The Inspiration of the Bible, No. 1
morning we move now to the crucial subject of the
inspiration of the Bible.
We have found
that the modern way of thinking is based upon philosophical concepts
by nature, hostile to the idea of a supernatural revealed Christianity. So
let’s look at the Bible’s view of
This doctrine is
Christianity, all of
your personal fortunes as a Christian fall or stand on the issue of an
infallible Bible—a Bible that in its original languages was
produced by God
through man without any error whatsoever being incorporated into that
if the Bible is not infallible, then we can be sure of
nothing in spiritual matters.
the very reason that the liberal presses viewing the Bible from the
philosophies from Hagel and Kant, which were that everything is
that there are no absolutes.
that the liberal presses this is that he does not want to have to come
book that makes a statement and that settles the issue on that
He does not want
to think that
there is one place in the world where there is one book that has
priority authority, and when it speaks, that answers the question and
no debate and there’s no appeal from it.
if we reject the doctrine of inspiration as producing an
infallible revelation from God, we will also reject the other doctrines
Any attempt to
evade the supreme
importance of the doctrine of inspiration is a self-deception. Some
of our conservative brethren in the
neo-evangelical camp are prone to compromise on the doctrine of
They are so eager
cooperative with the liberal.
so eager to reach across.
to be hearing a lot about this (this year) because the neo-evangelicals
kicked off a whole new operation for this year called “Key
If you have not
yet heard about it, you will
be hearing about it.
going to get
mounting promotion on television and in the news media, and
you’re going to be
bombarded with Key 73.
Key 73 is an
evangelistic program incorporating Catholics, liberals, orthodox,
conservatives, fundamentalists, neo-evangelicals—the whole
ball of wax in a
great united effort of evangelism.
obviously, if we are going to reach across the aisle to
take in hand the liberal and to join with him in an effort of
gospel is going to be considerably different than our gospel. If
our gospel is built upon the Word of God
which we receive as God’s authoritative statement, and what
it says is the
final word relative to man’s problem and God’s
solution, and our liberal friend
says, “No, the Bible is man trying to give you an expression
of what he
understands of his religious experience,” and that God is
your concern and your
expression of love, as Bishop Robinsons says, obviously we’re
going to have a
hard time getting together in evangelistic efforts.
the thing that you’re going to be told
is, “Oh, we don’t want you to do that.
We want you with
your group to be out there in evangelism. We
want the liberal with his group to be out
there in evangelism.
We want the Roman
Catholic to be out there with Mary, the saints, and the whole bit in
But we want
This seems very
you want to remember to ask yourself the questions
always, how would I run this show if I were the antichrist today? If
I were on the scene, and Satan is my power
in the background, how would I run this show in order to start moving
toward the place where I have all of humanity under one religious
and under one church, because that’s where it’s
And Key 73, while
it is commendable in its
purpose of evangelism, I think as you see it unraveling, as you think
through, you are going to discover that this is another ecumenical
gathering together people of divergent views to say,
“Let’s forget the
differences and let’s get together on Bishop
Robinson’s principle that it’s
love that counts.
If we just love
another, that’s what will carry us through.”
But the Word of
God says, and if you believe its propositions of truth
you must accept this:
we cannot love
except in truth.
We can only love
basis of truth or there is no real love.
the love that God the Holy Spirit gives as a mental climate within our
There is no
mental ground on this doctrine of
You will find it
difficult to be cooperative in the Lord’s work with people
who say that you don’t
have God’s book; you don’t have God’s
Word; you don’t have God’s truth.
What the Bible Claims
there are a couple of key passages on inspiration and we’ll
look at them this morning to lay this out before you.
hope you will follow it carefully so that
within your own mind you will first of all establish what the Bible
we’re going to
talk about inspiration with anybody and if we’re going to
reject this idea that
there is a god out there on the other side who can give us a Bible on
which is a perfect record of what He thinks, first of all we have to
the Bible claims for itself.
will understand what it is that the liberal is rejecting.
does the Bible claim for itself relative
to its inspiration?
