Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture – Quotes, Chapter 2 – “The Church, a Pillar of Truth: B. B. Warfield’s Church Doctrine of Inspiration” by Michael D. William
While truly coming to us through the words of human beings and evidencing the realities of human authorship, the Bible is nevertheless nothing less than “the crystallized voice of God.”
The truthfulness of the text, its inerrancy, is thus a natural implication of its being the speech of God. Scripture insists that God is a truth teller – he cannot lie – and he is ignorant of nothing. This, being the breathed-out speech of God, the Bible is not only inerrant — without errors — but also infallible — incapable of error.
God so associates himself with his Word that rejection of that Word is a rejection of its divine author.
Warfield: Evidence can show that the Bible is trustworthy, but evidence alone can never be sufficient to bring conviction to our souls that it is the Word of God or bring submission to its authority. Only the testimony of the Holy Spirit can accomplish this.
Warfield: The church has held from the beginning that the Bible is the Word of God in such a sense that its words though written by men and bearing indelibly impressed upon them the marks of their human origin, were written, nevertheless, under such an influence of the Holy Ghost as to be also the words of God, the adequate expression of His mind and will.
Rather than working from a presumption of error and demanding that every assertion be rationally proved before it can be accepted, the regenerate come to Scripture with a predisposition that it is true.
John Frame: We confess the Bible as the Word of God not because we have solved all the difficulties, but because God himself (in the text) and the Spirit (in our hearts) has so identified it.
Sinclair Ferguson: We subscribe to biblical authority not on the grounds of our ability to prove it but because of the persuasiveness of its testimony to be God’s own Word.
The burden is not ours to prove all of Scripture is true; it belongs rather, to those who believe it is not to prove any of it otherwise.
We are to receive the Word of God with the same reverence we owe to Jesus.
The Bible is authoritative because it is God’s own breath… As God’s Word to his people, it demands the response of our absolute trust.
When we say that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God, we mean both that the Bible is completely true in all it affirms and that we approach it as the very Word of God.