“Crucified” is the only really definitive adjective by which to describe the Christian life. – J. Furman Miller
What if every time you handed someone your business card, it read “Christian”? Would the cause of Christ be advanced or set back?
The Bible says: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:20 niv). We are the only advertisement Christ has for His life-changing gospel. And regardless of our “very reverend” title, if we are not reflective of his positive characteristics—he looks bad!
Truth is one of God’s attributes: (Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:14; 14:6; 17:3).
So when he speaks he speaks truthfully. God never lies. Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Titus 1:2; Romans 3:3–4.
Paul states that Scripture is “breathed out” by God (2 Timothy 3:16).
So all that God “breathes out” is true. So the Word of God is true. John 17:14, 17; cf. Psalm 119:142, 151, 160; Revelation 21:5; 22:6.
The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly.
– Oswald Chambers
Doctrine of inspiration
The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible contains at least the following seven elements:
1. Divine origin The origin of the Bible is divine.
2. Human agency The Bible was indeed written under the power of the Holy Spirit, but also through the agency of human writers.
3. The Bible is verbally inspired The Bible is a book consisting of words and so can be said to be verbally inspired.
4. Christians believe in the plenary inspiration of the Bible The whole of the Bible, and not just parts of it are divinely inspired.
5. Only autographs are inspired Only the autographs, that is the original documents penned by the biblical authors, are inspired. If the King James Version, or any other Bible version, should contain a tiny mistake that does not undermine the inspiration of the whole Bible. For Christians only believe that the Bible as originally given was inspired by God.
6. The Bible is inerrant Christians are happy to say that because Scripture is divinely inspired, it is inerrant and has no errors in it.
7. The Bible is the final authority Since Scripture is inspired and inerrant, it follows that it, and it alone, has final authority in all matters of Christian teaching and Christian practice.