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.
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!