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The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 9 (The Reasons to Believe #216)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #216. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is 2 Peter 1:20-21. It reads, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Wesley. He said, “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.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 9.

4. The Promises and Warnings of the Bible Enter the Realm of the Moral Righteousness of God

Thus we have promises of what God Himself will do if we trust Him, if we bring our offerings, if we keep His commandments. The Bible makes promises that only God would have a right to make and promises that only God could fulfill.

Likewise, the Bible gives warnings about the result of sin, about the wrath of God, about the end of the sinner, about the wages of sin, that only God Himself could cause to come to pass and only God, or someone who speaks with the authority of God, would have the right to say. I am saying that the Bible thus claims to speak for God.

5. Old Testament Prophets Did Not Understand What They Wrote

In I Peter 1:10-12 is a charming and enlightening passage about how the Bible claims to speak from God so that even those who wrote did not understand what they wrote down.

“Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whome it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look unto.

Here we see the amazing picture: Old Testament prophets who had written down some of the Scriptures about the future coming of the Saviour, now sit down and study their own manuscripts and meditate and pray. What do these prophecies mean, these prophecies written by their own pens? And why? Because it was “the Spirit of Christ which was in them” who gave the words foretelling the future sufferings of Christ and the glory that should follow. And they understood that what God gave them to write down was not particularly all for them but “unto us,” Peter writes, who live now after Christ has come.

Here we see clearly that the Scripture did not originate in the plan and mind of these men, but it originated with God, and the Spirit of Christ in them had men write down things that they could not fully understand. So the message is God’s message, and only secondarily and partially a man’s message in any case. Inspiration did not require that they understand what God told them to write.

Dr. A. J. Gordon says:

Should we see a student who, having taken down the lecture of a profound philosopher, was now studying diligently to comprehend the sense of the discourse which he had written, we should understand simply that he was a pupil and not a master; that he had nothing to do with originating either the thoughts or the words of the lecture, but was rather a disciple whose province it was to understand what he had transcribed, and so be able to communicate it to others.

And who can deny that this is the exact picture of what we have in this passage from Peter? Here were inspired writers studying the meaning of what they themselves had written. With all possible allowance for the human peculiarities of the writers, they must have been reporters of what they heard, rather than formulators of that which they had been made to understand.

On the prophecy of Caiaphas, Dr. James M. Gray well says:

And Caiaphas also, of whom it is expressly said that when he prophesied that one man should die for the people, “This spake he not of himself.” Who believes that Caiaphas meant or really knew the significance of what he said?

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 8 (Reasons to Believe #215)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #215. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is 1 Corinthians 2:12-13. It reads, “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Frame. He said, “So it is with reference to the writers of the Scriptures. They were carried along, borne along, under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit of God. They wrote as the Spirit directed them to write. They were borne along by Him so that what they wrote was exactly that which the Holy Spirit intended should be there. What they wrote was, in a very real sense, not their words; it was the very Word of God.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 8.

II. BUT HUNDREDS OF TIMES THE BIBLE CLAIMS TO SPEAK FOR GOD

Besides the basic statementd like those given above, that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God,” there is an authoritative, bold assumption everywhere through the Bible that it is speaking for God and is God’s Word.

1. Literally Hundreds of Times the Bible Says, “The Word of the Lord Came to Isaiah…” or Like Statements

Such statements occur again and again, particularly throughout the Old Testament. In perhaps 1800 cases, they claim to give the very word-for-word quotation from God. In reading them, no honest heart can avoid the clear claim that this is the Word of God speaking for God.

2. The Bible Claims to Describe in Detail Events About Which No Human Without Direct Information From God Could Know

That majestic story of the creation in Genesis is a case in point. The report on the events before the flood of which there was left no human records and reports of what God said and what Satan said and what was in the heart of certain people–these matters are so plainly stated that we know the Bible claims to speak infallibly for God.

3. The Bible Gives Some Amazing Prophecies of the Future

That the Bible gives such prophecies, no one surely would deny. And only the most ignorant would deny that many, many of these prophecies have been fulfilled.

For example, it was foretold hundreds of years ahead of time that the Lord Jesus would be born of a virgin, that He would be of the tribe of Judah and of the house and lineage of David, that He would be born in Bethlehem of Judaea. Daniel was even told how long it would be from the decree to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming of the Messiah, the Prince. Then hundreds of details of the life and ministry and death and resurrection of Jesus are foretold. The very day of the month, the day of the passover lamb, was foretold as the day of His crucifixion. The thoughts and sayings of Jesus on the cross was foretold were foretold in Psalm 22, and in the Gospels.

