Posted by: missionventureministries | January 19, 2017

PROOF THAT THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD – 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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There are numerous evidences that the Bible is inspired by God. In 2 Timothy 3:16-17 read that: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  

Therefore, as believers we know that every word of Scripture has proceeded from the mouth of God! 

Theologians speak of inspiration as the mysterious process by which God worked through the authors of Scripture to produce inerrant and divinely authoritative writings. Inspiration is a mystery because Scripture doesn’t explain specifically how it occurred. The only glimpse we have is from 2 Peter 1:19-21: “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; 20 knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, 21 for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”  

Scripture didn’t originate on the human level but with the Holy Spirit, who “moved” upon the authors to write it (v. 21). It is just like the effects of wind upon a ship as it blows against its sails and moves it through the water. Similarly, the Spirit moved on the Biblical writers to produce the Word of God in writing to men. The human authors of Scripture knew they were writing God’s Word, and they did so with confidence and authority.  

On a personal level, inspiration guarantees that what Scripture says is what God wants to convey to His people. It’s His counsel to us; so we can study and obey it with full assurance that it is the absolute truth and will never lead us astray. 

  • God spoke to men telling them of things He would bring about in the future. The Bible is the only book in the world that has accurate prophecy. Some of them have already been fulfilled and others have not. There are over 300 precise prophecies that deal with the Lord Jesus Christ in the Old Testament that have been fulfilled in the New Testament.  

There is no doubt that these are prophecies from God because these manuscripts and scrolls are dated before the birth of Christ. These were not written after the fact, they were written beforehand. Scientific dating proves this. To say that these are fulfilled by chance is an astronomical impossibility. 

  • The Bible presents its heroes truthfully with all of their faults and weaknesses. It does not glorify men as other religions do about their heroes. When you read the Bible, you realize that the people it describes have problems and do wrong just as we do. What made them great was that they trusted in God. One example is David. David is described as “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Yet, David committed adultery (2 Samuel 11:1-5) and murder (2 Samuel 11:14-26). This could have been left out of Scripture to hide these details of David’s life. But God included these things. 
  • Archaeological findings support the history recorded in Scripture. Though many unbelieving people throughout history have tried to find archaeological evidence to disprove what is recorded in the Bible, they have failed. It is easy to say that Scripture is untrue, but proving it to be untrue is a different story and it has never happened. In fact, in the past the Bible contradicted the current “scientific” theories, only to be proven later to be in fact true. A good example is Isaiah 40:22, which declared that God “sits on the circle of the earth”. Isaiah didn’t know the topography of the earth, but Isaiah said, “It is God that sits upon the circle of the earth.” The word for “circle” here means a globe or sphere. How did Isaiah know that God sat upon the circle of the earth? ….By divine inspiration.  

It was not too long ago that scientists claimed the earth was flat and the Bible proves them wrong since Isaiah wrote this between 740 BC and circa to 686 BC. And as we will see next, Job lived at least 1500 years BC. 

The Truth of the Word of God tells us that God “hung the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7). How did Job know that the earth hung in space before the age of modern astronomy and space travel? The Holy Spirit told him.  

  • The Bible is affirmed through historical accuracy. Do you remember the story about the handwriting on the wall that is found in the fifth chapter of Daniel? Belshazzar hosted a feast with a thousand of his lords and ladies. Suddenly, an alarming hand of judgment appeared out of nowhere and began to write on a wall. The king became very disturbed and asked for someone to interpret the writing. Daniel was found and gave the interpretation. After the interpretation Belshazzar commanded, and they clothed Daniel with scarlet, and put a chain of gold about his neck, and made a proclamation concerning him, that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom. (Daniel 5:29) 

Basing their opinion on Babylonian records, the historians claim this never happened. According to the records, the last king of Babylon was not Belshazzar, but a man named Nabonidas. And so, they said, the Bible is in error. There wasn’t a record of a king named Belshazzar. Well, the spades of archeologists continued to do their work. In 1853, an inscription was found on a cornerstone of a temple built by Nabonidas, to the god Ur, which read: “May I, Nabonidas, king of Babylon, not sin against thee. And may reverence for thee dwell in the heart of Belshazzar, my first-born favorite son.” From other inscriptions, it was learned that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents. Nabonidas traveled while Belshazzar stayed home to run the kingdom. Now that we know that Belshazzar and Nabonidas were co-regents, it makes sense that Belshazzar would say that Daniel would be the third ruler. What a marvelous nugget of truth tucked away in the Word of God! 

  • The Bible was written by approximately 40 human authors over a period of approximately 1,600 years. These men were quite diverse. Moses, a political and civic leader; Joshua, a military leader; David, a shepherd; Solomon, a king; Amos, a herdsman and fruit picker; Daniel, a prime minister; Matthew, a tax collector; Luke, a medical doctor; Paul, a rabbi; and Peter, a fisherman; among others. The Bible was also written under a variety of circumstances. It was written in 13 different countries and on three different continents. It was written in at least three different languages by people in all professions. The Bible does not contradict itself theologically, morally, ethically, doctrinally, scientifically, historically, or in any other way. 
  • There are plenty of references in non-biblical sources to the events described in the Bible. The Jewish historian Josephus, born in 37 AD, provides indispensable background material for the student of…New Testament history. In them, we meet many figures well known to us from the New Testament. Some of his writings provide direct commentary on New Testament references. 
  • The Bible’s claims of being inspired by God come from the testimonies of some very reliable witnesses – particularly of Jesus, but also of others such as Moses, Joshua, David, Daniel, and Nehemiah in the Old Testament, and John and Paul in the New Testament – who affirm the authority and verbal inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. Consider the following passages: Exodus 14:1; 20:1; Leviticus 4:1; Numbers 4:1; Deuteronomy 4:2; 32:48; Isaiah 1:10, 24; Jeremiah 1:11; Jeremiah 11:1–3; Ezekiel 1:3; 1 Corinthians 14:37; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:16–21; 1 John 4:6. 

Finally, the Bible is not a book of the month, but the Book of the ages. First Peter 1:25 says: “But the word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the Word which by the gospel is preached unto you.” No book has ever had as much opposition as the Bible. Men have laughed at it, scorned it, burned it, ridiculed it, and made laws against it. But the Word of God has survived. And it is applicable today as much as it was yesterday and will be tomorrow. 

The Bible’s power to transform people and nations is greatly documented. Wherever the word of God has spread, it has brought life, health and vitality. Millions of people’s hearts and lives have changed when they heard and read God’s word and when their hearts were open to God.

And always remember that the word of the Lord is upright, and all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the loving kindness of the Lord. By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His mouth all their host. (Psalm 33:4-6)

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