2 Timothy 3:16-17
turn to 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished
all good works.”
here, “all scripture” in verse 16 refers to the
same thing that is spoken of in
verse 15 where Paul is saying to Timothy, “and that from a
child thou hast
known the holy scriptures which are able to make thee wise unto
through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
as Timothy grew up as a boy with a mother who was a
believer and a father who was an unbeliever, the mother trained him in
did his mother
read to him?
mother instruct him in?
him in what we now call the Old Testament.
all the Bible there was.
That is what is
referred to here in verse 16.
Testament Bible is what Paul is
saying is Scripture and is inspired. So
we’re talking about the book that you hold in your hand. We
shall see that the New Testament is placed
in the same relationship as the Old Testament.
The New Testament
writers placed their communication on an equal level with
the communication of the prophets of the Old Testament.
New Testament writers claim that what
they wrote as apostles was equal as scripture to the Old Testament. So
in effect we’re talking about both Old and
Old Testament was the Bible that Timothy knew. Almost
all of the New Testament was written,
by the way, at the time that 2 Timothy was written, except perhaps for
later writings of John.
By the time that
2 Timothy was written, all the New Testament books except the later
John were already on parchment, written and ready to be preserved.
in his epistle would equate the New Testament to the
In 2 Peter
says, “An account that the longsuffering of our Lord is
salvation, even as our
beloved brother Paul, also according to wisdom given unto him hath
you, and has also in all of his epistles, speaking in them of these
which are some things hard to be understood which they that are
unstable rest as they do also (now notice) the
other scriptures unto their own
Here Peter is
talking about the epistles of
Paul and he compares them to the other scriptures.
implication being that the writings of
Paul are also scripture.
quotes Luke 10:7 as being equal scripture with
He does this in 1
the scriptures saith,
‘Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the grain,
and the laborer is
worthy of his reward.’” Now
part of that verse, “Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that
treadeth out the grain,”
which he calls scripture comes from Deuteronomy 25:4.
the last part, “the laborer is worthy of
his reward,” is to be found no place in the Old Testament. Where
you find it is actually in Luke
So here you have
an example in
these later New Testament books calling earlier New Testament books
places the words of the New Testament apostles on
equal plain with the words of the Old Testament prophets, both spoken
2 Peter 3:2 says,
“That ye may
be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets
Testament) and the commandments of us, the apostles of the Lord and
“What they said in the Old
Testament was important.
What we as
apostles say is equally important.” So
I’m trying to get
across to you is that when we say “all scripture,”
it’s the Bible that you hold
in your hands.
notice that in the Greek there is no verb. It
says, “All scripture is given,” but you
notice that the word “is” is in italics in your
Bible, indicating that it is
not in the Greek.
In other words,
have no verb.
It does have
is the way it reads.
The Greek word
inspiration is “theopneustos.” This
word which is used only once in the Bible and that is right here in
what we call a hapax legomenon
(one time only).
This first part
word “theo” is from the Greek word
“theos” for “God.” The
last part of the word here “pneustos” is
the word for “breathe.” So
literally means God-breathed.
scripture is the breathing out of God.
the Greek language when you have this ending “tos”
connected to the word for God, it means that it is passive. The
idea is “that which is breathed out by
doesn’t mean that the Bible is
breathing out God.
When we say that
scripture is God-breathed, we don’t mean that all scripture
is breathing out
That would be
What it says is
that all scripture is
breathed out by God.
you understand that passive quality. The
author is receiving something.
He is not
inventing something the way the liberal says.
The very Greek
language denies the claim of the liberal. When
the liberal says man produced these
ideas, this word says, “You’re wrong.”
You could not
have this ending in this word and be an active idea of
something that the Bible is breathing out God as a result of what men
Rather it is God
who breathed out
we’re not asked to place our supreme confidence,
consequently, in doctrines of a book which are merely expressing the
ideals and hopes of good of fallible men.
This is clearly
not the product of man.
