Last Thursday, I posed the question of how the Bible was put together. What would you say to that person who claims that the Bible was just a bunch of words by men, written by men, and selected by men (you can read the post HERE). What was your answer?
Well, let me share with you what I would say to that person. Many years ago, I came across a list of 5 Evidences That The Bible Is The Word of God by James Montgomery Boice. Here are the first 3 of those evidences that he stated (the rest will come next week)
1. The Teachings of Christ
Jesus consistently referred to Scripture in His ministry. He emphasized the Bible. He taught it as truth from God. He saw it as authoritative. In Luke 4, Jesus says that a fulfillment of prophecy had just taken place in their midst after He had read from the book of Isaiah (vs. 21). In other places, Jesus made these statements:
"But He answered and said, 'It is written, Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.'" (Matt. 4:4)
"For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished." (Matt. 5:18)
After His resurrection, Jesus shepherded the two men on the road to Emmaus by opening and explaining the Scriptures. Jesus obviously had a high view of the Bible. If we deny that the Bible is from God, at least the Old Testament, then we make Jesus out to be a liar and deny His deity. Boice said,
"If Jesus is who he claimed to be, and if Jesus truly taught those teachings attributed to him in the Word of God, then we can believe the Bible to be the Word of God because Jesus believed it to be the Word of God."
2. The Bible Itself
Internally, the Bible claims to be the Word of God.
"All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work." (2 Tim. 3:16-17)
"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God." (2 Peter 1:20-21)
As well, we cannot but acknowledge the unique nature of the unity of the Bible. I will say more about this next week, but read the words of Boice.
"Here is one book, comprised of 66 books, written over a period of about 1500 years by about 40 different authors. These authors were not alike; they came from different levels of society and from diverse backgrounds. Some were kings. Others were statesmen, priests, prophets, a tax collector, a physician, a tentmaker, fishermen. When asked about any particular subject, these writers would have had views as diverse as the opinions of men living today. Yet together they produced a work of marvelous unity in its doctrines, historical viewpoints, ethics, and expectations . . . Only one thing accounts for this unity. Behind the efforts of the more than 40 human authors is the one perfect, sovereign, and guiding mind of God."
Prophesy is a really huge subject to undertake and fully understand. I have read before that there were more than 20 OT predictions that were fulfilled within 24 hours during Jesus' crucifixion.
Isaiah 53; Micah 5:2; Daniel 9:25-27; Jeremiah 23:5-6; Psalm 16:8-11; these all predict the coming of Jesus. They tell us when, the place, the family conditions, how he would be received by Israel, and the events of His death, burial, and resurrection. All written hundreds of years before Jesus was born. Do you understand the mathematical laws of probability that all things turned out just as it was predicted?
Or for instance, the probability of the destruction of Tyre described in Ezekiel 26 is estimated to be about 1 in 400 million. The probability of the destruction of Babylon in Isaiah 13 is about 1 in 100 billion. But the chances that every prophecy that is stated in the Scriptures to come true would be unreal. Let's put it this way, I wouldn't play that lottery. In writing about prophesy, John MacArthur said:
"Biblical prophecy declares the events of the future with accuracy which is beyond the capability of human wisdom or anticipation. Despite astronomical odds, hundreds of biblical prophecies have come true, and they make the most objective argument for the Bible's authority."
Well, that's the first three points. I will post the next two points in my next post next week. They are even stronger, I believe.
Question: What do you think of these first three points?