But is Scripture’s teaching about itself credible? Consider:
other doctrine is compatible with absolute-personality theism. If God is
a person who speaks with absolute authority, then he reveals himself
with nothing less than supremely authoritative speech or writing. If God
revealed himself in such a way that we could freely criticize his words
and believe something else instead, then he would not be the God
revealed in Scripture. One does not talk back to the biblical God. His
Word has supreme authority. And just as it cannot be disproved by
something else of greater authority, so it cannot be proved in such a
way. God’s Word, like himself, must be supremely authoritative and
therefore self-attesting. On the conventional wisdom, the biblical
doctrine of Scripture is implausible; but if you presuppose a Christian
worldview, no other doctrine of revelation is conceivable.
(2) Like all
other biblical teachings, the doctrine of Scripture will be credible to
you if the Holy Spirit opens your mind to it. Otherwise, it will not be.
As we might expect, faith in an absolute personality is a supernatural
(3) This doctrine was taught by many different biblical authors,
from many different times and settings, with many different strengths
and weaknesses. None of them found fault with the Bible; all accepted it
as their covenant constitution.
(4) Above all, this doctrine was taught
by Jesus, by the apostles whom he appointed to communicate his
teaching, and by the prophets of the Old Testament, who anticipated his
coming. Thus, Scripture is a necessary element in the great drama of
redemption. The credibility of that redemption validates the Scriptures,
and vice versa.