I want to speak to you this morning on, “The Invincible Power of the Inerrant Word.”
Prayer: Steven Lawson said that we should take his outline and teach it to your church.
We understand what the word inerrant means. It means that it is without any errors as it was recorded in its original autographs. This is a flawless book in all that it states.
Psalm 12:6-7 states, “The words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times.” Refined to absolute perfection. It is a flawless book in all that it states.
Psalm 119:140: “Your word is very pure, therefore Your servant loves it.”
Proverbs 30:5 says, “Every word of God is tested,” meaning: it has been put into the fire. There are no impurities that remain. It is the pure gold and silver of the truth of God.
Jesus prayed in John 17:17, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your Word is truth.” The word truth means reality, the way things really are. It does not mean that which the culture or population says that something is. It is not reality as is perceived by us. The word truth means reality: the way things really are. Sin is whatever God says sin is. Salvation is whatever God says salvation is. Heaven and hell are whatever God says heaven and hell are. “Let every man be found a liar. Let God be found true!”
In James 1:25, the Scripture is referred to as the perfect law.
In 1 Peter 2:2, the Bible represents itself as the pure milk of the Word. That is to say, it is unadulterated. It is unvarnished.
The Bible says in Hebrews 6:18, “It is impossible for God to lie.” I have translated this from the Greek and it says “It is impossible for God to lie.” It means what it says, and says what it means.
Titus 1:2 speaks of “God, who cannot lie.” There are some things that God cannot do. God can never contradict Himself. It is impossible for God to lie, because He is the Truth. And His Son is the Truth. And His Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. And thus the Word of God is the Truth.
Spurgeon said, “If I did not believe in the absolute infallibility of Scripture, I would never enter the pulpit again.” And so it is for all of us who gather here today. If we do not believe in the inerrancy of the Word of God we would never enter a pulpit again. Because the Word of God is inerrant, it is, by necessity, invincible.
Because the Word of God is absolutely pure, it is therefore absolutely powerful. Because the Bible is what it claims to be, it is able to do what it claims to do. The word invincible means “incapable of being overcome or subdued,” “incapable of being conquered or debated.” Such is the supernatural power of the Word of God.
The Bible is so invincible that it requires many different symbols to communicate the whole of its power. The Bible is like a beautiful diamond that has many different facets. And when you hold it up to the light, its beauty refracts the light out of each facet, such that no one metaphor can communicate the perfection of the Bible. There are many metaphors. And many metaphors just to get our arms around the absolute infallibility of Scripture, I
SEVEN SYMBOLS, METAPHORS OF SACRED SCRIPTURE
I want to set before us seven symbols of Sacred Scripture—seven metaphors or analogies that Scripture employs to speak of itself. How the Bible represents itself to us.
And I would encourage you to put this outline in the back of your Bible, to preach this outline, and to teach this as a lesson.