The same idea for
the origin of the Bible is expressed by Jesus Christ
in Matthew 4:4 when He was talking to Satan.
Every word that
proceeded out of the “mouth” of God—God
His scriptural truth.
we have this English word “inspiration” that
Inspiration, in a way, is not a good word here because it comes from
actually the Latin word
which is used here for the Greek “theopneustos”
from which we get the English word
“in” part of the word inspiration
gives us the idea that God takes men’s writings and then he
breathes life into
them, and that is not the case.
a better word would be “expiration.” The
Bible is actually an experience of expiration.
It is God Himself
breathing out His word.
It is not
something that man produced and
then God did something with it.
something that God produced entirely and men were simply the agents of
It is produced by
creative breath of God, and consequently it has a supernatural power. For
this reason we’re told that it is
profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction, instruction, and
There is no other
in the world of which this can be said.
Scripture is profitable in this way. It
is only the Scripture that can make a
believer what our translation here says “perfect.”
this word “perfect” is not the usual word that we
for “perfect” in Scripture. You
heard us speak about this word “telios.”
This is the word
that is referred to in 1 Corinthians concerning the
Scripture where we had knowledge in the New Testament only in part, and
we had the prophetic word only in part.
When that is
brought to fullness, then it says those things will
Previous to that
the gift of
tongues would have ceased.
to look a little more in detail this evening.
We have this key
word “telios” which is normally translated as
but it means “having reached its
goal”—when a thing comes that God has planned
When the New
Testament Canon of
Scripture came to the point that God had planned for it, the gift of
dropped right out of sight and it came to an end. So
whatever you have today is a fraudulent expression
of tongues but it is not the New Testament gift.
word that is used here is “artios.” “Artios”
The Word has the
ability to make a man
capable so that he is thoroughly furnished unto all good works, and
fully equipped (”exartizo”). It
fully equip a Christian so that he can produce a divine good. Only
the inspired Word of God can produce
“exartizo” for fully
equipped here is in the perfect which means that this equipping comes
past when under the grace system of perception we are learning
doctrine, and we
enter then equipped to meet the current situation of life.
is passive which means that a Christian
receives this status of preparation. He
receives it as a result of learning the Word.
is equipped to produce divine good unto all good
the Bible authors themselves didn’t even
understand what God had revealed to them as He directed them in their
1 Peter 1:10-12
indicate to us
that sometimes the writers didn’t understand the meaning of
the very things
that they were recording.
They just knew
that God had spoken.
God told them to
write it and they put it down.
the content was not from men, but it was from God, there were times
did not understand what they wrote. Angels
sometimes were communicators of doctrine but they were never the
the translation of 2 Timothy 3:16 becomes rather
We have a problem
because sometimes this is translated in a way that is deceptive
doctrine of inspiration.
In 2 Timothy
3:16 you have, first of all, in the Greek a noun “all
the subject of the sentence.
Then there is no
“is” that you have in the English Bible
is in italics.
Now that is
such a Greek
construction that “is” is simply understood.
what you do have are two adjectives. “God
breathed” with the word “and” then
forms the predicate, the action part of
God-breathed and profitable.” In
Greek you literally have this order: “All
scripture God-breathed and profitable.”
There is no
“is” and no verb at this point.
the Revised version the translation that was given and
which keeps cropping up and which in other later translations
you’ll find (in
the margins if not in the text) says “Every Scripture
inspired of God is profitable.” Notice
what that says.
should recognize that this
construction “every scripture” raises the
possibility that some of the writings
in the Bible are not Scripture.
this translation is saying is that every Scripture is inspired and
What is not
Scripture is not
inspired and profitable.
This violates a
basic law of Greek grammar.
It is a
translation that the liberals like because it gives them an opportunity
point to some parts of the Bible and say that they’re not
inspired; and, to
point to some parts of the Bible and say they don’t come from
But in the Greek
you have this condition that
cannot be violated, that when you have two adjectives like this,
connected in the
way they are, “God-breathed and profitable,” they
must go together.
