This is a very important question that must be answered if one is to come to (1) An accurate knowledge of God and His Messiah, (2) know what the Bible is and what it is not, and (3) know who to give prominence to when we approach The Most High God in prayer or any request we have from Him.
Many have been taught that The Bible is The Word of God; that it itself is Scripture. Is this true? Well, what is Scripture?
2 Tim 3:16 says that:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness …”
All Scripture is God-breathed. In other words, everything that comes out of the mouth of God – that is spoken by Him, and written down – is Scripture.
Let me give you an example of what is Scripture and what is not:
For example, at Isaiah 44:6:
This is what the Lord says— Israel’s King and Redeemer, the Lord Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.
Another example at Zechariah 1:3:
Therefore tell the people: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the Lord Almighty.
All of The Book of Revelation. Why? Because as stated at Revelation 1:1. it is a revelation by Jesus Christ that GOD GAVE HIM. Jesus dispatches his angel to the Apostle John to transmit the revelation message him. John, in turn, is told by the angel to write it down. So, the source of the revelation is God. He gives it to His Son, His Son sends it to the Apostle John. And, the Apostle John is told to write it down.
Revelation 1:1-2 shows that God gave His Son the revelation and His Son sends it to the Apostle John.
Revelation 1:10-11 shows where the angel (voice like a loud trumpet) directs him to write it down.
The above are three of many many Scriptures that ARE Scripture. Why? Because God “Breathed” or spoke.
Next, are examples of what is NOT Scripture. First Exodus 5:10:
Then the slave drivers and the overseers went out and said to the people, “This is what Pharaoh says: ‘I will not give you any more straw.
Notice Matthew 4:8-9:
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
These two examples (there are many) are NOT Scripture. Why? Because God did not speak; He did not “breathe” these utterances.
Please understand, I am not saying what Pharaoh or the Devil stated was not stated or was not true; I am stating that what THEY SAID is not Scripture.
It is a clever ploy by the religious system called Christianity to sell the idea that the Bible is Scripture and The Word of God. This is one of the biggest deceptions that it has perpetrated. And, for what reason? To misled and deceive one away from “knowing” and “listening” to the ONLY ONE the Most High God has “approved” as His spokesman – His Word.
Jesus [the]Christ IS The Word of God. Thus, anything that he has spoken and yet speaks is from God. Anything he has spoken and has been written down is ALSO Scripture because he is The Word of God.
For example, at John 14:6 where Jesus says of himself:
I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
This is Scripture.
Now what of “The Bible,” is it Scripture? No!
The Bible” does contain instances of God and Christ speaking and those instances are Scripture. But the Bible itself, in its entirety, is NOT Scripture. It – in its entirety – is not even The Word of God; ONLY Christ Jesus is The Word of God. (Rev 19:13)
It is interesting how proponents of the Bible being the Word of God wrongly use 2 Tim 3:16 as proof-text. But they pull the cart before the horse. A book that appears on the scene many hundreds of years after Christ ascension is “made” – by men – Scripture and The Word of God. No such book called “The Bible” existed in Jesus’ day or in the day of his Apostles.
If they are arrogant enough (and disrespectful enough) to assign a book The Word of God – a title that can only belong to Christ – why not call the Bible The Son of God as well?
They did all they can to take away from Christ what is his and assign it to another.
The Most High God “breathes” at Luke 9:35:
This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.
If you listen to the Bible, then you will get confused. Why? Because you think it ALL “God Breathed.”
The Most High NOW tells us to listen to the utterances of the one He sent. And, the one He sent, does not “breathe” everything written down in The Bible.