From an unknown source regarding Scripture—
“There are words written by kings, by emperors, by princes, by poets, by sages, by philosophers, by fishermen, by statesmen, by men learned in the wisdom of Egypt, educated in the schools of Babylon, and trained at the feet of the rabbis of Jerusalem. It was written by men in exile, in the desert, in shepherd’s tents, in green pastures, and beside still waters.
Among its authors we find a tax gatherer, a herdsman, a gatherer of sycamore fruit. We find poor men, rich men, statesmen, preachers, captains, legislators, judges, and exiles. The Bible is a library full of history, genealogy, ethnology, law, ethics, prophecy, poetry, eloquence, medicine, sanitary science, political economy, and the perfect rules for personal and social life. And behind every word is the divine author, God Himself.”
John Wesley on divine authorship of the Bible—
“The Bible must have been written by God or good men or bad men or good angels or bad angels. But bad men and bad angels would not write it because it condemns bad men and bad angels. And good men and good angels would not deceive by lying about its authority and claiming that God wrote it. And so the Bible must have been written as it claims to have been written— by God who by His Holy Spirit inspired men to record His words using the human instrument to communicate His truth.”
From D. Martyn Lloyd Jones on Luther and Scripture—
“Luther was a monk, yet held in darkness by the devil. He was trying to save himself by works…fasting, sweating, praying, yet he was miserable, unhappy, and in bondage. Superstitious Roman Catholic teaching held him captive. But he was delivered by the Word—‘the just shall live by faith.’
From that moment he began to understand this Word as he had never understood it before. The better he understood it the more he saw the errors taught and practiced by Rome. He became intent on reforming the church. The great doctors of Rome stood against him. Often standing alone, he met them in close combat and invariably he took his stand upon Scripture. He maintained that the church is not above Scripture. The standard by which you judge even the church, he said, is the Scripture. And though he was one man, at first standing alone, he was able to fight the papal system and twelve centuries of tradition. He did so by taking up ‘the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.’”
Armor-up & Maranatha!