ALL Scripture

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

Of the authorship of the Bible, John Wesley said, “The Bible must have been written by God or good men or bad men or good angels or bad angels.” And then he said, “But bad men and bad angels wouldn’t write it because it condemns bad men and bad angels. And good men and good angels wouldn’t deceive by lying to its authority and claiming that God wrote it.” “And so”, said Wesley, “the Bible must have been written as it claims to have been written by God who by His Holy Spirit inspired men to record His words using the human instrument to communicate His truth.”

The Bible claims for itself that it is:

Infallible – without error in total – Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

Inerrant in all it’s parts – Pr 30: 5-6 Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.  Do not add to his words, or he will rebuke you and prove you a liar.

Complete – Deut 4:2 You shall not add to the Word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it. Rev 22:18-19 – I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book. And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.

Authoritative – Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken. Psalm 119:89, Forever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in heaven.

Sufficient – 2 Tim 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:  17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

Effective – Isaiah 55:11 So is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.

Divine – 2 Pet 1:21 21For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

NOTE: The above was gleaned from The Character of the Word by John MacArthur

11 responses to “ALL Scripture

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  2. Do not fear the Lord’s angels
    Seeing angels is a very rare experience, although I myself can give witness of seeing these angelic beings throughout my life. Yet others, including my wife has never seen an angel, yet, she believes in angels just as much as I do.
    My experience of seeing these angelic beings has not increased my faith, you would think that it would but it doesn’t, for the measure of my faith has come from the Lord.
    There is no need to fear angels, for if the Lord wanted you to witness them He would certainly remove any fear.
    Now some people think that by going into spiritual things, that this would cause you to witness evil spirits as such. But let me assure you of God’s Word, if you ask your heavenly Father for bread, He will not give you a stone, and if you ask Him for a fish, He will not give you a serpent, or ask for an egg, He won’t say, “here is a scorpion”, your heavenly Father will give you the Holy Spirit, if you ask Him. This is the teachings of Jesus.
    Will He not give the knowledge of His angels to you if you ask Him? He certainly will not give you evil spirits. The scripture Luke 11v 13, proves this, do read.
    The need to know this teaching in these days could not be more needed by Christians who are under attack as never before.
    Now the Bible calls our body a vessel, or flesh, and this vessel is too weak to hold God’s Word
    Do you remember when Jesus said to His disciples the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak. Matthew 26.41,
    yet, we have many people today who believe that by quoting the Word of God alone you can overcome anything, this certainly is not true.
    For we need the Word of God and His heavenly host of angels to confront and destroy the evil in this world, for evil constantly seeks to destroy us.
    Now I would like to give you a little information about some of God’s holy angels. But first I must stress to you a very important word that the Lord has given to me. That angels can be commanded to retrieve the promises of God, and to attack the problems in your lives. But on no occasion would the Lord have us to pray to angels, or seek to converse with angels, for this is forbidden by the Lord. For we only make our petitions to God through Jesus Christ.
    Now the Holy scriptures speaks of the Watchers, angelic angels, Daniel chapter4v17. From the Holy scriptures I will give you some names of Holy angels, and their God given ministry on this earth.
    Holy angel Michael, who presides over human virtue, commands nations, and has the power to stop wars, he is merciful and patient. He is the one who crushes the head of the devil.
    Holy angel Gabriel, presides over paradise, and is in charge of the cherubim’s, and other holy angels, he is known as a messenger of God, he has great power given to him by God.
    Holy angel Raphael, who presides over the spirits of men, also is known to bring healing from God to God’s people.
    Holy angel Raguel, he inflicts punishment from God on the evil people of this world, and evil spirits.
    Holy angel Uriel, one of the Holy angels who watch, he presides over clamour, and terror in the world.
    Holy angel Phanuel, presides over those who repent and those who hope in Christ for their eternal life.
    Holy angel Sarakiel,he watches the people who are evil, and records their evil in a book of remembrance.
    The main commandment that the Lord has given to His angels is to restore the earth, which the evil fallen angels have corrupted, and to announce life to it.
    There are other angels who surround the throne of God’s glory, who never, never sleep, but watchers His throne of glory, they are seraphim, cherubin and ophanin, and beyond them innumerable, thousands of thousands, and myriads of myriads, who surround our Lord’s throne.
    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO

    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

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  3. “Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

    “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

    “And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints….” Ephesians 6:10-18

    Where are the angels in the WHOLE armor of God?

    Concerning angels, Michael, Gabriel and Satan are spoken of in inspired scripture, however the rest mentioned are in books never accepted into the canon of scripture, for very good reasons.

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  4. there’s a lot there.

    I am confused about this, Billy, in referring to Michael you wrote

    “He is the one who crushes the head of the devil.”

    I am not sure where you found this idea. The seed of the woman, from Genesis 3:15 will bruise the head of the serpent. Also, Jude seems to indicate that Michael has a different relationship than one of executioner with Satan when he writes,

    “But when the archangel Michael, contending with the devil, was disputing about the body of Moses, he did not presume to pronounce a blasphemous judgment, but said, “The Lord rebuke you.”

    There is only four other times in all of Scripture in which Michael is mentioned, and in none of those circumstances is such a task mentioned.

