THE BIBLE STANDS
Every word of God is pure.
It cannot be otherwise. The Holy Scriptures are holy because their Author is holy. They are the “oracles of God.” An oracle is something that is spoken. Every word from the mouth of Him who cannot lie must be absolutely pure. The God of Truth has spoken. How unthinkable that His Word be tinged with falsehood! God has graciously revealed Himself. How dreadful the consequences if that divine revelation was marred with inaccuracies! J. C. Ryle put it succinctly: “Once admit the principle that the writers of the Bible could make mistakes and were not in all things guided by the Spirit, then I know not where I am. I see nothing certain, nothing solid, nothing trustworthy in the foundations of my faith. A fog has descended on the Book of God, and enveloped every chapter in uncertainty!”
Let us hold fast to the absolute trustworthiness of the Bible. No other book has been so tried and tested. “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6). The divine volume has been cast into the furnace of the fiercest criticism. It has passed through the hottest of fires; yet it has come forth without even the smell of burning upon it. “Come,” C. H. Spurgeon challenged, “search, ye critics, and find a flaw; examine it from its Genesis to its Revelation and find an error. This is a vein of pure gold, unalloyed by quartz or any earthy substance. This is a star without a speck; a sun without a blot; a light without darkness; a moon without paleness; a glory without a dimness.” Rejoice, Christian. The foundation of God standeth sure!
The Rev. Michael Patrick,
Port Lincoln, South Australia
The Word of God is perfect; it is precious
and pure; it is Truth itself.