Infallibility

<<unable to fail>>

The belief that God’s Word will not fail in its purpose and so is totally reliable and trustworthy. It shall accomplish the purpose for which it was sent (Isa 55:11). God speaks and fulfills His promise, not like man whose word is often unreliable and so makes him into a liar (Num 23:19).

Only God and His Word are infallible, the quality of being impossible of failure. Whatever any human says must be compared to Scripture (Act 17:11). The Bible claims to be infallible and true because this is the nature and perfection of God's character (2 Sam 22:31; Ps 12:6, 19:7; Prov 30:5; Mt 5:48; Jn 17:3,17; 2 Pet 1:20,21). Over time, mistranslations and different cultural understanding have (to a limited degree) clouded the original, untarnished God-breathed writings (2 Tim 3:16,17). As we can easily bring a wrong meaning or interpretation to Bible passages we must diligently be open and submissive to the Spirit who leads into all truth (Jn 16:13; 2 Tim 2:15).

What originates with man may fail to come to pass but we can’t stop what is ‘of God’ (Act 5:38,39).

Immutability describes God's unchangeableness (Mal 3:6; Jas 1:17). 

See also: Bible, error, immutable, inerrancy, reliable, trustworthy, truth.

 






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