Proofs of Inspiration

The Proofs of Inspiration

A. The Character of God

1. We have already seen that he is a personal, almighty, holy, and loving God

2. We would expect him to have a loving concern for his creatures and come to their aid.

3. This is evident from his provision for man’s material and temporal needs.

4. Man also has spiritual and eternal needs- a sin problem

5. God uses redeemed, but fallible men

6. But we, saved though sinful men, need an infallible Word to declare.

2 Corinthians 5:18 KJV 1900

And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;

2 Corinthians 5:19 KJV 1900

To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.

B. The Character and Claims of the Bible

1. It sets up the highest ethical standards

a. enjoins the most absolute obedience

b. denounces every form of sin

c.  informs the sinner how he can become right with God.

2. It has remarkable unity

a. It has one doctrinal viewpoint

b. one moral standard

c. one plan of salvation

d. one program of the ages

e. one world-view

3. It claims to be the Word of God.

a. More than 3,800 times the Old Testament writers use the terms, “thus says the Lord,” “the word of the Lord came to” such and such a person, “the Lord said,” or some such equivalent.

b. The New Testament writers use such expressions as, “declaring to you the whole purpose of God,” “in words … taught by the Spirit,” “what it really is, the word of God,” and “the Lord’s commandment.”

c. Various writers claim absolute perfection and authority for the law and the testimony

Deuteronomy 27:26 KJV 1900

Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law to do them. And all the people shall say, Amen.

2 Kings 17:13 KJV 1900

Yet the Lord testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

Psalm 19:7 KJV 1900

The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul:

The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.

Psalm 33:4 KJV 1900

For the word of the Lord is right;

And all his works are done in truth.

Psalm 119:89 KJV 1900

LAMED.

For ever, O Lord,

Thy word is settled in heaven.

Isaiah 8:20 KJV 1900

To the law and to the testimony:

If they speak not according to this word,

It is because there is no light in them.

Galatians 3:10 KJV 1900

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

d. One book recognizes another book as speaking with absolute finality

 

Joshua 1:7 KJV 1900

Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.

Ezra 3:2 KJV 1900

Then stood up Jeshua the son of Jozadak, and his brethren the priests, and Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and his brethren, and builded the altar of the God of Israel, to offer burnt offerings thereon, as it is written in the law of Moses the man of God.

Nehemiah 8:1 KJV 1900

And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel.

e. Peter puts the Epistles of Paul on a par with “the rest of Scripture”

2 Peter 3:15 KJV 1900

And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

2 Peter 3:16 KJV 1900

As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

f. Paul declares the whole Old Testament to be inspired

2 Timothy 3:16 KJV 1900

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

4. The Lord’s view of inspiration

a. “Scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35)

b. He believed in the verbal inspiration of the law. “Law” in this setting no doubt included the entire Old Testament.

c. Further, Jesus made some significant predictions concerning the preservation and interpretation of the facts that are connected with him and his mission.

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