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!

The Bible Claims to be the Inspired Word of God, Part 2 (The Reasons to Believe Episode #209)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #209. 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 John MacArthur. He said, “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 2.

1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God (Contd.)

Edward J. Young expounds the meaning of II Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God….” He wrote:

The word which for our purpose is of supreme importance is the word theopneustos, translated in the English Bible; “inspired of God.” It is a compound, consisting of the elements theo (God) and pneustos (breathed). Now, it is well to note that the word ends in the three letters -tos. In the Greek language, words which 1) end in -tos and 2) are compound with theo (God) are generally passive in meaning. An example will make this clear. There is a Greek word theodidaktos (many others might also be brought forth), which means “taught of God.” As may be clearly seen, it ends in -tos and also contains the element theo (God).

Precisely similar is the important word which we are now engaged in considering, namely, theopneustos. It likewise is passive in usage, and we should properly translate, “breathed of God.” This point is often overlooked, and there have been those who have somewhat vigorously insisted that the meaning is active. They would therefore translate by the phrase “breathing out God,” in the sense that the Scriptures breathed forth or were imbued with the Spirit of God. Such, however, as has been noted above, is not the true meaning. The true meaning is passive, “that which is breathed out by God,” and it is this strange designation that the Apostle here applies to the Old Testament Scriptures.

What, however, can such a strange designation mean? Why did Paul thus speak of the Scriptures? He thus spoke, we believe, because he wished to make as clear as possible the fact that the Scriptures did not find their origin in man but in God. It was God the Holy Ghost who breathed them forth; they owed their origin to Him; they were the product of the creative breath of God Himself. It is a strong figure, this expression “breathed out by God.” A strong figure, however, is needed, in order that Timothy may realize that he is being asked to place his confidence not in writings which merely express the hopes and aspirations of the best of men, but rather in writings which are themselves actually breathed out by God, and consequently of absolute authority.

Further, Dr. Young says:

The Scriptures therefore are writings which found their origin in God; they are the very product of His creative breath. It is this, then, that we mean when we speak of the inspiration of the Bible. Now the term inspiration is, in the humble opinion of the present writer, not a happy one. The word inspiration means that which is breathed in. It comes to us from the Latin, and in the Latin translation of the Bible, commonly known as the Vulgate, is used as a rendering of the Greek theopneustos, (God-breathed). We are not satisfied with this translation, for the English word inspiration, as has just been remarked, means a “breathing in,” and, as we have seen, that is not at all what Paul intends to say. We must be very explicit on this point.

In writing to Timothy, Paul does not wish Timothy to understand that the Scriptures are a body of human writings into which something Divine has been breathed. That is precisely what he does not wish Timothy to understand. According to Paul, the Scriptures are not writings into which something Divine has been breathed; they are not even writings which are imbued with the Divine Spirit (at least, that is not his emphasis in this passage). The Scriptures, Paul vigorously asserts, are writings which came into being because they were breathed out by God Himself. And that is something quite different from what is commonly suggested by the word “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 1 (The Reasons to Believe #208)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #208. 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 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 1.

Nothing any man can say or think about the Bible is as important as what the Bible says itself. There are many reasons for believing that the Bible is all it claims to be, but the Bible itself is its best witness. And the Bible does clearly, repeatedly, and without any question or limitation, claim to be the very inspired Word of God.

I. SOME BASIC SCRIPTURES CLAIMING DIVINE INSPIRATION

Consider, first, there are many express statements that the Bible is inspired or is the Word of God or proceeds from God. Then, in literally hundreds of cases it claims to speak for God. Further, the Bible claims such perfections as could be only true of a God-given Book, and the claim for inspiration includes all parts of the Bible.

1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God

A fundamental statement of Scripture about inspiration is in II Timothy 3:15,16. The Scriptures are breathed out by God. We read:

“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.”

Note this passage speaks of “the holy scriptures” and these writings “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

But the express statement in verse 16 is even stronger: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” And that is why it is so profitable and thoroughly furnishes the man of God, we are told. Even if you change the order of the words as they are in the American Standard Version of 1901, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness…,” it does not change the meaning. A certain group of writings are, all of them, given by inspiration of God.

Webster’s New International Dictionary defines inspiration thus:

inspiration. 2. Theol. a A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate truth without error; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth. Various theories as to the degree, extent, and mode of the inspiration of Scripture are held. That of plenary inspiration regards the inspiration as extending to all the subjects dealt with; that of verbal inspiration extends the inspiration to every word. Some writers identify these two kinds. The theory of moral inspiration limits the inspiration and consequent authoritativeness to the moral and religious instruction the writings contain. As to its mode, inspiration is held by some to be mechanical, and the writers to have been simply amanuenses of the Holy Spirit, and by others to be dynamical, and the writers to have been moved by the Holy Spirit operating on and through their natural faculties.