    Regarding Gabriel as the head of the Cherubim, I am not sure where this comes from either. The Cherubim seem to have, as far as what the bible has to say about it, two tasks, guarding temples – as with the symbology on the walls and curtains of the tabernacle and temple (maybe us, in that we are temples, 2 Cor 6:19, Matthew 18:10, Heb 1:14, but that is way too speculative for my taste), and carrying God upon his throne, whatever such a thing could possibly mean. I am unsure of any time in which Cherubim and Gabriel are mentioned explicitly within the same pericope, much less a hierarchy being discussed.

    This is totally nit-picky, but I don’t know where you get these things from, and your speculation on these relatively small matters brings, in my mind, the faithfulness of your teaching into question in large matters.

    Honestly, Billy, it isn’t the angels that concern me. It is teaching on angels which leaves Scripture behind.

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  5. Dear Brother, The teaching that the Lord has given me on angels, has come from the Holy Scriptures, which some of them can be found in the Bible, or from inspired books of the Bible which are mentioned in the Bible.

    The book of Jasher and the book of Enoch. The holy men in the Bible quoted from these books as being inspired by the Holy Ghost.

    Who am I and who are they who decide what parts of God’s Word is inspired or not. Well, I believe that the Bible and the books mentioned in the Bible are indeed the inspired Word of God.

    I trust in the Holy Spirit to teach me what is the truth and what has been added to in scripture.

    Do seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance when reading scripture, and you too will be amazed at what the Lord will reveal to you. GOD BLESS IN JESUS.

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  6. Hi Billy, thanks for replying.

    I am not sure where to start. Firstly, in response to

    “The holy men in the Bible quoted from these books as being inspired by the Holy Ghost”

    I would ask how you determined that books which God did not see fit to transmit within Scripture are “inspired” or God-Breathed, for the writers indicated no such thing.

    As well, I have not been able to find an actual Book of Jashar, so perhaps you could direct me to a copy which has the information as quoted in Joshua 10:13, 2 Samuel 1:18 and, in the LXX, 1 Kings 8:53. As for Enoch, it is indeed very helpful for understanding a lot, but, again, to presume to know what is completely by the Spirit of God based on your experiences begs the question, why have a bible at all?

    There is an additional problem. If you are presuming that these external sources are of God the Holy Spirit, then does it not also follow that Aratus’ ‘Phaenomena’ as quoted by Paul in Acts 17:28 is also God-Breathed in toto? If you are going to presume the Scriptural nature of other books which are quoted, you cannot obscure others which are quoted. Perhaps a more faithful and healthy way to look at these quotations and citations within Scripture would be that the common grace of God is at work in all walks of life, that the rain falls upon all, and also that a stopped clock is still correct twice a day, and God in the breathing of his Word is more qualified to tell us what is truth and what is not outside of Scripture than we are able to discern through our own experiences.

    The following thought is more than a bit convoluted and speaks against itself within itself:

    “Who am I and who are they who decide what parts of God’s Word is inspired or not. Well, I believe that the Bible and the books mentioned in the Bible are indeed the inspired Word of God.”

    First you seem to say that it is hubris to say what is or isn’t the word of God, which, again, brings one to wonder why even have a bible, if what is or isn’t God’s word is not for us to say. Then you go on to partake in the very act of hubris which you just mentioned, in that you state “I believe…” and then go on to indicate that what you have taught to this point is from God himself, though why we should believe you, beyond your own attestation, is in question.

    The Spirit certainly still works and still gives visions, but if those visions cause someone to teach something which is actually in opposition or in unwarranted addition or subtraction to the word of God (as with saying that Jude, Peter, and the authors of Joshua and 2 Samuel and possibly 1 Kings attested to the God-Breathed nature of these extra biblical books, which they did not do), then the cause of the visions need to be be discerned.

    Blessings to you, Billy, and Dan.

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  7. Well, you sure are a very complicated chap. After reading such a lot of mind boggling questions, I feel that I must answer you once again in a more understandable format.

    The book of Jasher can be found on my blog, they have been in the church and used by the Jews and the Christians as long as the other books of the Bible.

    Many Christians would testify that they are inspired, but many of these books were removed because the Bible would be too big.

    And like I said if it was good enough for Jude the brother of Jesus to quote from the book of Enoch, then I guess it is good enough for me as well.

    I do not intend to throw out God’s Word and reject words fromthe apostles as many have today.

    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO

    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

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  8. Hi Billy,

    I know, I seem to be asking very complicated things, but perhaps it seems that way because you have not thought this through very well. I do appreciate you responding without saying anything, though. Those who have ears to hear will note that you have no response.

    My question about Acts 17:28 is not only valid and reasonable (and very, very simple) but by your criteria you MUST integrate into your Billycanon the pagan book which Paul quoted.

    “many of these books were removed because the Bible would be too big.”

    Billy, I’m sorry, this is hilariously ridiculous.

    There are good answers and for why we have the bible we do. If you want to engage in a conversation and not just say whatever you want with no accountability, just respond to what I asked.

    Blessings,

    Jason

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  9. Billy,

    I have intentionally been quiet to see how your discussion would develop. I was hoping for more from you, Billy – like evidence of intentional and serious scholarship resulting in actual textual citations supporting your views. Jason provided more information concerning the Book of Jasher, and asked for further clarification. And the idea that certain books were deemed non-canonical because the bible would be ‘too big’ is indeed laughable, at best, and tragically sad, at worst.

    My question for you Billy, concerns your statement that we need angels in addition to the Word of God, which proclaims itself sufficient for spiritual warfare, possibly evidenced by Jesus’ lack of calling down angels when he was tempted by Satan in the desert, but rather quoting scripture.

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