I am saying that the Bible is just as explicit in certain future prophecies about Christ’s second coming and about the nations and the end of the age, as about His first coming. These bold predictions mean that the Bible is claiming to speak infallibly for God about things that men would not otherwise know.

Sometimes a charlatan fortuneteller or diviner pretends to foretell in some weasel words something that may happen in the future. But the prophecies in the Bible are not shady and indefinite. They claim to speak for God.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 6 (The Reasons to Believe #213)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #213. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Samuel 23:2. It reads, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Stott. He said, “The particularity of each New Testament author was in no way smothered by the unique process of inspiration. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit first prepared, and then used, their individuality of upbringing, experience, temperament and personality, in order to convey through each some distinctive and appropriate truth….The dual authorship of Scripture is an important truth to be carefully guarded. On the one hand, God spoke, revealing the truth and preserving the human authors from error, yet without violating their personality. On the other hand, men spoke, using their own faculties freely, yet without distorting the divine message. Their words were truly their own words. But they were (and still are) also God’s words, so that what Scripture says, God says.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 6.

5. Scriptures Revealed by God’s Spirit Miraculously “in Words Which the Holy Ghost Teacheth”

The most detailed teaching about inspiration in a single passage in the Bible is given, we think, in I Corinthians 2:9-14:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Dr. Hodge says: “There is neither in the Bible nor in the writings of men a simpler or clearer statement of the doctrines of revelation and inspiration” than this.

Here we are told that the revelation from God which Paul wrote down in his epistles (as other Scriptures were written), did not come from what his eye had seen or what his ear had heard or what he had logically come to understand, by study and investigation, in his heart, but it was revealed by God’s Spirit. And there we are plainly told that these wonderful things that came by divine revelation could not be known by man unless the Spirit of God revealed them. So the apostle says that he has received “not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” And those things are given “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual,” that is, Spirit-given ideas or thoughts, in Spirit-given words.

And then verse 14 plainly tells us that the Scripture could not originate with the natural man. If there were a Scripture without clear divine inspiration, if the Scripture were not directly given from God but only originated with man at his highest and best, it would still have human frailty, weakness and limitations. But here we are told that both the matter and the wording of the Scriptures are given by God’s Spirit.

Again, we do not here go into a discussion of the slight difference sometimes between revelation and inspiration. But what was revealed to Paul in “words which the Holy Ghost teacheth was what he wrote down in the inspired New Testament and it was not just in Paul’s heart that the message was given, but it was put into words, words he would give to others.

We dare not neglect what God had Paul so carefully write down for us here about the origin of Scripture. We have not only the positive statement that God’s revelation is given in words “which the Holy Ghost teacheth,” Spirit-given matter and Spirit-given words, but we are also plainly told that the Bible is “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth.” The Bible was not written as other books are written and the Lord gives even more details in this negative statement of what the Bible is not. The Bible is not “in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth,” that is, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

The Bible is not composed of what men have seen, it is not the report of witnesses. The Bible is not what people have heard as they were told by others. Luke did not learn of the virgin birth from Mary. Mark did not learn the facts of his Gospel from Peter. Matthew and Luke did not copy from Mark or from the fictitious “Q” manuscript. Luke did not search out the facts to make his Gospel “certain,” nor did Luke get the details for the book of Acts from Paul. Luke did not search out the facts to make his Gospel “certain,” nor did Luke get the details for the book of Acts from Paul. Old Testament prophets did not find and copy genealogical records.

No, the Scriptures were given of God, “combining spiritual things with spiritual words” (A.S.V.).

The Bible is not what men reasoned out in their hearts, nor even in the spiritual experiences of good men. It is not a revelation of what “entered into the heart of man.” So, we understand that the Bible is “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words,” as the American Standard Version has it. So, what we have in the Bible came not from what men saw, nor what men got from witnesses, nor what men searched out or investigated, or thought through. Both the matter and the words of the Bible came directly from God, this Scripture says.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 6 (Reasons to Believe #213)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #213. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Samuel 23:2. It reads, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Stott. He said, “The particularity of each New Testament author was in no way smothered by the unique process of inspiration. On the contrary, the Holy Spirit first prepared, and then used, their individuality of upbringing, experience, temperament and personality, in order to convey through each some distinctive and appropriate truth….The dual authorship of Scripture is an important truth to be carefully guarded. On the one hand, God spoke, revealing the truth and preserving the human authors from error, yet without violating their personality. On the other hand, men spoke, using their own faculties freely, yet without distorting the divine message. Their words were truly their own words. But they were (and still are) also God’s words, so that what Scripture says, God says.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 6.

