In a world filled with contradicting thoughts and ideas about life, it can be difficult to know who or what we can trust. Specifically in the area of counseling, there exist all kind of differing philosophies fighting for our acceptance. At Grace Biblical Counseling Ministries we believe in the supreme power and authority of the Bible to give counsel. In supporting its trustworthiness, we often use two important words that describe the source of Scripture’s writings. These two words are “inspired” and “infallible.”
When we say that the Bible is inspired, we mean that it was not written by human wisdom, but rather through the divine guidance of God. Every single word has been God-breathed through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Because of this, Scripture is not full of potentially corrupt words from sinful men; instead, it is full of perfect words of truth that come from our holy God. We see this clearly in 2 Timothy 3:16, which says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The word “All” is key here, as it means that God drove every single word laid out for us today in the Bible.
The Bible is also infallible, meaning that it contains absolute truth in its entirety. As the very Word of God, it consists of error-free truth that never changes and is untainted by sin, just like its perfect author. Its infallibility should drive us to passionate, in-depth studies as we treasure each word in our hearts, knowing that it will never disappoint. Not a word is false or can ever fail, so we can have confidence in it with every fiber of our being.
Isaiah 40:8 says, “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” When we trust in His Word, we will not be put to shame. There is no greater truth to set our feet on than the everlasting Word of God. For this reason, we can confidently trust in its promises and live our lives by its instruction.