Category Archives: Scripture

Trusting the Bible

(Psalm 119:42; 2 Tim 3:16-17)

The Bible is a book you can trust, because the Scripture (Bible) bears the distinctive marks of its Author.

  • Unity (Gen 1:26; Deut 6:4)
  • Prophecy (Isa 46:9-10)
  • Holy (Lev 11:44-45; 1 Pet 1:16)
  • Availability (most copied, most printed)
  • Stability (2 Peter 1:16-19)
  • Endurability (1 Peter 1:22-25)

TRUST HIS INSPIRATION

  1. All Scripture is inspired of God
  2. Theopneustos: God-breathed out
  3. The Bible (1 Tim 5:18; 2 Tim 3:14-15; Acts 1:16; 2 Pet 3:16)
  1. All Scripture was revealed to men
  2. Apokalupto: to take off the cover, disclose
  3. Holy men (2 Peter 1:20-21; 1 Cor 2:7-10; Isa 64:4)

TRUST HIS REVELATION

  1. Theme: Son of God, Jesus (Heb 1:1-14; Rev 22:18-21)

TRUST, THE RESULT

  1. Receive/Welcome (1 Thess 2:10-13)
  2. Obey (2 Tim 3:15-16)
  3. Expect (John 12:48; Rom 2:15-16; 2 Cor 5:10; Rev 20:11-15)

 

The Bible is a Book you can trust, because Jesus is the One you can trust.

Insufficient Spiritual Guides

We need to be committed to knowing AND obeying the Scriptures.  Ignorance of the Word of God hasn’t been a good excuse for a long time (Acts 17:11, 30; Jer 6:16; Deut 6:24; 10:12-13; Phil 4:9; 2 John 1:9-10).  Why is God so restrictive?  He is the all-wise and loving Father of all; He always knows what is best (Eph 4:6).  Then why do people risk losing His favor?
I. WARNING!  DO NOT FOLLOW!
A. Cherished Traditions (Gal 1:13-14)
1. God is not — chiefly honored
B. Personal Conscience (Acts 23:1; 26:11; Prov 21:2; 1 Tim 4:1-2)
1. God is not — always guide
C. Majority View (Exo 23:2; Matt 7:13-14)
1. God is not — ever impressed
D. Sincere Feelings (Prov 16:25; 14:12; Jer 10:23)
1. God is not — main motivation
E. The Church (Eph 1:22-23)
1. Christ is not — disciples’ Master (Luke 14:27, 33)
F. Old Testament (Col 2:14-15)
1. Christ is not — final Word (Matt 19:3-9; Mark 9:1-7; Heb 1:2; Matt 28:18-20; Eph 3:3-5; Matt 12:30; John 12:48; Rom 10:17)
Is the Lord Jesus Christ your guide today? 
He wants to be, but He leaves the choice to you.
(John 3:16; Rom 10:10; Acts 2:38; Rom 6:3-4; Gal 3:27; 1 John 1:7-9)

The Authority of Scripture

The importance of something is seen by how much emphasis it’s given.  God has emphasized the importance of His Word more than anything else He could have emphasized.  Consider Psalm 119; Colossians 3:16-17.

I.    WORD OF CHRIST

A.    The authority (name) of the Lord Jesus (Acts 2:38; 8:16; 10:48).
B.    The authority of His ambassadors (Acts 4:7, 10, 18-20).
1.    Both carry equal weight (Matt 17:5; Acts 3:22; John 16:13).

II.    BIBLE

A.    All Scripture (2 Tim 3:16-17).
B.    Books of Moses (Exo 4:12).
C.    Psalms (2 Sam 23:2).
D.    Prophets (2 Pet 1:21).

III.    SCRIPTURES

A.    Jesus explained (Luke 24:27).
B.    Jesus quoted (Luke 17:26-32; Matt 12:39-40).

IV.    WORD OF GOD

A.    Divergent views:
1.    Incomplete, irrelevant, slightly profitable.
B.    Accurate view:
1.    Complete and final (2 Pet 1:3; 1 Cor 2:11-13; Jude 3).
2.    One and only (Eph 4:5).

Jesus made promises relating to His word in the Bible: Teach them, and I will be with you (cf. Matt 28:20).  Abide in them, and I will answer you (cf. John 15:7). Keep them, for they will judge you (cf. John 12:48).