5. Scriptures Revealed by God’s Spirit Miraculously “in Words Which the Holy Ghost Teacheth”

The most detailed teaching about inspiration in a single passage in the Bible is given, we think, in I Corinthians 2:9-14:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Dr. Hodge says: “There is neither in the Bible nor in the writings of men a simpler or clearer statement of the doctrines of revelation and inspiration” than this.

Here we are told that the revelation from God which Paul wrote down in his epistles (as other Scriptures were written), did not come from what his eye had seen or what his ear had heard or what he had logically come to understand, by study and investigation, in his heart, but it was revealed by God’s Spirit. And there we are plainly told that these wonderful things that came by divine revelation could not be known by man unless the Spirit of God revealed them. So the apostle says that he has received “not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.” And those things are given “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual,” that is, Spirit-given ideas or thoughts, in Spirit-given words.

And then verse 14 plainly tells us that the Scripture could not originate with the natural man. If there were a Scripture without clear divine inspiration, if the Scripture were not directly given from God but only originated with man at his highest and best, it would still have human frailty, weakness and limitations. But here we are told that both the matter and the wording of the Scriptures are given by God’s Spirit.

Again, we do not here go into a discussion of the slight difference sometimes between revelation and inspiration. But what was revealed to Paul in “words which the Holy Ghost teacheth was what he wrote down in the inspired New Testament and it was not just in Paul’s heart that the message was given, but it was put into words, words he would give to others.

We dare not neglect what God had Paul so carefully write down for us here about the origin of Scripture. We have not only the positive statement that God’s revelation is given in words “which the Holy Ghost teacheth,” Spirit-given matter and Spirit-given words, but we are also plainly told that the Bible is “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth.” The Bible was not written as other books are written and the Lord gives even more details in this negative statement of what the Bible is not. The Bible is not “in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth,” that is, “Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.”

The Bible is not composed of what men have seen, it is not the report of witnesses. The Bible is not what people have heard as they were told by others. Luke did not learn of the virgin birth from Mary. Mark did not learn the facts of his Gospel from Peter. Matthew and Luke did not copy from Mark or from the fictitious “Q” manuscript. Luke did not search out the facts to make his Gospel “certain,” nor did Luke get the details for the book of Acts from Paul. Luke did not search out the facts to make his Gospel “certain,” nor did Luke get the details for the book of Acts from Paul. Old Testament prophets did not find and copy genealogical records.

No, the Scriptures were given of God, “combining spiritual things with spiritual words” (A.S.V.).

The Bible is not what men reasoned out in their hearts, nor even in the spiritual experiences of good men. It is not a revelation of what “entered into the heart of man.” So, we understand that the Bible is “not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words,” as the American Standard Version has it. So, what we have in the Bible came not from what men saw, nor what men got from witnesses, nor what men searched out or investigated, or thought through. Both the matter and the words of the Bible came directly from God, this Scripture says.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 5 (The Reasons to Believe #212)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #212. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Peter 1:16-21. It reads, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Wesley. He said, “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.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 5.

4. Repeatedly Claims That the Holy Ghost Spoke by the Writers

We read above in II Peter 1:21, how “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” Scriptures repeatedly say even more definitely that the Holy Ghost Himself was speaking in the words which Bible writers wrote down.

The Psalmist David said, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue” (II Sam. 23:2). David wrote the words, but it was the Holy Ghost speaking.

And Mark 12:36 quotes David, saying, “For David himself said by the Holy Ghost, The Lord said to my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool.” David “said by the Holy Ghost.”

Peter said in Acts 1:16, “Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.”

It was the mouth of David, but it was the Holy Ghost speaking in Psalm 41:9.

The same explicit statement is given about the prophecy of Isaiah: in Acts 28:25, Paul says, “Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers….”

