The Inspiration of the Bible
Written by Jay Yeager
Thursday, 23 November 2017 21:56

The Inspiration of the Bible

(Biblical evidence)

     The Bible boldly claims that every scripture is inspired of God. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (II Timothy 3:16). Further, that all truth necessary for man to live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world has been given to us (Titus 2:12).

     “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that will he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).

     “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (II Peter 1:3).

     “That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works” (II Timothy 3:17).

     God knew that his word would be put under a microscope (so to speak) by skeptics and unbelievers, and he welcomes the scrutiny; in fact, he wants the entire world to hear his word. “O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord” (Jeremiah 22:29). Additionally, God knew that the faithful would need evidence beyond dispute, in light of the constant attacks mounted against the Bible.

     Therefore, God provided information that no living soul knew at the time… Facts, before facts were known. Moreover, God said in essence, let me tell you what is going to happen before it happens – not by minutes, days or weeks, but years: sometimes hundreds or thousands of years before the events. Let me tell you the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).

     For the skeptics? Yes! But also for the faithful to fortify their faith. Faith is always supported by evidence. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). God in his wisdom revealed: Science, before true science. Oceanography, before man was capable of looking deep beneath the surface of the oceans. Medicine, when ignorance ruled the day. Prophecy accurate and detailed.

Let’s take a brief journey through the scriptures

1.      The seed of a woman (Genesis 3:15). Moses penned the book of Genesis some 1500 years before Christ. When did men come to understand that the seed of a woman was also necessary to produce a child? It wasn’t until the 1800’s, some three thousand years later, that man learned the truth of what Moses penned in Genesis 3:15. How did Moses know what no one knew? God revealed it to Moses!

2.      Life is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11). The first president of the United States died on December 14, 1799. The cause? He had a sore throat (possible strep) and the doctor bled him, thinking to rid him of bad blood, when in reality they bled the life out of him. Moses penned the truth thousands of years earlier, before that truth was known. How did Moses know? God told him!!!

3.      Circumcision on the eight day (Genesis 17:12). On the eighth day Vitamin K is at its highest level in a male’s life. Vitamin K, is the blood clotting agent making it the perfect time for circumcision. While that information is now known, it was certainly not known in Abraham’s day. In fact, no living person knew this information, only him that made us!

4.      Day in one place, night in another (Luke 17:34-36). The earth traveling around the Sun at 67,000 miles per hour, at the same time it is rotating on its axes at 18 miles per second. The sun goes down in one place and the sun comes up in another. There is a predictable order (Ecclesiastes 1:5).

5.      The earth is round (Isaiah 40:22). In A.D. 1492 Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, sailed toward the new lands, and many were waving their goodbyes - never expecting to see him again. They believed the earth was flat like a pancake, instead of the circle of the earth revealed by the prophet Isaiah. Just a saucer in the sky so to speak. If they did not know that in A.D.1492, how could Isaiah know that in 700 B.C. Some 2,000 years before Columbus discovered America? The answer is inspiration!

6.      The book of Job is likely the oldest book in the Bible. In Job chapter 38, Job mentions three things that were unknown by any human being at the time.

a.       There are springs in the sea (Job 38:16).

b.      Thunder and lightning are related (Job 38:25).

c.       The seven signs of the Zodiac (Job 38:31-33).

   There is no earthly way Job could have known those things! Job did not have any modern technologies, no sonar, no telescopes, Job was not a meteorologist. Yet Job did have one thing, he had God telling him this is true.

Prophecy concerning Christ that were both amazing and heart-wrenching.

1.      The first hint of a coming Saviour, the seed of a woman (Genesis 3:15).

2.      Through the seed (lineage - family) of Abraham all the nations of the earth would be blessed (Genesis 12:3; 22:18; Galatians 3:19; 16).

3.      The seed promise repeated in Isaac and Jacob (Genesis 26:4; 28:14).

4.      Jesus Christ would be more than a Saviour, he would be the King of kings (I Timothy 6:15). He would come out of the tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10; Hebrew 7:14).

5.       From the house of David (II Samuel 7:12-13; Psalms 132:11).

6.      Jesus would be born of a woman, but not just any woman (Genesis 3:15). A virgin would conceive and bring forth a Son (Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23; Galatians 4:4). He would be the only-begotten Son of God (John 1:14; 18; 3:16; 18; I John 4:9).

   Jesus did not come to earth in a flesh and blood body to rub elbows with his creation so to speak. No sir, he came to die in our stead.

  “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:5-8).

  “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man” (Hebrews 2:9).

  “Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:18-19).

   Jesus came to die in our place that we might have the hope of eternal life. “… the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God…” (I Peter 3:18).

   Prophecy concerning the death of Jesus that were accurate and heartbreaking. David a shepherd boy who became the second king of Israel, wrote a thousand years before the events on Calvary. Before crucifixion was ever practiced as a means of capital punishment:

   “For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell (Sheol); neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption” (Psalms 16:10). This passage is quoted twice in Acts chapter two, verses 27; 31. We learn that what Sheol was in the Old Testament Hades is in the New Testament.

  My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Psalms 22:1; Matthew 27:46). See Habakkuk 1:13.

   “…They pierced my hands and feet…” (Psalms 22:16; Matthew 27:35).

   “…They part my garments among them, and cast lots upon my vesture” (Psalms 22:18; Matthew 27:35).

   “Into thy hands I commit my spirit…” (Psalms 31:5; Luke 23:46).

   “He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken” (Psalms 34:20; John 19:36).

Is the Bible inspired? Absolutely!!!