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What a Perfect, God-breathed Bible Involves, Part 1 (The Reasons to Believe #219)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #219. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Psalm 119:160. It reads, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “[Inspiration is] God superintending human authors so that using their own individual personalities, experiences, thought processes and vocabulary they composed and recorded without error His revelation in the original copies of Scripture.”

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 4: “What a Perfect, God-breathed Bible Involves” Part 1.

The Scriptures are a holy and wondrous thing. We must approach them as such. We are told, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven…. Thy testimonies…thou hast founded them for ever…. Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (Ps. 119:89, 152, 160). We are told that the Word of God is incorruptible, that it lives and abides forever (Isa. 40:7,8; I Pet. 1:23-25). We are told that “every word…proceedeth out of the mouth of God” (Deut. 8:3; Matt. 4:4; Luke 4:4). We are told that the Scriptures are theopneustos (God-breathed). With that kind of inspired Scriptures, certain great truths follow necessarily.

WE DEFINE INSPIRATION

1. Inspiration Is Claimed for Original Autographs,
Not for Translation or Copying

When we say that the Bible is inspired, we do not refer to the translations or copies but to the original autographs, written down under God’s direction. It is true that we have so many copies of the original Scriptures that they can be compared and so the actual wording of the translations can now be checked, and we can be sure that in every essential matter we have exactly the Word of God. And since the Scripture plainly claims that it is settled forever in Heaven, that it is everlasting, and Jesus said that “the scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35), we can be sure that God in loving providence guarantees that we will not lose these Scriptures, the Word of God. But we do not claim for any copy or any translation the absolute, divine perfection that was in the original autographs. Inspiration refers to the original manuscripts.

2. An Errorless Record of Good and Bad

Again, when we say that the Bible is inspired, we do not mean that it never quotes words that are not inspired. For example, Satan told Eve, “Ye shall not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). What Satan said was false, but the Bible record of it is inspired and absolutely accurate. The Bible reports some things that Job’s friends said to him, and what they said was not always true, but the record is exactly correct.

People quote Gamaliel and think they are quoting divinely inspired Scripture; actually, they are only quoting what the divinely inspired Scripture says that Gamaliel said. He said, “Refrain from these men (Peter and John), and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God” (Acts 5:38,39). God used Gamaliel’s testimony to spare Peter and John from death, but the simple truth is that to leave a heresy alone does not mean that it will come to nought. Romanism and all the false cults today prove that that is not true. The Bible is absolutely inspired and accurate when it quotes Gamaliel. But it does not guarantee that what Gamaliel said is true.

So the Bible record is inspired and infallibly correct.

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 11 (Reasons to Believe #218)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #218. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Isaiah 40:6-8. It reads, “The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “Even though (the Bible) is an ancient document, every person in every situation in every society that’s ever existed can find in this book things that endure forever. Here’s a book that never needs another edition. It never needs to be edited, never has to be updated, is never out of date or obsolete. It speaks to us as pointedly and directly as it ever has to anyone in any century since it was written. It’s so pure that it lasts forever.”

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 11.

3. The Scripture Claims Perfection

Psalm 19:7 says, “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” “The law” originally meant the Pentateuch, the law of Moses. Eventually the term seemed to refer to all the Bible. And here the claim is not simply that the law is good but that it is perfect and that it works the miraculous change of regeneration in the believing heart.

The purity and perfection of the Word of God is stated wonderfully in Psalm 12:6: “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.”

Here the quality of the Scriptures is not described as finite but as infinite. Perfection here is not claimed for simply the thought, the content from God, in the words of men. No, the perfection is in the very words, “pure words.” The Scripture is here claiming for itself perfection which could only exist in the very Word of God.

4. The Scripture Claims to Be Eternal

Psalm 119 has several wonderful statements about the Bible.

Verse 89 says, “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.”

And verse 144: “The righteousness of thy testimonies is everlasting: give me understanding, and I shall live.”

Verse 152 says, “Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever.”

Verse 160 says, “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.”

These marvelous claims are the claims for the perfections, like those of deity, that the Bible is forever settled in Heaven, that the Scriptures are everlasting, that every one of God’s righteous judgments there recorded are eternal—that is a claim for no human book, but for the Bible as the very Word of 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 10 (Reasons to Believe #217)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #217. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Psalm 119:105. It reads, “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from A.W. Pink. He said, “We discover a striking proof of the Divine inspiration of the Scriptures. In the Bible human nature is painted in its true colors: the characters of its heroes are faithfully depicted, the sins of its most prominent personages are frankly recorded. It is human to err, but it is also human to conceal the blemishes of those we admire. Had the Bible been a human production, had it been written by uninspired historians, the defects of its leading characters would have been ignored, or if recorded at all, an attempt at extenuation would have been made.”

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 10.

III. THE BIBLE HAS CLAIMS FOR ITS PERFECTIONS AND PERMANENCE WHICH ONLY A GOD-GIVEN BOOK COULD HAVE

1. A Striking Statement About the Indestructible Word Is in Isaiah 40:6-8

“The voice said, Cry. And he said, What shall I cry? All flesh is grass, and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field: The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the Spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass. The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.”

All flesh is grass. Man is fallible, impermanent and limited, and so all human sources wither, “but the word of our God shall stand for ever.” That is quoted in 1 Peter 1:23-25, which says:

“Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.”

What kind of a word? An incorruptible word “which liveth and abideth for ever…the word of the Lord endureth for ever.” That is far beyond any human goodness.

2. Jesus Emphatically Taught the Eternal, Perfect Quality of Scripture

Elsewhere we will discuss more thoroughly the attitude of Jesus toward the Scripture. Here we simply mention that He continually upheld it as the perfect and eternal Word of God.

In the Olivet discourse Jesus said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away”.

Jesus said that not one jot nor tittle of the law should pass away till all be fulfilled.

The Lord Jesus said, “The scripture cannot be broken”.

In Luke 9:26 and Mark 8:38 Jesus said, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.”

Surely this gives a dignity and authority and permanence to the Scriptures which could not be true of any human, fallible man. And we must remember that the attitude of Jesus Christ here expressed in the Scripture is the way the Scripture views itself all the way through.

Some Bibles print the words of Christ in red, but that is misleading. All the words of the Bible are the words of Christ. The Holy Spirit who moves the writing prophets is “the Spirit of Christ”. He gave the Scripture.

And so Paul could be inspired to write, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly”. Jesus identified Himself with the Word of God likewise in Luke 9:26 and the companion passage in Mark 8:38. He said, “For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.” But this is giving a dignity and authority, a permanence, to the Word of God which could not be true of any human words or book.

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 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!