But the word “inspiration” here means a great deal more than the English term usually would imply. Our English word comes from the Latin “inspire,” meaning “to breathe in.” It is the opposite of the word “expire” or “breathe out.” Thus some would take it to mean that God breathed into men’s writings and makes them the Word of God, or He breathed on the writings in such a way as to supervise and keep them from error.

But the meaning in the original Greek, theopneustos, is much more definite. It is literally God-breathed. All Scripture is “God-breathed,” that is, the Scripture itself is breathed out from God. God is its origin. The miracle of the Scriptures came directly from God. A similar terminology is that used when God made Adam “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). This is about as strong a statement as human language could make about the inspiration of the Bible. The Scripture was breathed out by God. This is so important, and so often not understood, we stress the point.

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!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 11 (Reasons to Believe #207)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #207. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II John 9-11. It reads, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from James Montgomery Boice. He said, “Some persons think they can know God by means of their own human reason. But reason is a blind ally spiritually. It has always been the great minds exercising their powers apart from the Word of God who have produced the great heresies. Some think they can discover God by listening to a so-called ‘inner voice.’ But the voice is often nothing more than an expression of their own inner desires. Quite a few think that spiritual truths can be verified by supernatural events or miracles. But the Bible everywhere teaches that even miracles will not lead men and women to understand and receive God’s truth unless they themselves are illuminated by the Bible (see Luke 16:31). I believe that we can state categorically that there is no knowledge apart from Jesus Christ and that there is no knowledge of Jesus Christ apart from a knowledge of the Bible.”

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 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 11.

3. Disbelievers in the Bible Are Unconverted Men

In II John, verses 9 and 10 we find that the man who does not abide in the Bible doctrine about Jesus Christ “hath not God,” that is, he is unconverted. We find that Jesus said that false teachers would come at the judgment to say they had cast out devils, they had prophesied in Christ’s name, and He will say to them, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” And in II Peter, chapter 2, and in Jude, we have a description of the awful wickedness of these men who are unsaved.

So since enemies of the Bible, unbelievers in the Christ of the Bible, are unconverted men and natural men, we learn that “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.” The unconverted man cannot know the things of God revealed in the Bible.

Oh, if anybody wants to know whether the Bible is true, he must trust in Christ and have his poor, wicked heart changed and have the Holy Spirit of God to live within. Then he can have help and understanding of the Bible.

No unconverted man ought ever be allowed to teach a Sunday school class or fill a pulpit or teach in a Christian college or teach in a theological seminary. No unconverted man who writes on religion ought ever to have his books read or regarded. He does not know and cannot know the best things God reveals until he himself is forgiven and changed.

We do not reject scholarship. We do reject the biased false scholarship of infidels. We are open to all truth but not to the partisan claims of men whose hearts are closed to God’s truth.

Bible truth is for saved people and all saved people ought to seek God’s truth more and more. But the unconverted man needs first of all to come with a contrite, penitent heart, to be born again.

In a little cow town in West Texas where I lived as a boy, there was the town infidel. He was a crude and uneducated man, a profane, drinking man with a criminal record, though a strong personality. He talked long and loud in his criticism of the Bible to all who would hear. He used the same kind of argument that Paine and Voltaire and Ingersoll used, the same kind of arguments that infidels in the church today use. He used the same kind of arguments that Fosdick and Buttrick and Oxnam used against the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth and deity of Christ, and he had the same kind of wicked heart. He was no more intelligent than others, no more scientifically trained; he just had a more wicked, Christ-rejecting heart than many and so he spewed out his infidelity.

Unconverted men cannot understand spiritual truth. They are not good men, they do not have good hearts, they are not to be trusted, and they are not to be regarded as scholars on the matters concerning the Bible.

This is holy ground, to be humbly, reverently approached with a penitent, believing heart and open ears to hear what God says.

Oh, you who read the Bible, I beg you, take the shoes off the feet of your heart as you read.

Dyson Hague has this sweet word here:

Let me say this one word more. Oh, do not think and do not say, as you have heard men say they think, that we ought to read this Book as we read any other book; we ought to study it and analyze it just as we do any textbook in literature or science. No, no! When you come to this Book, come to it with awe. Read it with reverence. Regard it with a most sacred attention. “Put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.” Never, never compare this Book in the terms of human comparisons with other books. Comparison is dangerous. They are of earth. This is from Heaven. And do not think and do not say that this Book only contains the words of God. It is the Word of God. To say the Bible contains the Word of God, instead of saying the Bible is the Word of God, is inadequate and misleading as Saphir declares. Everything that is in Scripture would authenticate itself to us as the Word of God, if we understood it in its right connection with the center. Therefore, think not of it as a good book, or even as a better book, but lift it in heart and mind and faith and love far, far above all, and ever regard it, not as the word of man, but as it is in truth, the Word of God; nay, more, as the living Word of the Living God; supernatural in origin; eternal in duration; inexpressible in value; infinite in scope; divine in authorship; human in penmanship; regenerative in power; infallible in authority; universal in interest; personal in application; and as St. Paul declares, inspired in totality.”

