“It is easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” (Luke 16:17, NIV84)
There seems to be a lot of debate in Christian circles today about what the Word of God is. I mean, how much of the Bible is God’s Word, and how much of it is man’s additions? I have to tell you up front that I have a strong bias on this topic. My commitment to arguing that the entire Bible is the Word of God ties to verses like this one. Jesus Himself said that it would be “easier for heaven and earth to disappear than for the least stroke of a pen to drop out of the Law.” We face warnings in the book of Revelation about adding to and subtracting from the Bible. I would just as soon let the entire Bible be the Word of God and not enter eternity telling God I thought I know better than He did.
Given that strong bias, I believe that there is a wonderful blessing that comes with it. I can be certain about what God tells me in the Bible because I hold it as His Word. I can be certain about the truths and the promises that are contained in it. If I had to figure out what was and what wasn’t God’s word, how could I ever be certain about anything? And ultimately, upon whom would my certainty lie? It would have to lie on me or some scholar who is telling me what parts I could be certain of. I am not sure I want my certainty of the Bible to rest on me (or any other person). I am not something to be certain about. But if God is the Author of this amazing book, and not even the stroke of a pen can be removed from it, then I can be certain in God rather than in me (man).
Today, let’s be as certain about God’s Word as we are about God.