You cannot split
them up as they did
Scripture inspired of God
What they did was
make this word “and” into
“also,” and that violates a basic rule of Greek
Either both of
have to go with “every scripture” and be part of
the subject, or neither one of
them goes with it.
Now if you put
of them with the subject, you have no verb, so you have no sentence. Therefore,
“All Scripture” is the subject of
adjectives with “is”
understood and the two connected form the verb part of the sentence. There
is no way around that.
several of the scholars who were on the committee
translating the Revised Version strongly protested this translation. They
couldn’t believe this kind of a fracture
To this day
it’s a marvel
that these men would have come up with a translation such as this. It
can only make us suspect how some of them
were deeply moved by a liberal bias such that they wanted to put it in
way, knowing better that this was by far an inferior translation; that
wanted to put it in this way in order to keep the way open for their
So when you see
Version translation, it should be rejected.
It permits the
liberal to reject parts of the Word of God and it is not
a proper translation.
example, we have the same thing in Hebrews 4:12 which
says, “The Word of God is living and powerful.”
It does not say,
“The living Word of God is also powerful.”
could do the same thing.
the identical type of construction. You
could do the same thing to this verse,
and what are you saying?
Word of God is also powerful.” That
doesn’t even make sense because we already know that if the
Word of God is
living, it’s also powerful. So
saying a useless thing.
The same thing
by God is profitable.” We
know that if
it’s inspired by God that it’s profitable.
isn’t saying anything.
2 Peter 1:21
second major verse we want to look at this morning is 2
This one also
information about the doctrine of inspiration.
the prophecy came not any time by the will of man, but holy men of
God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”
the context, verses 16 through 20, Peter
says in verse 16 that the great theme of prophecy concerning
Christ’s return is
no fable which the disciples just invented.
actually were on the scene at the transfiguration on the
mountaintop and they were eyewitnesses to a preview of
Christ’ majestic return
to this earth.
Verses 17 and 18
of prophecy” makes this promised return even more certain. It’s
not only that they witnesses a preview,
but then he goes on to say, in verse 19, a more sure word of
from God that we will take heed to, that Christ is going to return. The
word of prophecy or the prophetic word is
part of the Bible.
may be referring to two things here. Prophecy
included two factors.
forthtelling, just declaring
or announcing the truth of God.
also included predicting the future.
Peter may be
referring merely to the predictive portions of Scripture,
or he may be referring to forthtelling, to everything—the
Scripture as a
doesn’t make any
In either case we
are told something
about how Scripture is produced by this verse.
The gift of
prophecy, in the sense of forthtelling, was actually
possessed by all writers of the Scripture.
They were all
heralds declaring the mind of God. Verse
20 stresses how the Bible was not
this, that no
prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.” That
means that no single individual on his
own investigated into matters and then wrote down his findings apart
and wrote it down as Scripture.
Bible is not the product of mere human investigation and reason because
21 specifically says that it did not come by the will of man. The
Bible declares this about itself, that it
is not of human origin and so it does have divine authority. If
it was of human origin alone, we would
question whether it could carry divine absolute authority.
the expression that you have in verse 21: “For
the prophecy came not at any time by the
will of man.”
There is no
segment of the
Word of God, the forthtelling part or the predictive part, which simply
because men decided to sit down and write the Scriptures.
the word that describes what did happen: It
says that holy men of God spoke as they
were “moved,” and the word
“moved” is “phero” in the Greek
which means “born
“carried along.” This
word connotes the effect of the wind
blowing into the sail of a boat. This
what the wind does to a boat.
it up and carries the structure along.
This is what
happened to the men who wrote the Scriptures. God
the Holy Spirit came upon them, He came
under them, He picked them up and He carried them along as they wrote
Scriptures, so that what they thought was the mind of God and what they
recorded was the truth of God.
that carried along these communicators was God the Holy Spirit.
they’re not functioning under their own power and
recording the divine revelation which God gave them.
is telling us how God breathed forth,
or how He produced the Bible.