Men were inspired to write parts of the Bible. It was actually the Holy Ghost speaking. So clearly does God’s Word claim divine inspiration.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 4 (Reasons to Believe #211)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #211. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Matthew 4:4. It reads, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “In the end result, that which was written [in the Bible] was fully the words of the human authors in their language and style and from their personal perspectives, but it was under the direct superintendence of God by his Spirit producing on the page the very words of God.… As those godly men were carried along by the Holy Spirit, He superintended their words and used them to produce the Scriptures. As a sailing ship is carried along by the wind to reach its final destination, so the human authors of Scripture were moved by the Spirit of God to communicate exactly what He desired. In that process, the Spirit filled their minds, souls, and hearts with divine truth— mingling it sovereignly and supernaturally with their unique styles, vocabularies, and experiences, and guiding them to produce a perfect, inerrant result.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 4.

2. “Every Word” of Scripture “Proceedeth Out of the Mouth of God”

The same meaning is in the statement of Jesus in Matthew 4:4: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Here Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3 and the same quotation is recorded also in Luke 4:4. So, the Old Testament statement is reinforced by the Lord Jesus who quotes it as authority. Whence came the Scriptures? Every word of them “proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Here the Spirit of God leaps over the details of any human element in the Scriptures, goes beyond the pen and the penman, and any part he may have had in writing the Scriptures, to the original source. The words of the Bible came from the mouth of God. Of course, that means the original autographs.

3. Bible Writers Wrote “As They Were Moved by the Holy Ghost”

Second Peter 1:16-21 makes a very strong assertion about the writings of the prophets:

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

Here Peter uses two arguments to show that the Scriptures he has believed and preached are not cunningly devised fables. His teaching about the power and the coming of Christ can be trusted; first, for the lesser reason that Peter and the other apostles “were eyewitnesses of his majesty” on the Mount of Transfiguration. They saw Jesus transfigured with a face like the sun and His garments as white as the light; they heard the voice of God attesting, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” That eyewitness account of the deity of Christ and thus of the authenticity of the Scriptures about Him, is good, but there is a better evidence than that! It is the evidence of the Scriptures themselves.

So Peter was inspired to write, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy….” That is, prophecy written down in the Bible is far more sure than the testimony of any eyewitness not inspired. Peter knew the Lord Jesus, saw His miracles, saw Him transfigured, heard the voice of God from Heaven approving Him. But the witness of Peter would be the witness of a frail man who might have misunderstood some of the implications or might have failed in some detail of memory or observation. Not so the Scriptures. They are “a more sure word of prophecy,” he said. And why is that? Because “…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

We do not here deal with the distinction between revelation and inspiration. What was revealed was written down, and there is good evidence, as Warfield shows and as we will mention later, that here the whole plan of the inspiration of the Bible is involved when God here says “prophecy.” The Scripture then came “not…by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”

This Scripture is saying that the evidence of the Scriptures themselves is more sure than any human testimony, even of the specially fitted and specially favored eyewitnesses who were closest to Jesus and understood Him best. The eyewitness accounts of any man are subject to the limitations of the man’s knowledge, memory, understanding and use of language. But God Himself has no such limitations when He moves men to write down words of divine prophecy. This is a clear claim to the inspiration of the Scriptures.

“…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The word translated “moved” here is phero, “to bear, carry.” So actually we must read that in writing the Scriptures “holy men of God were carried along by the Holy Ghost.” So the writers were consciously, willingly carried along as God gave the words they were to write. The Scripture is the result of God’s action in carrying along men who wrote what He gave them to write. God did not simply follow prophets to correct any mistakes or to intervene if necessary; He carried the prophet along. God was the active source of all Scripture. God gave; men received.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 3 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #210)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #210. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Timothy 3:15-16. It reads, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from R.C.H. Lenski. He said, “Without previous thinking, planning, imagining…the apostles will receive directly from God just what to utter. It will come into their minds just as it is needed, and thus they will utter it aloud. The apostles, indeed, make utterance, and yet they do not, for their act is due to the Holy Spirit, so that most properly He is the one who does this uttering. Everything that is mechanical, magical, unpsychological is shut out. The apostles will not be like the demoniacs – their organs of speech and their very wills being violated by a demon. Absolutely the contrary: mind, heart, will operate freely, consciously, in joyful, trustful dependence on the Spirit’s giving, who enables them to find just what to say and how to say it down to the last word, with no mistake or even a wrong word due to faulty memory or disturbed emotions occurring. This, of course, is Inspiration, Verbal Inspiration.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 3.

1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God (Contd.)

