There are two words frequently used by evangelicals to describe the unique nature of the recorded revelation we have in the Bible. We attribute this uniqueness of the Scriptures to infallibility and inerrancy. By infallibility we mean the Scriptures possess a permanent authority that can never be usurped or set aside. As the Lord Jesus Himself said in John 10:35 - "...Scripture cannot be broken."
That's infallibility. It means there is no other authority that can be brought along side the Scriptures. They are eternally binding and irreplaceable. All that they say will happen will happen. All that they promise will stand fast, however unlikely it may appear in the face of today's circumstance. All that they command is binding upon mankind, even when it looks right now as though we can spit in God's face with immunity to punishment.
The second word, inerrancy, means the Scriptures, as God originally gave them, are exempt from any liability to mistake. They are truthful in what they communicate and incapable of error. In everything they intend to communicate (that wording is very important - take note) the Scriptures make no mistakes. God's written revelation is a safe and reliable revelation.
It's this second term - inerrancy - that is the topic of today's study.