- The Bible really only has one author – God himself
- The human writers wrote through divine inspiration
- God spoke through people from many walks of life
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
(2 Peter 1:20)
The human writers of the Bible were farmers, kings, fisherman, tax-collectors, musicians, and people from other walks of life. But the Bible is unique among all others because during the 1,400 years it was written, it really had only One author – God himself. The whole collection of books is the message God communicated through many different writers to reveal to the world who he is and how he operates in our world. We say that each verse is “inspired (breathed in) by God”.
- Paul said (2 Timothy 3:16), “All Scripture is God-breathed…”
- Paul also wrote (1 Thessalonians 2:13), “…when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe.”
The main human writers of the Old Testament were Moses and the Prophets. Moses wrote the first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy). These contain the story of the beginnings of the world, the entrance of sin and evil into a perfect world, the rescue of God when his people found themselves in trouble, and the promise of a savior who would change everything. Other writers of the Old Testament included King David who wrote the Psalms (songs), King Solomon who wrote wisdom phrases (Proverbs and Ecclesiastes) and several prophets such as Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Daniel.
The New Testament was written mainly by those who had followed Jesus during his life on earth (like Matthew, Peter, and John) and others were writers like Luke who got information from eyewitnesses. Paul wrote many of the letters as encouragements to the churches he started on his missionary journeys. The last book, called Revelation, was written by the apostle John as a vision from Jesus to give us a window into the spiritual realm and God’s victorious plans against Satan.