Spirit so moved the writers that they delivered a book without
when we say there are no mistakes in the
Bible, we are talking about the original Greek and Hebrew manuscripts. In
the original writings there were no
We have in effect
reproduced from copies, those original manuscripts.
we can’t be absolutely certain that we
have every small word exactly as it was in the original.
have no errors of doctrine and there are
no errors of any substance to be found in the copies we have.
were born along.
This is present
tense which means the Holy Spirit continually
superintended their Bible writings so everything was accurate. This
is not true, by the way, of their other
When Peter sat
down and wrote
a letter to his mother back home, it was not an inspired letter. That
letter is lost like his authoritative
inspired letters also.
But only when
they sat down and they were writing Scripture, when they picked up the
at the point when the pen touched the parchment, inspiration went into
They were carried
along, born along, like the
wind carrying a boat in its sails, they were carried to the destination
the Spirit of God intended them to go to, both in the words and in the
that those words conveyed.
is passive voice which means that the Holy Spirit was
the one that was active in inspiration, and the writers were carried
The human beings
using their own vocabulary and their own personality style, yet the
guided them in the selection of the words that they were to use. In
the actual writing, the writers were
active, but they were being carried along by the Spirit of God, and in
sense they were passive.
This is a
participle which states the principle of inspiration.
what does the Bible claim for itself? The
Bible says that it is actually the words
that God spoke.
He gave them to
that He selected, and he recorded the very words that He said. So
we may translate it “being born by the Holy
Spirit, men spoke from God.”
How Inspiration Works
here’s a definition of inspiration. Inspiration
is the superintendence of God the
Holy Spirit over the writers of Scriptures as a result of which these
Scriptures possess divine authority and trustworthiness, and possessing
and trustworthiness, are free from error in both words and thoughts. Inspiration
is actually an inhale and an
information from God in one way or another.
He may be reading
He may be
recalling his own experiences.
He may be talking
to eye witnesses.
He may be getting
direct speaking revelation from God. He
gets the information—the revelation from the
Holy Spirit goes into his perceptive, his thinking, his understanding
It comes in there
He believes it
and transfers it to his human
spirit where God then teaches him this truth as full knowledge. From
this it is cycled back up to his
directive mind and it is there as a frame of reference now ready for
This principle is
taught in 2
Samuel 23:2-3, Isaiah 59:21, Jeremiah 1:9, Matthew 22:42-43, Mark
4:24-25, and Acts 28:25.
All of these
verses tell us that God gave the writer the information.
believed it and understood it as from God,
and then he was ready to act in the process of exhaling.
the author takes up his pen, he sits
down with a parchment, and he records the full knowledge that he has
and he records it without error in the original languages.
two verses that we have looked at this
morning, 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21 teach this fact.
testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ in
John 10:35 is that all the Scripture must be fulfilled.
of it can fail to be realized.
then brings us to the question:
we’ve answered thus far is what does the
Bible claim about inspiration.
two verses we have seen that God says, “I took men.
I taught them. Then
I guided them so they recorded my mind
with a perfect copy with exactly the right words.”
what you have in the Bible is the
Word of God—the ultimate final supreme authority in spiritual
says about God is true.
says about sin therefore is
Whatever it says
Whatever it says
morality, it’s true.
Whatever it says
about blessing and cursing and happiness and unhappiness,
it’s all true.
Bible makes a claim such that
you and I come to a crossroads and we have to decide, “Is
How do I know
that the Bible is
How do you know
if the Bible is inspired?
If we were to
take a vote, would you vote, “Yes, it is inspired of
God,” or would you vote, “No,”
or would you vote, “I’m not sure.”
do you know that the Bible is inspired?
part of the problem is that the signposts have been
tampered with on the road that directs us relative to our attitude
Today the Bible
inspiration will place you at a crossroad in your life.
may take the road that it is an inspired
inerrant Bible from God with final authority, or you may take the road
Bible is from men filled with errors but a worthy message with no
The problem in
it is is made more difficult because Satan has tampered with the
some kid who climbs up on the signpost at some intersection and he
signs so that the streets are marked just the opposite way. What
the liberal has done under the direction
of Satan is that he has changed the signposts.
