This issue was raised to some extent in another thread. it was asserted that the Jesus is the Word of God, but the Bible is just a true and accurate testimony of Him. The implication seemed to be that the only "Word of God" is Jesus and the Bible is not qualified to hold that title.
So, is the Bible the Word of God? The Bible isn't just a collection of God's thoughts; rather it is a collection of God's words. When we talk about the Bible being the inspired Word of God, we are referring to a plenary and verbal inspiration. Plenary means that from the first verse of Genesis to the last verse of Revelation, all 66 books of the Bible are 100% of divine origin without the mixture of human input. Human beings were the instruments by which God penned the Scriptures, but the information contained in the Bible is 100% divine in origin. When we say that it is is a verbal inspiration we mean that it is not the thoughts or concepts that are inspired. It was not a thought for thought form of inspiration, but that the very words of God are inspired. The words penned in the original manuscript were not just inspired ideas, but inspired words, the very words that God wanted placed on parchment/papyrus.
How do we know the Bible is the inspired Word of God and not just a book that serves as a testimony about Jesus?
1. Christ’s resurrection proves that the Bible is the Word of God. The resurrection of Jesus is the vindication of all that the Bible teaches from Genesis to Revelation.
2. The Bible’s unique construction proves that it is the Word of God. The Bible has numerous human writers who lived at different times and most were not contemporary and yet their writings form a perfect unity right down to the very words of the text. This unique construction shows that the Bible is the product of the mind of a single author working through different writers.
3. Fulfilled prophecy proves the Bible to be the Word of God. Prophecies about Jesus are so detailed and many of them cannot be fulfilled by a mere man because one cannot choose where one is born or who will be one's parents. The odds of Jesus being born in Bethlehem, in the tribe of Judah and to be born of a virgin are simply off the charts.
4. The Bible's candor proves it is the Word of God. Most of the time, when a person writes about their heroes or great religious figures, they whitewash over their flaws and shortcomings, but the Bible's greatest heroes are often seen in the deepest seasons of failure. Abraham Sarah, Moses, Aaron, Miram, David, Solomon, Peter Paul, James and John are all exposed as the sinners that they were. The disciples of Jesus as a whole are presented as weak, slow of understanding, faithless, selfish, arrogant, disloyal, and one was a thief.
5. The continued existence of the nation/people of Israel is an excellent testimony to the inerrancy and divine origin of the Bible and is proof that it is the Word of God. The nation of Israel is a testimony to the faithfulness and accuracy of God write down to the nitty gritty details.