What is the Word of God?
The Word of God is the special revelation of eternal God.
Special revelation is revelation that is particular [not given to all of creation] and propositional [given through human language]. Special revelation is direct propositional revelation from God. Special revelation reveals truth that otherwise man could not know. Special revelation has been with man ever since he was still in the Garden of Eden and is necessary for him to understand himself and his world properly; Adam could not have interpreted his world properly without it. In His omniscience God chose to reveal His special revelation to man in a progressive manner, revealing more and more of His person, character, will, and plan throughout history. No previous revelation was ever contradicted. (Deuteronomy 29:29; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Kings 17:24; Genesis 2:15-17)
How was the Word of God given to us?
The Word of God was initially given to us by eternal God in verbal, visual, and written forms. The Word of God was directly given to the Old Testament Prophets and New Testament Apostles either by direct revelation from God or from an angelic messenger or by indirect revelation through a dream, voice, or vision. The Word of God was taken from its original verbal, visual, and written forms and expressed entirely in written form comprising the original autographs, which were subsequently authenticated [declared genuine] and canonized [declared sacred] by select individuals under the guidance of God the Holy Spirit. The written Word of God was subsequently extracted from its original autographs [original manuscripts], re-organized, consolidated, and translated into many different languages. The written Word of God, also known as the Holy Scriptures, has been handed down to us today as an organized collection of texts bounded into a textbook called the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible is comprised of two sections: the Hebrew Canon [Old Testament] and the Greek Canon [New Testament]. The Hebrew Canon consists of 39 books [by Protestant count; or 24 books by Jewish count] while the Greek Canon consists of 27 books. (2 Peter 1:20-21; John 16:12-13)
Where is the written Word of God found?
Why was the written Word of God given to us?
The written Word of God was given to us so that we may know God. The written Word of God reveals the Triune God—Father, Son [Jesus Christ as the living Word of God], and Holy Spirit. The written Word of God was given to us for the purpose of assimilation into our soul. (John 20:31; 1 John 5:20)
Is the Holy Bible the complete Word of God?
The Holy Bible is the complete written Word of God in the sense that it contains everything that God wants us to know about Him but not necessarily everything that He is or every detail about Him. Everything that God wants us to know about Him can be found in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
Who or what is the Holy Bible about?
The Holy Bible is about God. The Holy Bible, in its entirety, is an autobiography of the Triune God and the totality of His grand creation, detailing creation’s historical beginning to its future destiny. The Holy Bible includes in its narrative the events of creation, its fall, and the redemption of all things as well as major events throughout the time span of creation’s history from beginning [alpha moment] to end [omega moment]. It is in the Holy Bible that we learn about the origin of the universe, the origin of the angels, their fall, the angelic rebellion, the angelic appeal trial, the origin of man, his fall, the trials and tribulations of history, genetic tampering by fallen angels interbreeding with mankind, God’s judgment on the earth with a worldwide flood, the origin of the multiplicity of human language, the origin of the Jews as God’s special people group, God’s plan of redemption through Messiah, the origin of the Church as God’s Son [second member of the Triune Godhead, Jesus Christ’s] special possession, God’s way of salvation through faith alone in Christ alone, and God’s plan for the eternal destiny of man on the new heavens and new earth. (Romans 11:36; Colossians 1:16)