What a Perfect, God-Breathed Bible Involves, Part 4 (Reasons to Believe #222)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #222. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Hebrews 1:1. It reads, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy, A Short Statement, n. 2. It says, “Holy Scripture, being God’s own Word, written by men prepared and superintended by His Spirit, is of infallible divine authority in all matters upon which it touches: it is to be believed, as God’s instruction, in all that it affirms; obeyed, as God’s command, in all that it requires; embraced, as God’s pledge, in all that it promises.”

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 4.

5. “It Is the Book, Not the Men,” With Which We Deal

Orr says that inspiration “must be held to include the insight given by the divine Spirit into the meaning of the history, through which holy men are enabled to write it for the instruction of all ages.” But that is never taught in the Scriptures.

Dr. Edward Young, one of the most careful and devoted scholars on the matter of the inspiration of the Scriptures, makes a slip here, we believe. He strongly teaches the verbal inspiration of the Scripture but says:

According to the Bible, inspiration is a superintendence of God the Holy Spirit over the writers of the Scriptures, as a result of which these Scriptures possess Divine authority and trustworthiness and, possessing such Divine authority and trustworthiness, are free from error.”

He is right that the Scripture has divine authority and is free from error. I do not think, however, that the term “superintendence” is the proper word for the work of the Holy Spirit. The Bible never indicates that the Holy Spirit breathed on men or superintended men as they wrote. Rather, David said, “The Spirit of the Lord spake by me” (II Sam. 23:2). And “God…spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets” (Heb. 1:1). And the men of God who wrote were rather “holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (II Pet. 1:21), or literally, “as they were borne along by the Holy Ghost.” Superintendence is too weak a word and leaves the initiative with men, with the Holy Spirit somewhere near and more or less supervising, checking. But according to the Scriptures, the initiative was with God the Holy Spirit and men are His instruments in writing the Scriptures.

Drs. Lindsell and Woodbridge say about the Bible writers:

They retained their own styles, personalities and self-command. Their personal powers were not suspended but sharpened. The Holy Spirit commanded the operation; but Moses, John and Peter remained Moses, John and Peter while writing. Because of the close, sustained, continuous, effective supervision of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

Now, the end the good doctors declare is correct. The Bible is the inspired Word of God. It is true that the writers were not automata. In some sense they did retain their own style and personalities and self-command. But the Bible never says that “their personal powers were…sharpened.” Whether or not their powers were sharpened we do not know. The unintended indication is that here, if men have enough illumination, enough supervision by the Holy Spirit, they could write the perfect Word of God. But that is not what the Bible teaches and surely not what Lindsell and Woodbridge intended to convey.

But Lindsell and Woodbridge correct themselves on the preceding page:

“Inspiration” is not mere “illumination.” The Holy Spirit illumines one’s soul before he can understand spiritual truth (See I Cor. 2:10-12.) but when we speak of the inspiration of the Bible, we do not have in mind this sort of spiritual perception. We do not mean merely that the intuitive faculties of the writers were quickened, or their spiritual insights clarified. Their “inspiration” was different, not only in degree but also in kind, from the heightened powers of ordinary men, even of men known for their spiritual genius. The inspiration of the Biblical authors was unique: it was special, direct, reliable, life-giving, inerrant.

That is better. The Bible does not come from “the heightened powers of ordinary men, even of men known for their spiritual genius.” If “the intuitive faculties of the writers were quickened,” the Bible says nothing about it, and it is obviously not necessary to the kind of inspiration the Bible teaches. There is no evidence that the “intuitive faculties” of Caiaphas the highpriest were quickened when he prophesied that Christ would die for the people, meaning something else. When God breathed out the words of the Bible, and the Bible discusses it, it never speaks of men’s “intuitive faculties” being quickened nor of their “heightened powers” nor that “their personal powers were…sharpened.” I am sure that, without intending to do so and trying to someway explain the human color and imprint in the Scriptures, good men say about this more than the Bible itself says here.

Let us say it again: the Scriptures did not come from heightened powers or quickened senses nor by simple illumination of the Holy Spirit. God Himself gave the Scriptures and inspiration was far more than some superintendence or supervision of spiritually illumined man with heightened faculties.

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!

What a Perfect, God-breathed Bible Involves, Part 3 (Reasons to Believe #221)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #221. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Corinthians 10:10. It reads, “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Thomas Fuller. He said, “Among the many arguments to prove the penmen of the Scripture inspired by the Spirit of God, this is not the last and least- that the penmen of Holy Writ do record their own faults and the faults of their dearest and nearest relatives. For instance hereof, how coarsely doth David speak of himself: “So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee.” And do you think that the face of St. Paul did look the more foul by being drawn with his own pencil, when he says, “I was a murderer, a persecuter, the greatest of sinners,” etc?… Moses sets down the sin and punishment of his own sister, the idolatry and superstition of Aaron his brother, and his own fault in his preposterous striking the rock.”

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 3.