Benjamin B. Warfield, tremendous scholar that he was, has a long chapter of fifty-two big pages about “God-Inspired Scripture,” dealing entirely with the Greek term used in II Timothy 3:16, Theopneustos, quoting many scholars, repelling critics. He says, “For surely there was no conception more deeply rooted in the Hebrew mind, at least, than that of the creative ‘breath of God’…” and he infers that when God breathed out the Scripture, it was the same kind of perfect creative act as when He created the world or when He created man — breathed into his nostrils and he became a living soul.

And he sums up his conclusion thus:

What is Theopneustos is “God-breathed,” produced by the creative breath of the Almighty. And Scripture is called Theopneustos in order to designate it as “God-breathed,” the product of Divine spiration, the creation of that Spirit who is in all spheres of the Divine activity the executive of the Godhead.

W. H. Griffith Thomas misunderstands the statement, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…,” in II Timothy 3:16. He says, “‘…Every writing is God-breathed.’ God somehow or other breathed into these writings, and therefore we are concerned with the words.” But here the good man, in a great book, is mistaken.

No, the writings did not originate with men and then “God breathed on them.” Rather, God breathed out the very words and had men write them down!

In his article on inspiration, Warfield says:

The scriptural conception of the relation of the Divine Spirit to the human authors in the production of Scripture is better expressed by the figure of “bearing” than by the figure of “inbreathing”; and when our Bib. writers speak of the action of the Spirit of God in this relation as a breathing, they represent it as a “breathing out” of the Scriptures by the Spirit, and not a breathing into” the Scriptures by Him.

Let us make sure that we do not water down this express statement of Scripture about inspiration. It is not that God breathed on certain men or that they wrote and God breathed on the writings. Rather, the very words of Scriptures themselves are breathed out from God.

The great theologian, Charles Hodge of Princeton, says:

Inspiration, therefore, is not to be confounded with spiritual illumination. They differ, first, as to their subjects. The subjects of inspiration are a few selected persons; the subjects of spiritual illumination are all true believers. And, secondly, they differ as to their design. The design of the former is to render certain men infallible as teachers, the design of the latter is to render men holy; and of course they differ as to their effects. Inspiration in itself has no sanctifying influence. Balaam was inspired. Saul was among the prophets. Caiaphas uttered a prediction which “he spake not of himself.” (John xi. [11.] 51.)

Note carefully, “Inspiration in itself has no sanctifying influence.” Whatever degree of illumination God gave the writers of the Scripture, it had nothing to do with inspiration itself. They simply had some of the common heritage of Christians, illumination, but inspiration is a miraculous intervention of God which does not necessarily involve any spiritual sanctification, any heightening of natural abilities and faculties, any genius. It involves the writing down what God gives in God’s words, miraculously given.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims to be the Inspired Word of God, Part 2 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #209)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #209. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Timothy 3:15-16. It reads, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “As those godly men were carried along by the Holy Spirit, He superintended their words and used them to produce the Scriptures. As a sailing ship is carried along by the wind to reach its final destination, so the human authors of Scripture were moved by the Spirit of God to communicate exactly what He desired. In that process, the Spirit filled their minds, souls, and hearts with divine truth— mingling it sovereignly and supernaturally with their unique styles, vocabularies, and experiences, and guiding them to produce a perfect, inerrant result.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 2.

1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God (Contd.)

Edward J. Young expounds the meaning of II Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God….” He wrote:

The word which for our purpose is of supreme importance is the word theopneustos, translated in the English Bible; “inspired of God.” It is a compound, consisting of the elements theo (God) and pneustos (breathed). Now, it is well to note that the word ends in the three letters -tos. In the Greek language, words which 1) end in -tos and 2) are compound with theo (God) are generally passive in meaning. An example will make this clear. There is a Greek word theodidaktos (many others might also be brought forth), which means “taught of God.” As may be clearly seen, it ends in -tos and also contains the element theo (God).

Precisely similar is the important word which we are now engaged in considering, namely, theopneustos. It likewise is passive in usage, and we should properly translate, “breathed of God.” This point is often overlooked, and there have been those who have somewhat vigorously insisted that the meaning is active. They would therefore translate by the phrase “breathing out God,” in the sense that the Scriptures breathed forth or were imbued with the Spirit of God. Such, however, as has been noted above, is not the true meaning. The true meaning is passive, “that which is breathed out by God,” and it is this strange designation that the Apostle here applies to the Old Testament Scriptures.

