Some think the Bible must be used to prove its claims of inspiration. Critics argue that Christians claim the Bible is inspired and then prove it by quoting the Bible. But the Bible can be proved to inspired of God without quoting passages that claim its inspiration. Instead of assuming the Bible to be the word of God, we can begin by demonstrating that the scriptures are reliable and trustworthy historical documents. In a previous article, I pointed out that we are able to trust the Old and New Testaments as historically reliable. Anyone who argues against the historical accuracy of the Bible must also argue against the historical accuracy of the writing of Homer, Tacitus, Julius Caesar, William Shakespeare, and all works of antiquity. There has not been found any fraud, inaccuracy, or error in the scriptures.
Our next step is to establish that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. Not only does the Bible affirm that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, but many other historical documents of antiquity, including Josephus, record that Jesus claimed to be the Son of God. The greatest proof Jesus would use to validate his claim of being the Son of God was his ability to raise himself from the dead.
Upon examining the evidence, there is overwhelming proof supporting the contention that Jesus did raise from the dead. We will go into these proofs in more detail in future articles. But for now, let us quickly make a couple points. If Jesus did not raise from the dead, then the Jews simply needed to reveal the body of Jesus laid in the tomb to destroy the apostles claim of a risen Jesus. Throughout the book of Acts, the apostles repeatedly claimed Jesus to have risen from the dead. The Jewish leaders persecuted, arrested, and killed the apostles for preaching these things. Rather than be flustered, if Jesus had not truly risen from the dead, those Jewish leaders could have produced the body. They could have made a museum where the body of Jesus lay in the tomb to quickly put an end to the apostles’ claims of a risen Jesus. But for 2000 years there has been no body and no reasonable explanation given for the empty tomb except that Jesus did rise from the dead.
Since Jesus rose from the dead, he truly is the Son of God as he claimed to be. Only God can bring life to dead. Since Jesus is God, he speaks with authority on all matters. We know from the Bible and from historical documents that Jesus consider the Old Testament to be the word of God by quoting from it and plainly saying it is the word of the Lord (Matthew 22:29-33; 15:1-6; 5:17-18; Luke 24:27,44; John 10:34-36). Further, Jesus told his disciples who would pen the New Testament that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth (John 14:26). Therefore, we are able to prove the Bible to be the very words of God even without using 2 Timothy 3:16 or 2 Peter 1:16-21 which both affirm the very conclusion. Jesus proved himself to be the Son of God and declared the Bible to be Gods words. Just as our brother or sister may have relayed to us the very words of our parents to obey, so the apostles and prophets have relayed to us the very words of God by writing those words down for us to read and understand today.