New believers who unite with a Biblical church
will be encouraged to study the Bible because it is the inspired
word of God.
However, in those times when they are out in
the secular world they will often hear statements of disbelief and
denial that the Bible is the inspired truth of God. Too often this
results in shaking the faith of the new believer.
Opposition to belief that the Bible is Godís
word is to be expected. Satan and his legions of fallen angels
have made it their highest priority to create doubts about the
teachings of the Bible. Fallen man, whose natural instincts are
Godís teachings are inclined to not believe the
Bible because they donít want to believe.
In the brief time available I would like to
give some reasons why every true Christian can confidently embrace
the Bible as Godís word and live a full and abundant life
according to its teachings.
THE BIBLE CLAIMS TO BE INSPIRED BY GOD
The Bible claims to be the inspired word of God
some 2500 times. Our response might be, "That doesnít make it so."
True, but from Godís side it is a challenge. God knew that this
challenge would arouse the most brilliant minds in every age to
put it to the test. Following are some of those claims:
"So Moses came and told the people all
the words of the LORD. . . " Exodus 24:3a.
"And Moses wrote all the words of the
LORD. . .: Exodus 24:4a.
When we read the writings of Moses we are
reading "The words of the Lord."
"I (God) have written for
him (The Israelite tribe of Ephraim) the great things of
My law, but they were considered a strange thing." Hosea
"All Scripture is given by inspiration of
God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for
correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God
may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." 2nd
Timothy 3:16, 17.
". . .Knowing this first, that no prophecy
of Scripture is of any private interpretation (origin) for
prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God
spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit." 2nd
Peter 1:20, 21.
JESUS AFFIRMED THE SCRIPTURES TO BE INSPIRED BY GOD (Twenty-two
When tempted by Satan Jesus answered, "It is
written. . ." and He quoted Old Test6ament Scripture. Matthew
4:4, 7, 10.
In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus said, "Do
not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did
not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you,
till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no
means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
When Jesus referred to the Old Testament He
used terms such as "the commandment of God" (Mark 7:8), "The
Word of God" (Mark 7:13; John 10:35) and "Scripture"
Jesus endorsed the persons and events of
the Old Testament as historical revelation:
Adam and Eve Ė Matthew 19:4, 5.
Noah, the Flood and the Ark, -Matthew 24:37-39.
Lot, Lotís wife and Sodomís destruction,- Luke 17:28-32
Jonah Ė Matthew 12:38-41
Jesus made clear that people will be held
accountable for knowing and practicing the teachings of Scripture.
See Matthew 12:3-8.
PROPHETIC FULFILLMENTS AFFIRM THE BIBLE TO BE
INSPIRED BY GOD
The Bible records hundreds of prophecies about
scores of nations and events. Over 90% of these prophecies have
been fulfilled exactly as stated. Some examples are. . .
When Israel established their possession of
Canaan Joshua called the leaders of all tribes together and
reminded them, "Not one of the good promises which the LORD
had made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass."
An unnamed prophet called King Josiah by name
over 300 years before he was born and 360 years before Josiah
fulfilled the prophecy. 1st Kings 13:1-3. The
fulfillment is recorded in 2nd Kings 23:15-16.
Through the prophet, Isaiah, God called Cyrus
of Medo-Persia by name 250 years before he appeared in history
and told of his victory over Babylon and his special kindness to
Israel. Isaiah 44:28-45-:4 (also Jeremiah 24:10).
Fulfillments are recorded in the 5th
chapter of Daniel; 2nd Chronicles 36:21-23; Ezra
l:1-8; 3:7; 4:3,5; 5:13-17; 6:1-5,14.
In the book of Daniel chapters two and seven,
Daniel predicted the succession of four great world empires:
Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece, and Rome. He also predicted the
exact day the Messiah (Jesus) would present Himself to Israel to
be accepted (or rejected) as their King. Daniel 9:24-27.
Fulfillment came on what we call "The Triumphal Entry" . Matthew
21:1-15; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-48; John 12:12-50.
The Old Testament made 198 direct prophecies of Messiah (Jesus)
and 333 indirect prophecies. Some examples are:
Birth in Bethlehem
Ministry in Galilee
Zechariah 9:9, Triumphal entry
Psalms 41:9, Betrayed by
Psalms 35:11, Falsely accused
Silent before accusers
Psalms 22:16, Hands/Feet pierced
Isaiah 53:12, Crucified
Psalms 22:18, Lots cast for clothes
Psalms 34:20 Bones not broken
Psalms 22:15 Thirsted on the
Buried in tomb of a rich man Matthew
It is helpful to note that God informed the people of Israel
that the test of how to know a prophet was speaking "the word of
the LORD" was that his prophecy had to be fulfilled 100%.
WHAT WE LEARN WHEN WE EMBRACE GODíS WORD
The Bible is composed of 66 books. 39 in the Old Testament; 27
in the New Testament.
We can follow the historical record of the Old Testament which can
be summarized as. . .
Creation of the Universe
The Spiritual Fall and Death of Mankind
The Great Judgment Flood on Corrupted Mankind
The Patriarchs (Fathers) of Godís Chosen People: Abraham,
Isaac, Jacob (replaced by "Israel").
The History or Israel From Their Captivity in Egypt Until
Their Return From Dispersion (Some 1500 years).
The details of this history are given in the following five
The Law (Genesis through Deuteronomy)
History (Joshua through Esther)
Wisdom (Job through Song of Solomon)
Major Prophets (Isaiah through Daniel)
Minor Prophets (Hosea through Malachi)
Following the completion of the Old Testament there was 400
years in which there was no Scripture inspired by God.
Our New Testament begins with the birth of Jesus and His
introduction by John the Baptist. "There was a man sent from
God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear
witness of the Light. . ."
The words with which John introduced were. . .
"Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the
world!" John 1:29.
The four Gospels (Good News) provide us the record of the
birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, and ascension of
Jesus. Each one writes from a unique perspective:
Matthew is especially addressed to Israel regarding
Israelís promised King and His Kingdom. The key words are "It
Mark emphasized the servant ministry of Jesus. The key word
is "straightway" or "immediately".
Luke emphasized the human compassion of Jesus
Johnís emphasis is on Christís deity.
The Book of Acts records the promised coming of the Holy
Spirit who gave birth to the church, which began with outward
witness of salvation by faith in Jesus, from Jerusalem to the ends
of the earth.
The 21 Epistles clarify our understanding of Jesus, His
sacrificial redemption for lost sinners; His ministry as Great
High Priest, the composition and ministry of the church, beliefs
that are true and beliefs that are false, and our relationship
with God, one another and the unsaved.
The Book of Revelation reveals that status of the church,
the end times of a false peace evolving into great tribulation,
the defeat of Satan and his followers, the victory and reign of
Jesus Christ and the eternal state of the lost in hell, and the
believers of all ages in the New Creation.
In one sentence the Bible is Godís story from eternity past to
Jesus came into this world to save sinners and give them life
abundantly. As we study Godís Word we learn how to be participants
in this abundant life.