4. Scripture Writers Were Still Frail, Sinning Men

When writing something other than Scripture, they would be liable to mistakes or sin, as other men are. Moses may disobey God and smite the rock to which he is commanded to speak, and so miss Canaan (Num. 20:12). When not writing Scripture, David may seduce Bathsheba, kill Uriah, her husband, with the sword of the Ammonites (II Sam., chap 11). Peter, borne along perfectly when writing Scripture, may at other times curse and swear, deny Jesus and quit the ministry. He may, long after Pentecost, compromise sinfully and be rebuked by Paul (Gal. 2:11-14). Even the people at Corinth could see that Paul’s inspired “letters…are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible” (II Cor. 10:10).

No, it was not men inspired but words inspired, or rather, breathed out by God.

It is conclusive proof of this that we read in I Peter 1:10-12 of Old Testament prophets searching their own inspired writings trying to understand some things they could not understand, since some writings were intended for us who were to live later. God gave the words, not always the meaning, of the prophecies they wrote.

Did the prophecy of Caiaphas in John 11:49-51 proceed from his inspired heart? It did not! Did Balaam prophesy out of an enlightened and purified heart when, against his will, he blessed Israel? He did not! Inspiration gives the written message of God. The understanding of the men who wrote was imperfect. When a Moses or a Paul or a John studied the Scriptures they had written, they could have the same kind of illumination that we have when the Holy Spirit helps us understand the Scriptures. But illumination is not inspiration. It is limited, variable and never perfect. The Scriptures are inspired. The prophets who were borne along in writing the God-breathed words were, in more or less degree, illumined. It is the holy Scriptures that are perfectly breathed out by God. The men are still frail, finite, limited men.

So James Orr is wrong in his view of inspiration, particularly wrong in saying the Scriptures are simply the out-going of what was in the man. That is not so.

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!

What a Perfect, God-Breathed Bible Involves, Part 2 (The Reasons to Believe #220)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #220. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Luke 4:3-4. It reads, “And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Stott. He said, “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 4: “What a Perfect, God-breathed Bible Involves” Part 2.

3. The Scriptures Are Inspired, Not the Men

Let us remember that we are speaking of inspired Scriptures, not of inspired men. God spoke through Balaam, a wicked man who spoke against his will in blessing Israel (Num. chaps. 23 and 24). God even spoke through Balaam’s ass (Num. 22:28-30). God spoke through Caiaphas, the unconverted priest who led in having Jesus crucified (John 11:49-52). Scriptures are written by Moses and by Peter, but that does not mean that Moses was perfect or that he would not lose his temper and offend in smiting the rock the second time (Num. 20:8-13). And Peter compromised and needed to be rebuked publicly by the Apostle Paul, since Peter had led Barnabas and others into sin by his compromise (Gal. 2:11-14). We speak not of infallible men but of the infallible Word of God which He miraculously gave through men.

Professor James Orr was seriously wrong here. We suppose that James Orr, who was professor of apologetics and systematic theology in the United Free Church College in Glasgow, was about the most respected of theologians at the turn of the century. His book, A Christian View of God and the World, is widely used as a textbook in Christian colleges, and publishers call him “one of the most profound Bible scholars of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His great erudition, his scientific knowledge, and his philosophical gifts left their imprint upon the thinking of this age and succeeding generations.” He was the editor-in-chief of the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, a monumental work. But in his book, Revelation and Inspiration, he makes allowance for the incorporation of all traditions in the Scripture, incorporation of genealogies and other tables with errors, in the Word of God. He consents that some of the Scriptures which profess to be history may be allegorical and mythical, though they teach truth.

To start with, one must know that Dr. Orr had accepted evolution as a fact. He was greatly influenced by the professions and claims of scientists. He was postmillennial and believed that the world was getting better and mankind was developing more and more. He believed that the Old Testament was written “in the childhood of the race,” and that inspiration was “progressive,” getting better as the ages passed. So there would be some bias favorable to liberals and unbelievers on the part of this good Christian man.

Orr says:

A first question arises as to the relation of the inspired person to the record. Scripture is spoken of as “God-inspired”; but it is important to notice that inspiration belongs primarily to the person, and to the book only as it is the product of the inspired person. There is no inspiration inherent literally in the paper, ink, or type, of the sacred volume. The inspiration was in the soul of the writer; the qualities that are communicated to the writing had their seat first in the mind or heart of the man who wote. It is on the mind, heart, faculties of the man that the Spirit works: the work is inspired as coming from his thought and pen, and as having the power of quickening and awakening a like glow of soul in those who read. This is seen very clearly in considering the inspiration of genius, as it appears, e.g., in the works of a Shakespeare, a Milton, or a Goethe. The inspiration in these cases is in the souls of the men, and only derivatively in their writings.

It is a mistake to illustrate the inspiration of God-breathed Scripture by the expressed human genius of “a Shakespeare, a Milton, or a Goethe” as Orr does. Shakespeare’s writing came from Shakespeare’s genius; Moses’, David’s and Peter’s part in Scripture came not from within Moses or David or Peter but from God. When writing Scripture, they were “moved [or carried along] by the Holy Ghost.” They did not become supermen.

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!

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!