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!

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