1997-07-19 - Proof of the Inspiration of the Entire Bible
The Comprehensive Series, Part 5
In the past 5 devotional teachings I wrote, I have referred to the Scriptures assuming them to be accurate and correct in every respect. Now proof will be presented that the unanimous claim of all the Bible writers is true.
The Restraint under which the Bible Writers Wrote
Take for instance the first verse of the Bible " In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." The thought expressed has caused scientists, theologians and philosophers to search out in vain, the methods and means that God used to create the universe. Men always give detailed accounts of their accomplishments so others may appreciate them more - not so with Biblical writers. God states simply and clearly His achievements. The second verse of the Bible is written by one who was divinely restrained. "But the earth became a desolation and a waste" (literal translation). Some scientists have endeavored to find out how the earth, which was made perfect according to Deuteronomy 32:4 -- The Rock, his work is perfect; For all His ways are justice: A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, Just and right is he. -- became a desolation and a waste. The Biblical writers just record bare facts in a way as no inspired authors have written.
The Accuracy of the Scriptural Account
The Bible brings an accurate and truthful account of all that they narrarate. There has never been any evidence unearthed that throws any discredit on any Biblical account. Whenever the Scriptures are allowed to give their message without any distortion, or forcing upon language a meaning contrary to the data, they will be found to agree perfectly with known and established facts. Luke wrote a profound statement of the accuracy of Scripture. Luke 1:1-4 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to draw up a narrative concerning those matters which have been fulfilled among us, even as they delivered them unto us, who from the beginning were eyewitnesses and ministers of the word, it seemed good to me also, having traced the course of all things accurately from the first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus; that thou mightest know the certainty concerning the things wherein thou wast instructed.
The Biblical Characters are True to Life
Secular writers, myself included, tend to idolize their heroes, while they present their lesser characters as villains or worse. When I wrote Goodbye My Friend my original transcripts contained way too much of this and unfortunately delayed my completion of the manuscript for months until they could be satisfactorily edited. This is not so in the Scriptures; they set forth the failures, shortcomings and sins of the great men of God with the same candor and frankness as they do the enemies of God. The Spirit of truth presents all things and people in their true light.
The Bible's Universal Message to All
The Bible message when it is embraced, lifts anyone regardless of race or location from sin to the high level of righteousness. The Biblical authors were lifted above the evils of prejudice, and made God's promises available to all.
The Scriptural Presentation of Matters Concerning the Universe, Man and Sin
The writers of the Bible presented the correct idea concerning God, the universe, man, his nature, history, outlook into the future and the life beyond this one. God is revealed as the Creator, Preserver and Controller of the universe - the One in whom all men live and move and have their continual being. He also provides all of man's necessities. The writers also described man's case accurately. Their writings allow man to look into how he really is. No man can be honest with himself and at the same time deny that the feelings and the emotions of his innermost being are other than those set forth in the Bible. They have presented man in his fallen condition, in need of the saving grace of God. They have traced all the evil in the world to Satan and the corrupt nature of the human heart. The Biblical writers had the correct estimate of sin and the results in the lives of men.
Matthew 15:19-20 For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings: these are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not the man.
Correctness and Accuracy of the Scriptures Revealed Through the Prophetic Outline Presented in the Bible
The prophets were spokesmen for God and told of matters past, present and future. A careful study of Leviticus, chapter 26, shows that Moses outlined the checkered history of Israel from his day forward to the time when God's Chosen people will come back into fellowship with Him. Events have turned out exactly as Moses foretold 3500 years ago. The prophet Daniel in chapters 2 and 7 foretold of 4 world empires which would be succeeded by a 5th one --the Kingdom of Messiah. There have been only 4, and these men were able to forecast the future simply by the Spirit of God and no other means.
The Writings of Many Men under Various Circumstances Through Many Centuries
The 66 books of the Bible are unified in plan and purpose. The writers were different in temperament and intellect and lived in different places under varying conditions. It is impossible to gather so many men apart from the Biblical writers under so many different circumstances, and over such a length of time, and find them all speaking one and the same message.
The Scriptures Satisfy a Longing Heart
Millions upon Millions of People Testify both now and past that the longing of their souls was only satisfied by the message of salvation presented in the Scriptures. The Lord Jesus alone can satisfy the yearnings of the human heart. The message not only satisfies now but prepares us for eternity.
The Inexhaustibleness of the Word of God
The Bible is an inexhaustible source of wisdom and knowledge in every field. Some of the greatest minds in the past have tried to dig out those truths from the Bible,and the more they studied, the more profound the Bible became to them. This is my conclusion also, through many years of study. At the end of their very studious lives they have confessed they had only touched the surface of knowledge contained in the Scriptures.
In His Service,