[CF Devotionals] 2009-10-25 - Witnesses

Part 2

  1. The Apostles: As with Jesus, the Apostles give consistent testimony to the reliability of the Scriptures. Consider Paul. In addition to 2 Timothy 3:16, he states in Romans 15:4,
    “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures, we might have hope.”

    Peters states,

    “For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
    “The writers were men of God. They did this as they were moved by the Spirit. They did not speak if they were not so moved. In other words, no part of Scripture came from the lops or the pens of men in or of themselves. It came only when they were moved by the Spirit. This separates the Word of God written from all other words penned by men which do not participate or share in this divine process.” 1

  2. Fulfilled Prophecy: This is the last internal evidence we will consider as we wrap up this study. These examples are numerous. There is a significant amount of literature on the subject. Whole books have been written on Old Testament prophecy fulfilled in the New.

    The majority of prophecies we usually consider are those related to the first coming of the Lord. Those that are yet to be fulfilled relate to His Second Coming, the restoration of Israel, His sitting on the throne of His “father” David and the establishment of the Millennial Kingdom in Jerusalem. As to fulfilled prophecy, here are some examples.

    “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15).

    This of course is a direct reference to the work of the Messiah, in bringing defeat to Satan.

    “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times” (Micah 5:2).

    This was fulfilled with the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

And, so, I hope we have at least have had a glimpse of how we have received our Bible and why we can rely on it as God’s word. I suggest you continue to explore this subject, so you are equipped to respond to those who would attack God’s Word.

  1. Lindsell, Harold, God's Incomparable Word, World Wide Publications, Minneapolis, MN, 1977, p. 39.

Series to be continued.

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Geoff

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