2009-10-25 - Witnesses
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.
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
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
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 Gods word. I suggest you continue
to explore this subject, so you are equipped to respond to those who would
attack Gods Word.
Lindsell, Harold, God's Incomparable Word, World Wide Publications,
Minneapolis, MN, 1977, p. 39.
Series to be continued.
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