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.
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!