I am just so excited for this post today! My friend, Dawn Klinge, is my very first guest blogger here at A Work Of Grace. What an honour it is to have her write a special post for me. I have known her for a while in the blogging world and I love the topics she writes about. Tomorrow is a special day for her…the day of her official book launch! I have read her book and wrote a little review on this post for it. Make sure you check out her book after you read this post: How Do We Know the Bible is True? Here is Dawn…
How do we know the Bible is true? How can we place our trust in the scriptures as God’s Word? This is a deep topic that is far too complex to address adequately in a short blog post. There are many ways that we are given evidence that the Bible is more than just another book, and that it’s source which comes from divine inspiration. Some of those are:
Unique historical accuracy
Unique structure (66 books written over 2,000 years, by more than 40 authors with perfect unity and consistency throughout)
Unique effect (personal experiences of the multitudes of people who have believed it)
The evidence is fascinating and worth studying, but for the sake of brevity, I will focus on only one area: the unique effect of the Bible on those who believe it and live it.
“Truth is recognized only in the course of living it.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer (The Gift of Truth)
Within the same paragraph, Bonhoeffer goes on to say,
“Only the one who has staked his or her life on Christ as the truth is in a position to judge whether Christ speaks and is the truth.”
The more we live by the precepts of God’s Word, found in Bible, the more we will come to a deeper understanding of their truth. Like Peter, stepping out of the boat onto the water at Jesus’s command, we have to take that first step. (Matthew 14:22-23). We trust, and then we will know the truth. The trusting comes first.
“The Word of the Lord is right and true” (Psalm 33:4 NIV)
“Every word of God is flawless” (Proverbs 30:5 NIV)
If we are to believe that the Bible is God’s Word, then we have to trust that every word of it is true. If one word is false, then none of it can be trusted.
Personally, I believe in the whole truth of the Bible. I believe that it’s the divinely inspired word of God. I have placed my trust there, and I have experienced the freedom that comes from living this truth. It’s by the grace of God that I can say this, and not by my own merit. The Holy Spirit has changed my heart and is continuing to do so, as I grow in faith. I wrote about some of these experiences, as I’ve come to a deeper faith in God, in a book called, Look to Jesus: How to Let Go of Worry and Trust God.
Perhaps you haven’t come to a place where you have been able to trust fully in the truth of God’s Word. Maybe you’re feeling a tug at your heart, and a desire to trust God and follow him. If this is you, please know that this desire comes from the Holy Spirit. He’s speaking to you. A good place to start is just to ask the Holy Spirit to change your heart, to help you believe. That’s a step of faith right there. Start living the truth, even if you don’t yet fully understand it, and you will see. That’s a promise from God’s Word.
“Then Jesus said to the Jews who had believed in him, ‘If you continue in my word, you are truly my disciples; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free’ (John 8:31-32)”
Dawn Klinge is the author of Look To Jesus: How to Let Go of Worry and Trust God (January, 2016). She writes about Christian faith regularly at Above the Waves, drawing on her experience as wife and mom to two. She holds a degree in education from the University of Idaho. A pastor’s kid and a church girl her entire life, she’s still trying to figure out what it looks like to put her trust in Jesus. Dawn and her husband, Derek, live near Seattle, Washington. You can also find her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram
This is a book full of truths and hope…one that I will treasure for a very long time.