God’s Amazing Bible

How much do we take for granted?  We take for granted freedom in this country, and the blood spilled to make that possible.  We also take for granted the accessible nature of the Bible and our freedom to read it, believe it and practice it.  Go to other countries and you will realize just how much we take for granted.  But, our freedom gives us opportunity to learn the most amazing evidences for God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ being the Son of the Living God.  There are many amazing things about the Bible, but one feature sets it high above all other religious books.  We have the prophetic word, and we have that prophetic word made more sure and certain.

Consider the element of prophecy in the Bible, unmatched by any other religious book.  Consider the Old Testament as the part that Jewish writers wrote hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was born.  Then consider how many prophecies they wrote that described Him in amazing detail.  Consider the odds of one man fulfilling just eight of those prophecies, to say nothing of the dozens and dozens of Old Testament prophecies, types, and shadows of this Messiah and His kingdom fulfilled in Jesus Christ.  Consider the following article: The Mathematical Odds of Jesus Fulfilling Prophecy.

“The following probabilities are taken from Peter Stoner in Science Speaks (Moody Press, 1963) to show that coincidence is ruled out by the science of probability.  Stoner says that by using the modern science of probability in reference to eight prophecies, ‘we find that the chance that any man might have lived down to the present time and fulfilled all eight prophecies is 1 in 100,000,000,000,000,000.’

To help us comprehend this staggering probability, Stoner illustrates it by supposing that we cover the state of Texas with silver dollars two feet deep.  ‘Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state.  Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one.  What chance would he have of getting the right one?  Just the same chance that the prophets would have had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man” (Evidence that Demands a Verdict by Josh McDowell).  Now consider the fact that there are not just eight Old Testament prophecies fulfilled by Jesus Christ, but roughly 353.  It should be quite evident that Jesus did not fulfill the prophecies by accident.”

The Bible is an amazing Book.   It not only prophesied great details about a Messiah who was coming, but it also gave amazing types and shadows of him hundreds of years before the Messiah arrived in Jesus of Nazareth and fulfilled every detail.  The writers of the New Testament were amazed by this factor, as one of the reasons they were convicted enough to live and die for the spread of this message.  They saw what we all need to see.

The New Testament shows how Jesus fulfilled those prophecies, types, and shadows in every way.  Those writers suffered and died to let us see what they saw, and understand what they understood (Eph.3:3-5).   It would be a shame if we let it sit on the table and collect dust as the rich man and his brothers had done for so long (Luke 16:19ff).  Let the rich man’s anguish over that neglect, and his regret and fear that his brothers would repeat the same mistake, be an alarm to make us afraid to take God’s word for granted any more.

We have the prophetic word made more sure (2 Pet.1:16-21).  When you study and start grasping these marvelous things, light comes on in the mind, heart, and life,  growing brighter and brighter until it is like the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  You realize that you hold in your hands the most important information in the world.  Nothing in the security vaults of our nations’ top-secret chambers holds any information more important than the treasures of wisdom and knowledge available to us in the Bible.  When it dawns on you, Glory fills the soul.  We are enlightened and illuminated (Heb.6:4).  Why does that happen?  Because it becomes very clear that the will of man and human wisdom did not produce the prophetic word.  Truly, holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

This book of prophesy contains the power of God to save the soul from death, enlighten the mind, and guide the soul to eternal life.  Oh, what a subject that is itself!

“Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls” (Jas 1:12).

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Rom 1:16).

If you have lost sight of how marvelous and amazing the Bible is, spend some time within its pages, and let that Star rise again in your heart.  The Psalmist said: “Open my eyes that I may see wondrous things from your law”(Psalm 119:18).

Have you seen that glorious light?  Don’t let your chances get by you.  Neglect other things, but don’t neglect this.  It is too amazing to neglect for needless and useless things that make useless lives.

Study this book, your life here and after death depends on it. — Terry W. Benton

“The Way of Man”

Conscience is not a safe guide…

  • Because you can sin without offending your conscience.  Saul did (Acts 23:1; 1 Tim 1:12-14; 26:9).  The conscience is a moral “umpire” that holds you to the “rules” you have been taught (1 Cor 8:7).  Like a watch, the conscience is only reliable when set to the right standard.  Set your conscience to the teaching of Jesus Christ and His apostles in the New Testament (Matt 7:24-27; 28:18-20; John 16:13).

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