The Bible is inerrant, which means without error. It is also infallible, which means it will not fail. These are fundamental beliefs in Christianity. This matter because the Bible is our source of God’s Word. If God’s Word isn’t perfect, then it is not God’s. If the Bible is fallible, then it cannot be trusted in what it says regarding faith and practice. It would be just like any other book.
Jesus said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Matthew 24:35). What does that mean?
Pastor John MacArthur expounds, “On another occasion, He said, ‘It is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law,’ that is, His Word, ‘to fail’ (Luke 16:17). It is not possible for the Word of God to be broken (John 10:35).”
This notion of God’s word infallibility infers its unchanging nature. In fact, Psalm 19:7-9 declares, “The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple; 8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.”
God’s Word is true. Therefore it will not change. Humans may try to alter the meaning, but God’s Word will remain pure and true. And when we embrace it, it revies our soul (v. 7). It makes us wise (v. 8). It makes our path clear with eyes open wide (v. 9).
God’s Word is unchanging and beneficial for all who embrace it.
Reflect:Read Psalm 19:7-11. What names does David give the law in verses 7-10? How does David describe the law? What is its benefit?
Respond:Knowing that the Bible is without error and will not fail, how does that influence your view of the Bible? How have you seen the Bible impact your life?