“Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth.” – John 17:17
Another characteristic of the Word of God that we will look at is its inerrancy. The inerrancy of the Word of God is a topic that has been hotly discussed and debated in the recent years. In the very word ‘inerrant’ one can see the questions that this word poses: “Are there any errors in the Bible?” “Is the Bible true and without error or does it contain in it some error?” “If it does, does that detract from its authority or veracity?” The questions associated with the inerrancy of Scripture are endless and the topic is so vast that we are unable to address it in merely one or two blog posts. Much ink has been spilled on the subject in the past and it has continued to be spilt as men of God continue to defend the inerrancy of the Word.
In this post I don’t want to deal with the controversies that surround inerrancy or the debates that swirl in today’s culture. Rather I hope to look at inerrancy from the perspective of one who already believes the Bible to be true and use the Word of God to affirm what it already states about itself to be true. If you deny the inerrancy of the Word then your belief in God must be reshaped for it is fundamentally flawed. If you trust that the Word of God is true, then praise the Lord, for His Word is completely inerrant.
(I) What is Inerrancy? Before we begin using the Word of God to defend its inerrancy, I want us to take a look at what it means for the Word of God to be inerrant. Inerrancy means that the Scriptures in the original manuscripts are completely and totally true, there is no error in them. The inerrancy of God’s Word is vital to every single area of the Christian walk. To deny the inerrancy of the Word is to deny the trustworthiness of God Himself, thereby destroying any reason to believe in Him. If God Himself is flawed and presented a flawed Word to us then there is no reason that we should obey or believe Him. He would be a liar. Inerrancy therefore must be upheld and the Word of God must be defended as completely and totally inerrant. We will look at the support of inerrancy below:
(II) God Cannot Lie in any way, shape, or form. Our God is the God of truth (Jn. 3:33; 17:3s). This is essential if we are believe that the Word of God in totally and completely inerrant. Because it is the nature of God to be true, then that means that everything He says is completely true. God cannot lie (Tit. 1:2), when He speaks, He speaks only truth, therefore His Word must be completely without error (Ps. 119:140, 160). God’s words can and should be trusted because if God is completely un-lying in Himself and His words, will always be proved to be completely free from error (Heb. 6:18). Because we know that God cannot lie, we can rest in the confidence that the Words he speaks are as David said in 2 Samuel 7:28, “Now, O LORD GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant.”
(III) Therefore, every single Word in Scripture is Truth, there can be no errors within: If God is a God, “…who cannot lie…” then all His Words, especially His Words in the Scripture are completely and totally true. The Scriptures are constantly testifying to their own truthfulness (Ps. 12:6). Numbers 23:19 is a passage that speaks very directly about the truth of the Word, it reads, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent; has He said, and will not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” God’s Word is totally true, completely inerrant (Prov. 30:5). John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them in the truth, Your Word is truth.” This is perhaps the most concise and accurate statements on the inerrancy of the Word of God. John says it plainly, “…Your Word is truth.” God’s Word, because it is true and is the standard of truth it is firmly and solidly fixed in heaven. It is unshaking and immovable (Ps. 119:89). Nothing will cause the Word of the Lord to fade away, because it is the truth. The truth is something that cannot be destroyed. Jesus Himself spoke of His Words in this way saying in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away.” All these verses are precise and clear explanations that the Word of God is totally and completely inerrant. It is the truth!
(IV) If God’s Word is True, Can Anything New Contradict it? The honest question that is posed above must be answered in a Biblical way. If there was some new fact, some new discovery, or some new revelation that contradicted the Word of God, would that prove that the Word is not true? Not at all. The reason is because nothing can contradict the ultimate standard of truth (Jn. 17:17). It is, in fact, impossible for anything to be found, or discovered, or revealed, that contradicts the Bible. If there is, then that “fact” must be false because God, the God of truth, is the author of Scripture and He cannot be denied. There are many facts that may well be discovered that will help us interpret or understand the Bible in a greater and fuller way, but there are no discoveries that will contradict the Word. Anything found that will shed light on the Scriptures should be studied intensely and exhaustively because if the discovery is true it will only add to the inerrancy and veracity of the Word of God. No true fact can contradict the Word of God, for God’s Word alone is the one fact and the one source of absolute and complete truth.