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!

Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 10 (Reasons to Believe #206)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #206. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is I Corinthians 2:14. It reads, “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.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from R.A. Torrey. He said, “Every type of destruction that human philosophy, human science, human reason, human art, human cunning, human force and human brutality could bring to bear against a book has been brought to bear against this Book, and yet the Bible stands absolutely unshaken today. At times almost all the wise and great of the earth have been pitted against the Bible, and only an obscure few for it. Yet it has stood.”

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 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 10.

III. UNCONVERTED MEN CANNOT
UNDERSTAND SPIRITUAL TRUTH

Whose opinion may we value, when we go to study spiritual truth, for example, on the doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible?

1. The Natural Man Cannot Receive the Things of the Spirit of God

In I Corinthians, chapter 2, we have a wonderful revelation about divine inspiration of the Bible, even the very verbal inspiration of the Bible. In verse 14 is this strong statement: “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. Carl Henry says about this matter of approaching the Bible with a wicked bias against God:

The approach to the Bible, in whole and in part, is ventured from only one of two standpoints, that of faith or that of suspended judgment. One has either a regard or disregard for its authority. In the one case, its trustworthiness is assumed unless conclusive evidence for the contrary appears; in the other, any and every passage in the Bible is called in question, and its trustworthiness acknowledged only for some other reason than that it belongs to the sacred record.

Later on the same page he says:

The Christian view of inspiration is part and parcel of a Christian view of God and the world. The answer to the question, “Where, in a debatable matter, shall the benefit of the doubt go?” will reflect the pattern by which one approaches the problem. Does the benefit fall to the modern view, with its bias toward the fallibility of Scripture? Does it fall rather to the side of Biblical authority and reliability?

2. To Give Weight and Respect for Opinions
of Bible Enemies Is Wrong

Dr. Edward J. Young takes a fine stand for the verbal inspiration of the Bible. However, he says something in the preface with which I seriously disagree.

Although I reject most heartily the modern views of the Bible, I have the greatest respect for some of the men who hold these views. The frequent reference to the writings of Otto A. Piper and Alan Richardson, even though so often by way of disagreement, will, I trust, be regarded as an evidence of the respect in which these writers are held.

I do not quote the opinions of unconverted men, enemies of the Bible, except as it becomes necessary to refute those opinions. I do not believe that a man who does not personally accept Christ and love Him, and does not revere the Bible as God’s Word, has the sincerity of heart and the humility of heart, the unbiased objective approach, with a good heart which is necessary to understand spiritual truth. I believe that if Tom Paine is to be called an infidel and if Robert Ingersoll is to be called an infidel, then men in the church who take exactly the same attitude toward Christ and the Bible ought to be called infidels, too, because they are exactly that. I believe they ought to be regarded as enemies of Christ and of the Bible, because if they were really friends of Christ and of the Bible they would come to know the truth which God is so willing to reveal to those who seek His face humbly and lovingly. There is room for difference of opinion of Christians on lesser matters but not about the Person of Christ and the authority of the Bible. Men who know Christ as Saviour and love Him and who read and revere and sincerely try to follow the Scriptures are much more likely to understand them, than some other unbelieving man who has a heart set against Christ and the Bible, no matter how many degrees he may have.

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!

Beware of Scholars Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 9 (The Reasons to Believe #205)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #205. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Peter 2:1-3. It reads, “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from William Jennings Bryan. He said, “If the Bible had said that Jonah swallowed the whale, I would believe it.”

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 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 9.

6. Infidels in the Church and Out Are Alike Wicked

Tom Paine wrote the first edition of The Age of Reason while he was in prison in France. He plainly admitted that he wrote it without having a copy of the Bible or even a copy of the New Testament at hand, yet he foolishly said that he felt he had proved that the Bible was not reliable, was not the Word of God — a foolish, ignorant boast! Wicked, deceived heart! Why would any intelligent man think that the opinions of a profane, drunken man like Paine were important when he did not study the Bible itself, did not even have at hand a Bible to read when he set out to prove that the Bible was not true! And liberals in the churches, not as honest as Paine, though they are the same kind of infidels privately, are not to be counted good men and their words are not to be counted as wise. Their opinions are not to be regarded. Why? Because they are wicked men, intentionally deceiving, intentionally rejecting the light and trying to blind others to the light.

In a widely published letter, Dr. Harry Emerson Fosdick said: “No, I do not believe in the virgin birth of Christ and I do not know an intelligent man who does.”