He is actually
pointing down the road that says the Bible is a human
product full of errors but with a good message and the signpost says
the way to blessing and to a knowledge of God.
All of our
society believes that that’s the way to find the knowledge
and the blessing of God.
The Bible is a
They love to call
it the good
The good mistaken
book is what
they mean because it has a nice message in mistaken words.
does not happen to be the road to God’s
Bible claims to
originate with God and not with man.
it faces you and me to decide if that’s true.
the Bible is not trustworthy in what it
claims on this subject, how can you and I trust it in anything else? So
it raises the question as to why do men
believe Satan and why do they reject the claims and the evidences of
Well, natural man
spiritually blind, so any light that the Bible gives he’s not
What he needs is
eyes to be
healed so they can see, so they can grasp spiritual understanding. For
the Christian, you do have spiritual
Your eyes have
The Holy Spirit
Christian of the infallible truth and the divine authority of the Bible. One
day you suddenly realize, and you say, “It
just dawned on me that the Bible is the Word of God.” So
the Christian has an internal testimony
that it is the Word of God which unbelievers have no way of receiving. You
can receive it because the Holy Spirit
can tell you this.
because he has no way of receiving the information.
God can identify what is his Word, not
man, as the liberal suggests.
the Christian believes the doctrine of inspiration for
If somebody were
to say, “Why
do you believe that the Bible is inspired?”
Because you are a
believer and God the Holy Spirit instructs you, you
say, “I believe it because the Bible is inspired.” The
Bible is inspired.
Because the Bible
claims to be inspired.
Why does the
Bible claim to be inspired?
Because the Bible
is inspired, so it’s true.
when you say that to an unbeliever, he immediately
laughs at you and he calls that circular reasoning.
says, “That’s ridiculous. I
ask you why you believe the Bible is
inspired and you say because the Bible says it’s inspired. And
I ask you why is it true and you say it’s
true because the Bible is inspired, and because the Bible is inspired
it says is true.
And he shakes his
and wonders why they still leave people like that running around loose.
it’s important to notice, before you get too carried
away and too overcome by that attack, it’s important to
notice that the Bible
does not say that it is not inspired, nor is the Bible silent about
It does not
reject the fact that it is
inspired, nor is it silent.
It tells you
that it is.
It makes a
Suppose the Bible
did not say it was
Suppose that the
silent on this issue or the Bible said that it was not inspired. And
you came along and said it was
The first thing
would say to you is, “You’re countering what the
Bible says. How
can you say the Bible is inspired? The
Bible doesn’t claim to be inspired. The
Bible says it isn’t inspired. He
would very readily resort to the Bible as
testifying and qualified to testify about itself. In
effect, he deals with the Bible’s claim to
inspiration as being false.
Christian is not entirely illogical because of his belief in the
He claims it on
the basis of
an internal conviction that God the Holy Spirit provides.
I realize that there is a great deal that we may say
concerning the Scripture which is external which is very impressive. We
could point out the unity that the Bible
has—a continuous message. Some
over 1500 years, many of them who never saw each other’s
writings, and yet they
never contradict each other.
that they write is continuous.
all kinds of subject matter, yet without contradiction.
is no other book in the world like the
An author can
hardly write one
book and not contradict himself within that book.
have a fulfillment of prophecy.
percent of the Bible was prophecy
when it was written.
The Bible is
with detailed kind of prophecies, one after another, naming people, two
three hundred years in the future who are going to come on the scene of
telling what they’re going to do—telling
what’s going to happen to the nation
Then, in detail,
Bible takes a look at sin.
natural inclination is that I’m going
to weigh my good things against my bad things, but the Bible takes a
different view of sin and says that man is hopelessly depraved and only
help him out.
All the religions
world come up with the idea that man can help himself.
great concepts of the Bible:
like walking out of a gloomy cave into
the sunshine outdoors.
