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Why We Believe the Bible Is God's Word

Why We Believe the Bible Is God's Word

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Published by: Grace Church Modesto on Apr 30, 2013
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“Why We Believe the Bible Is God’s Word”(2 Timothy 3:16-17)I. Introduction.A. Orientation: So far in series, seen1. Some evidence for God’s existence.2. Also that this God is Triune.B. Preview.1. This morning, consider that Bible is His Word.a. God not only exists,b. But has revealed Himself:(i) In nature, as we’ve seen.(ii) But also in words –(iii) He has given us a book: the Bible.2. Let’s look at eight arguments that show the Bible is God’s Word:a. Because it says it is.b. Because it reveals the future.c. Because all its authors agree perfectly.d. Because it doesn’t contain any absurdities.e. Because of the miracles God did to authenticate it.f. Because it’s the only book able to transform the heart.g. Because it’s the only book that reveals the God we see in nature.h. Because God’s Spirit confirms it.II. Sermon.A. First, because it says it is.1. Out of all religious books in world,a. Why do we believe Bible is His Word?b. There’re actually several reasons.2. First, and simplest,a. Because Bible says it is.b. Is this valid argument? Yes!c. Why?(i) Because Bible is His Word,(ii) What God says is true –(iii) And He says all Scripture God-breathed.(iv) If didn’t claim to be so, wouldn’t take it so.d. Why isn’t this true of other books(i) That claim to be God’s Word? (ii) And there aren’t that many.
 
2(iii) Because they aren’t His Word,(iv) So shouldn’t believe what says.e. This is a simple argument;(i) But is valid.(ii) There are other arguments(iii) That show Bible His Word.B. Second, because it reveals the future (prophecy).1. Bible shows itself to be God’s Worda. By predicting future.b. God told prophets(i) What would take place years before,(ii) So when happened(iii) Would know God was speaking.(a) In Amos, read, “Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He revealsHis secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).(b) And Moses, “When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if thething does not come about or come true, that is the thing which theLORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; youshall not be afraid of him” (Deu. 18:22).2. Bible contains many predictionsa. That already come true by which can test.b. Here are a couple of examples –(i) Predictions made about Jesus(ii) Hundreds of years before were fulfilled,(iii) Whose fulfillment was recorded by eye-witnesses:(a) Where Jesus would be born:(1) “But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
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little to be among theclans of Judah, from you One will go forth for Me to be ruler inIsrael. His goings forth are from long ago, from the days of eternity” (Mic. 5:2).(2) “Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, toJudea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because hewas of the house and family of David, in order to register along withMary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. While theywere there, the days were completed for her to give birth. And shegave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, andlaid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in theinn” (Luke 2:4-7).(3) Micah wrote about 700 BC.(4) Even Luke recorded took place about 3 BC.(b) How would come into world:
 
3(1) “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: behold, a virginwill be with child and bear a son, and she will call His nameImmanuel” (Isa. 7:14).(2) “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His motherMary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together shewas found to be with child by the Holy Spirit. And Joseph herhusband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her,planned to send her away secretly. But when he had considered this,behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,‘Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife;for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He willsave His people from their sins.’ Now all this took place to fulfillwhat was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: ‘BEHOLD, THEVIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON,AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL,’ whichtranslated means, ‘GOD WITH US’” (Matt. 1:18-23).(3) Isaiah wrote around 700 BC.(4) This was fulfilled around 3 BC.(c) What He would do:(1) “Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble. Say to thosewith anxious heart, ‘Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God willcome
with
vengeance; the recompense of God will come, but Hewill save you.’ Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and theears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like adeer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy” (Isa. 35:3-5).(2) “Now when John, while imprisoned, heard of the works of Christ,he sent
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by his disciples and said to Him, ‘Are You theExpected One, or shall we look for someone else?’ Jesus answeredand said to them, ‘Go and report to John what you hear and see:
the
BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT and
the
lame walk,
the
lepers arecleansed and
the
deaf hear,
the
dead are raised up, and
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POORHAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM’” (Matt. 11:2-5).(3) Again, written about 700 years before the event.(d) How He would die:(1) David writes, “For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoershas encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I cancount all my bones. They look, they stare at me; they divide mygarments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots” (Ps.22:16-18).(2) And John records, “They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out,bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull,which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. There they crucified Him, andwith Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between. . .

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