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HOW DO I KNOW THAT I CAN TRUST THE BIBLE TO BE THE WORD OF GOD? IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF IT’S TRUTH?

25 Jul

                       “WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES ABOUT THE NATURE OF DIVINE REVELATION”
 
 
 

Intro.

 
1. God has revealed His mind to mankind, Heb. 1:1-2.
 
a. Revelation: “laying bear, making naked…a disclosure of truth, instruction…concerning things before unknown” (Thayer), Rev. 1:1.
 
b. Making known of those things we could not know without God telling them to us, cf. Eph. 3:3 (make known the mystery).
 
2. Revelation is necessary to know the mind of God, 1 Cor. 2:7-12.
 
3. The nature of God’s revelation assures us that our faith in it as the word of God is sound, 1 Ths. 2:13.
 
 
 
I. THE NATURE OF GOD’S REVELATION.
 
A. God’s Revealed Word is Truth, Jno. 17:17 (18:38; 14:6); 16:13.
 
1. Power to sanctify the sinner; “to separate from profane things and dedicate to God” (Thayer).
 
a. Not “cunningly devised fables”, 2 Pet. 1:16.
 
b. Not the wisdom/will of men, Gal. 1:11-12.
 
2. The word of the truth of the gospel teaches heaven’s hope, Col. 1:5.
 
B. God’s Revealed Word is Verbally Inspired, 2 Pet. 1:20-21.
 
1. Holy Spirit gave the apostles words to speak, Matt. 10:16-20.
 
2. Scripture given by inspiration, 2 Tim. 3:16. (God-breathed)
 
a. “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God” (nkjv): “In this form there is a definite assertion of inspiration” (A. T. Robertson). Or…
 
b. “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable” (asv): “…making ‘inspired of God’ descriptive of “every scripture” (Ibid).
 
3. HS combined spiritual things with spiritual words, 1 Cor. 2:12-13.
 
C. God’s Revealed Word has been Miraculously Confirmed, 1 Cor. 2:4-5; Heb. 2:3-4 (Mk. 16:17-20).
 
1. Validated, certified as genuine, Gal. 1:11-12.
 
2. Example of this confirmation, Acts 14:3.
 
3. Assures that our faith is in truth from God, not fables from men.
 
D. God’s Revealed Word is Adequate, 2 Tim. 3:16-17.
 
1. Sufficient, fully meeting our needs, 2 Pet. 1:3-4.
 
2. All truth, Jno. 16:13-15.
 
E. God’s Revealed Word is Incorruptible, Matt. 24:35.
 
1. Always reliable and relevant, 1 Pet. 1:22-25.
 
2. The truth abides with us forever, 2 Jno. 2.
 
3. Sinners fall away from truth, but truth continues, 1 Tim. 4:1.
 
F. God’s Revealed Word is Once for all Delivered, Jude 3.
 
1. hapax: “once for all”, cf. Heb. 7:27; 10:10.
 
2. That which is perfect has come, 1 Cor. 13:8-10.
 
3. Completely revealed, competently confirmed as valid and communicated by inspiration, Jas. 1:25.
 
4. No new, ongoing, yet undiscovered revelation!
 
G. God’s Revealed Word is Authoritative.
 
1. The apostolic teaching is heaven’s authority, Jno. 13:20 (Matt. 18:18).
 
2. Scripture has binding authority, Jno. 10:35.
 
3. The apostles’ teaching must not to be minimized, 1 Cor. 14:37 (7:40, have the Spirit of God).
 
H. God’s Revealed Word is Understandable.
 
1. It is God’s communication to His creatures! Eph. 3:3-4
 
2. Christ expects us to know it and abide in it, Jno. 8:31-32.
 
3. Full assurance of understanding…knowledge…in Christ are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, Col. 2:1-3.
 
 
 
II. OUR FAITH IS SECURE BECAUSE IT IS BUILT UPON GOD’S REVELATION, Rom. 10:17; 1 Ths. 2:13.
 
A. God’s Revealed Word is Powerful to Accomplish the Purposes of God, Heb. 4:12.
 
1. Power to convict of sin, Jno. 16:8; Acts 2:37.
 
2. Power to convert the heart, Rom. 6:17-18.
 
3. Power to save the soul, Rom. 1:16.
 
 
 

Conclusion

 
1. God’s revelation of truth restrains us from sin, Prov. 29:18.
 
2. God’s revelation strengthens (establishes) us in our obedience to the faith, Rom. 16:25-26.
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Posted by on July 25, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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One response to “HOW DO I KNOW THAT I CAN TRUST THE BIBLE TO BE THE WORD OF GOD? IS THERE ANY EVIDENCE OF IT’S TRUTH?

  1. evanlaar1922

    July 25, 2012 at 1:57 am

    love the detail of your work, as always, but how can you prove the Bible speaks the truth by quoting it? Big miss on this one – I think 🙂 Really could have used something that measures truth and by measuring it we could find that we can trust it.

     

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