What, however, can such a strange designation mean? Why did Paul thus speak of the Scriptures? He thus spoke, we believe, because he wished to make as clear as possible the fact that the Scriptures did not find their origin in man but in God. It was God the Holy Ghost who breathed them forth; they owed their origin to Him; they were the product of the creative breath of God Himself. It is a strong figure, this expression “breathed out by God.” A strong figure, however, is needed, in order that Timothy may realize that he is being asked to place his confidence not in writings which merely express the hopes and aspirations of the best of men, but rather in writings which are themselves actually breathed out by God, and consequently of absolute authority.

Further, Dr. Young says:

The Scriptures therefore are writings which found their origin in God; they are the very product of His creative breath. It is this, then, that we mean when we speak of the inspiration of the Bible. Now the term inspiration is, in the humble opinion of the present writer, not a happy one. The word inspiration means that which is breathed in. It comes to us from the Latin, and in the Latin translation of the Bible, commonly known as the Vulgate, is used as a rendering of the Greek theopneustos, (God-breathed). We are not satisfied with this translation, for the English word inspiration, as has just been remarked, means a “breathing in,” and, as we have seen, that is not at all what Paul intends to say. We must be very explicit on this point.

In writing to Timothy, Paul does not wish Timothy to understand that the Scriptures are a body of human writings into which something Divine has been breathed. That is precisely what he does not wish Timothy to understand. According to Paul, the Scriptures are not writings into which something Divine has been breathed; they are not even writings which are imbued with the Divine Spirit (at least, that is not his emphasis in this passage). The Scriptures, Paul vigorously asserts, are writings which came into being because they were breathed out by God Himself. And that is something quite different from what is commonly suggested by the word “inspiration.”

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God, Part 1 (The Reasons to Believe #208)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #208. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Timothy 3:15-16. It reads, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Frame. He said, “So it is with reference to the writers of the Scriptures. They were carried along, borne along, under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit of God. They wrote as the Spirit directed them to write. They were borne along by Him so that what they wrote was exactly that which the Holy Spirit intended should be there. What they wrote was, in a very real sense, not their words; it was the very Word of God.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 1.

Nothing any man can say or think about the Bible is as important as what the Bible says itself. There are many reasons for believing that the Bible is all it claims to be, but the Bible itself is its best witness. And the Bible does clearly, repeatedly, and without any question or limitation, claim to be the very inspired Word of God.

I. SOME BASIC SCRIPTURES CLAIMING DIVINE INSPIRATION

Consider, first, there are many express statements that the Bible is inspired or is the Word of God or proceeds from God. Then, in literally hundreds of cases it claims to speak for God. Further, the Bible claims such perfections as could be only true of a God-given Book, and the claim for inspiration includes all parts of the Bible.

1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God

A fundamental statement of Scripture about inspiration is in II Timothy 3:15,16. The Scriptures are breathed out by God. We read:

“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”

Note this passage speaks of “the holy scriptures” and these writings “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

But the express statement in verse 16 is even stronger: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” And that is why it is so profitable and thoroughly furnishes the man of God, we are told. Even if you change the order of the words as they are in the American Standard Version of 1901, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness…,” it does not change the meaning. A certain group of writings are, all of them, given by inspiration of God.

Webster’s New International Dictionary defines inspiration thus:

inspiration. 2. Theol. a A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate truth without error; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth. Various theories as to the degree, extent, and mode of the inspiration of Scripture are held. That of plenary inspiration regards the inspiration as extending to all the subjects dealt with; that of verbal inspiration extends the inspiration to every word. Some writers identify these two kinds. The theory of moral inspiration limits the inspiration and consequent authoritativeness to the moral and religious instruction the writings contain. As to its mode, inspiration is held by some to be mechanical, and the writers to have been simply amanuenses of the Holy Spirit, and by others to be dynamical, and the writers to have been moved by the Holy Spirit operating on and through their natural faculties.

But the word “inspiration” here means a great deal more than the English term usually would imply. Our English word comes from the Latin “inspire,” meaning “to breathe in.” It is the opposite of the word “expire” or “breathe out.” Thus some would take it to mean that God breathed into men’s writings and makes them the Word of God, or He breathed on the writings in such a way as to supervise and keep them from error.

But the meaning in the original Greek, theopneustos, is much more definite. It is literally God-breathed. All Scripture is “God-breathed,” that is, the Scripture itself is breathed out from God. God is its origin. The miracle of the Scriptures came directly from God. A similar terminology is that used when God made Adam “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). This is about as strong a statement as human language could make about the inspiration of the Bible. The Scripture was breathed out by God. This is so important, and so often not understood, we stress the point.

