as a chore?
- Do you have favourite passages of Scripture? If so, why are they favourites?
- How do you go about reading the Bible? Daily? With a bible reading plan? On your own?Learn more:
- Theory: Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, chapters 4-8
- Practical: How To Read The Bible For All Its Worth, Gordon D Fee and Douglas Stuart
 John Frame – Is the Bible Inerrant? (http://reformedperspectives.org/files/reformedperspectives/theology/TH.Frame.inerrancy.html)