Had Dr. Fosdick really, honestly investigated this matter and found that no intelligent people believed in the virgin birth and other essentials of the Christian faith? Does he really believe that scholars like Robert Dick Wilson, Machen, Hodge, Warfield, and more recent, Allis of Princeton, all contemporary with him, were not intelligent men? Did he really check and find that R.A. Torrey, C.I. Scofield, William Jennings Bryan, and W.B. Riley, who all lived in his day, and many, many other great, scholarly, Christian men — did he really believe that these were not intelligent men? Winston Churchill openly and in print avowed his belief in all the Bible. But did Dr. Fosdick say that Churchill was not an intelligent man? The answer is obvious. Fosdick said what was not true and said it with deliberate intention to deceive. A Christ-rejecting, unconverted man is an enemy of the Bible and would deceive others.

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!

Beware of Scholars Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 8 (The Reasons to Believe #204)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #204. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is I Timothy 4:1-2. It reads, “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from J.C. Ryle. He said, “Be very sure of this – people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment. They try to believe it is false and useless, because they don’t like to believe it is true.”

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 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 8.

4. Modernists, Liberals “Bring in Damnable Heresies” Privily, Through Covetousness

The Apostle Peter was inspired to write about such false prophets also.

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.” —II Pet. 2:1-3

Examine that Scripture again. They “privily…bring in damnable heresies.” They do not openly, publicly announce their enmity for Christ and the Bible, but they deceive the people, “even denying the Lord that bought them.” Why do they do it? They do it “through covetousness.” And how? “With feigned words,” making merchandise of the people. So liberals in the churches, claiming to be Christians when they are not, claiming to speak as prophets of God when they represent Satan and not God, are enemies of the Bible and are wicked men, deceitful men.

5. Bible Deniers Are “Ungodly Men” Denying the Lord Jesus

The wickedness of unbelieving men is reproved in Jude 3 and 4:

“Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Note carefully what God says here: “The faith” is “the faith of the Gospel” of Philippians 1:27, the certain essential doctrines which are in the Gospel and the principal doctrines of Christianity. We must contend for this faith. Why? These men who oppose the faith are “ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” They may say nice words about Jesus, but they do not believe His deity, they do not worship Him as God, they do not trust Him as Saviour.

Many times in the Bible there are references to such unbelieving enemies of the Bible who claim to be Christians. Titus was commanded to ‘hold fast the faithful word,’ to stop the mouths of vain talkers and deceivers who teach falsely “for filthy lucre’s sake” (Titus 1:9-11). In II John 9-11 we are told, “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God.” Notice, they transgress in not accepting the Bible doctrine about Christ in the Bible and such people are not to be received in our houses, not to be bidden Godspeed or counted as Christians. They ‘have not God.’

Those, then, who do not believe the Bible are the enemies of the Bible and tend to deceive. They want to hold positions of leadership and gain in the churches, they wear sheep’s clothing, but they are wolves. They intentionally deceive for filthy lucre’s sake. They make merchandise of the people for covetousness.

Therefore, we do not count as important the opinions of wicked men, unconverted men, deniers of the Bible, when we study the inspiration of the Bible.

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!

Beware of Scholars Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word, Part 7 (The Reasons to Believe #203)

Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #203. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.

Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Corinthians 11:13-15. It reads, “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “Precisely because it is so powerful, the Bible has always had its enemies. Unbelievers challenge its credibility. Skeptics question its accuracy. Moral revisionists depreciate its precepts. Religious liberals dispute its supernatural character. Cultists twist its meaning.”

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 2: “Beware of “Scholars” Who Do Not Believe the Bible Is God’s Word” Part 7.

1. Jesus Warned of False Prophets, Wolves Who Come in Sheep’s Clothing

In Matthew 7:15, Jesus says, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” He says that we can know these false prophets by their fruits, that is, by their teaching. And in verses 21 to 23 following He plainly says that many of these claiming to prophesy in Christ’s name, cast out devils and do good works, will hear the sad words of Jesus, “I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” Jesus says that false teachers on these great essentials of the Christian faith are wolves, though they claim to be sheep. And they deceitfully put on sheep’s clothing to deceive others.

2. False Teachers Are “Deceitful Workers, Transforming Themselves Into the Apostles of Christ”

In II Corinthians 11:13-15 the Apostle Paul said: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

Note the moral guilt involved here. These are “deceitful workers” who claim to be apostles of Christ when they are not, just as they are ministers of Satan, then. So, those who are enemies of the Bible as the very Word of God, are wicked, deceitful men.

3. Paul Warned Timothy of Such Wicked Unbelief

In I Timothy 4:1 and 2 are these plain words: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron.” Notice the sharp denunciation of these that give “heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy.” Their conscience is seared. This is the state of those who do not believe the Bible and teach against the infallible authority of the Word of God.

And in II Timothy 3:5 Paul warns Timothy again about those “having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof.”

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!