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 11 (Reasons to Believe #207)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #207. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II John 9-11. It reads, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from James Montgomery Boice. He said, “Some persons think they can know God by means of their own human reason. But reason is a blind ally spiritually. It has always been the great minds exercising their powers apart from the Word of God who have produced the great heresies. Some think they can discover God by listening to a so-called ‘inner voice.’ But the voice is often nothing more than an expression of their own inner desires. Quite a few think that spiritual truths can be verified by supernatural events or miracles. But the Bible everywhere teaches that even miracles will not lead men and women to understand and receive God’s truth unless they themselves are illuminated by the Bible (see Luke 16:31). I believe that we can state categorically that there is no knowledge apart from Jesus Christ and that there is no knowledge of Jesus Christ apart from a knowledge of the Bible.”

Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 11.

3. Disbelievers in the Bible Are Unconverted Men

In II John, verses 9 and 10 we find that the man who does not abide in the Bible doctrine about Jesus Christ “hath not God,” that is, he is unconverted. We find that Jesus said that false teachers would come at the judgment to say they had cast out devils, they had prophesied in Christ’s name, and He will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” And in II Peter, chapter 2, and in Jude, we have a description of the awful wickedness of these men who are unsaved.

So since enemies of the Bible, unbelievers in the Christ of the Bible, are unconverted men and natural men, we learn that “the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The unconverted man cannot know the things of God revealed in the Bible.

Oh, if anybody wants to know whether the Bible is true, he must trust in Christ and have his poor, wicked heart changed and have the Holy Spirit of God to live within. Then he can have help and understanding of the Bible.

No unconverted man ought ever be allowed to teach a Sunday school class or fill a pulpit or teach in a Christian college or teach in a theological seminary. No unconverted man who writes on religion ought ever to have his books read or regarded. He does not know and cannot know the best things God reveals until he himself is forgiven and changed.

We do not reject scholarship. We do reject the biased false scholarship of infidels. We are open to all truth but not to the partisan claims of men whose hearts are closed to God’s truth.

Bible truth is for saved people and all saved people ought to seek God’s truth more and more. But the unconverted man needs first of all to come with a contrite, penitent heart, to be born again.

In a little cow town in West Texas where I lived as a boy, there was the town infidel. He was a crude and uneducated man, a profane, drinking man with a criminal record, though a strong personality. He talked long and loud in his criticism of the Bible to all who would hear. He used the same kind of argument that Paine and Voltaire and Ingersoll used, the same kind of arguments that infidels in the church today use. He used the same kind of arguments that Fosdick and Buttrick and Oxnam used against the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth and deity of Christ, and he had the same kind of wicked heart. He was no more intelligent than others, no more scientifically trained; he just had a more wicked, Christ-rejecting heart than many and so he spewed out his infidelity.

Unconverted men cannot understand spiritual truth. They are not good men, they do not have good hearts, they are not to be trusted, and they are not to be regarded as scholars on the matters concerning the Bible.

This is holy ground, to be humbly, reverently approached with a penitent, believing heart and open ears to hear what God says.

Oh, you who read the Bible, I beg you, take the shoes off the feet of your heart as you read.

Dyson Hague has this sweet word here:

Let me say this one word more. Oh, do not think and do not say, as you have heard men say they think, that we ought to read this Book as we read any other book; we ought to study it and analyze it just as we do any textbook in literature or science. No, no! When you come to this Book, come to it with awe. Read it with reverence. Regard it with a most sacred attention. “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Never, never compare this Book in the terms of human comparisons with other books. Comparison is dangerous. They are of earth. This is from Heaven. And do not think and do not say that this Book only contains the words of God. It is the Word of God. To say the Bible contains the Word of God, instead of saying the Bible is the Word of God, is inadequate and misleading as Saphir declares. Everything that is in Scripture would authenticate itself to us as the Word of God, if we understood it in its right connection with the center. Therefore, think not of it as a good book, or even as a better book, but lift it in heart and mind and faith and love far, far above all, and ever regard it, not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of God; nay, more, as the living Word of the Living God; supernatural in origin; eternal in duration; inexpressible in value; infinite in scope; divine in authorship; human in penmanship; regenerative in power; infallible in authority; universal in interest; personal in application; and as St. Paul declares, inspired in totality.”

Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.

—PRAYER—

Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!