When you think
about the monotheism of the Bible against the crude polytheism of the
You think about
of the trinity—beyond human capacity even to imagine. You
think about creation—the grotesque
accounts of pagan religions of creation and the magnificent clean-cut
definitive statement that Moses gives under inspiration.
the Bible is filled with these evidences but you want to
remember that this will not convince the man who is spiritually blind. At
the end of the 19th
the liberals rejected inspiration with a clever phrase.
said that the Bible contains the Word of
God—it is not the word of God. In
that is true but they meant that some parts of the Bible were not the
It is a deceptive
phrase so the
liberal can reject parts of the Scripture.
Then in the 20th
century, neo-orthodoxy came along with the
phrase, “The Bible is a record of God’s
What they meant
by that is that the Bible
merely records the religious experiences that people have had, but it
record statements of truth from God. In
other words, Moses was just keeping a diary about what happened to him. And
Paul was just keeping a diary about what
happened to him.
It was just
experiences, not statements of truth.
Both of these
statements are deceptive ways of rejecting the doctrine of
the options are this:
Either the bible
is a worthless fraud and Jesus was a diluted martyr, or
the Bible is in truth the written Word of God.
If the Bible
writers were wrong about the source of their message, then
why should we believe what they say about God, sin, salvation, or
what’s so ridiculous about
He rejects the
the Word of God and yet he thinks he can talk about the message of the
God as being found in the Bible and having some value.
can we believe in a Savior who says that
His Word will never pass away and it will all be fulfilled, and yet
some of it
will not be?
unbelievers today reject the Bible, the existence of God,
and the doctrine of inspiration. The
ultimate proof is this:
How are you
going to prove the doctrine of inspiration?
It comes as a
direct conviction of God the Holy Spirit. Remember
in the case of Peter.
The Lord is
asking Peter to tell him whom he
thinks the Lord is.
In Matthew 16:15,
Jesus asks Peter, “Who say ye that I am?”
In Matthew 16:16
Simon Peter answered and said, “Thou art the Christ,
the Son of the living God.” In
“Jesus answered and said unto him, ‘Blessed art
thou Simon Barjona for flesh
and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father who is in
Now you notice
that we’re not told that Peter
had a vision, that he had a revelation, that he heard voices that gave
information about the deity of Christ.
It says that
flesh and blood did not reveal this to him, but the Father
who is in heaven made this clear to him.
what did Peter experience with the Lord? He
heard the Lord’s sermons, he saw his
miracles, and one day it just dawned on him that Jesus Christ is God. Now
that’s how the inspiration of the
Scriptures comes to you and me.
accept it as we learn doctrines. It
suddenly occurs to us one day that we have in the Bible the inerrant
Sin causes the
human mind to resist
and to reject divine truth (1 Corinthians 2:14). Man
is not stupid.
just incapable of receiving the Word of
God so he’s resistant to it. He
takes the truth of God and changes it to a lie (Romans 1:18). For
this reason the fallen mind of man is the
enemy of God.
He has no
knowledge of God
and he rejects what the Word has to say.
the abnormal depraved intellect has to be remade by the
Holy Spirit through regeneration, then it can receive the Word of God. So
it would be impossible for you by logic or
argument to convince an unbeliever that the Bible is inspired. It’s
necessary for you to explain that
because we are to give an account for the faith we have within us, and
Spirit will use that.
convince people by telling these fantastic things that are true about
relative to prophecy and so on.
external proofs of the Bible merely confirm our faith.
Christian may not always be able to answer
the scholarly attacks of a critic. You
may come across someone who is very adept and very versatile in
He may bold you
You may have to
be like the blind man with
the religious leaders in Israel when he said, “All I know is
that I was blind,
and now I can see.”
You know what God
the Holy Spirit has caused to dawn upon you in relationship to the
Bible as the
Word of God.
That is the
The reality of
evidence is one
thing, but the power to perceive it is quite another.
John E. Danish, 1971
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