How can I know you're there, God?
CAN I TRUST THE BIBLE?
I began my first post by writing about the existence of God. The Bible begins with, “In the beginning God!” (Ge 1.1) Before there was a Bible, there was God – first, God; then the Bible! Following this logical approach, I think it is reasonable that timeless Bible basics should look at the authentication of the Bible.
Do some doubt its origins, its trustworthiness, its relevance? The answer is an unequivocal, YES! I would rather answer the question with an “absolutely not”, but the fact remains that many do doubt the authenticity and the relevance of the Bible. I won’t get too theological with my comments; I will simply list valid and evincing reasons for accepting the authenticity of this amazing book. The Bible validates in the only reasonable way a Christian worldview. Although there are many natural laws at work around us every day involving scientific matters that mankind does not understand, it remains that an intelligent design outside our realm of comprehension is the only explanation for the universe. The Bible speaks in no uncertain terms that we and the universe were created by an all-wise, almighty, and sovereign God.
“..John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! ” In John 1:29, the central theme of the Bible is introduced when the Sovereign God identifies mankind as His special object of attention and affection. Endowing them with a moral consciousness and a free will, He presented them with a choice to believe Him or the lie of the serpent who represented Satan. From that time God began in the Bible to reveal His plan for redeeming mankind from his fallen condition. (Genesis 3.15)
Israel – God’s Chosen Witness
The Sovereign Lord established a covenant with Abraham and his descendants, the nation of Israel, who was to become His witness to the nations. He gave a system of laws including the Ten Commandments for their peace, well-being, health, and a system of worship and service. All of these pointed to the central figure of the Bible, The Lord Jesus Christ, who would fulfill all that the Old Testament foreshadowed concerning God’s redemptive plan. (2 Cor 5.19)
Candidness of Scripture
The candidness with which the Bible is written attests to its integrity, its authenticity, and its worthiness of belief. That is, the authors write not only of the righteous acts of mankind but also of his sinful, rebellious, and miserable failures. The Apostle Paul concludes, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom. 3.23
Another authentication of the Bible has occurred when prophecies were fulfilled, prophecies, for example, concerning the Christ (His birth, Ge 3.15; Isa 7.14; Micah 5.2) (His ministry, De 18.15; Psa 110.4), and (His suffering, Isa 53). These few and the many others that have been fulfilled authenticate the Bible. We can be certain that all prophecies concerning the future will be fulfilled just as these were.
The Apostles Paul and Peter respectively, in 2 Tim 3.16 & 2 Pe 1.21, affirm that God inspired all Scripture. These two prominent apostles who lived in the time of Christ, along with others gave testimony concerning the authenticity of the Bible.
The Historical Christ
Finally, consider that Jesus Christ Himself gave testimony considering the Words of Scripture. When praying His High Priestly prayer for His disciples, He prayed, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” (John 17.17 NKJV) In another place, He said, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” (Mt 24.35) For brevity sake, I will list just one more reference where Jesus said to the Scribes and Pharisees, “You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.” (John 5.39,40) This claim was made by Emmanuel, God with us.
As Jesus prepared His disciples, knowing that He would be returning to the Father in Heaven and leaving them behind, He said to them, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” (John 14.3) But to the unbeliever, He said, “…if you do not believe that I am He (the Christ), you will die in your sins.” (John 8.24)
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly.” John 10:10
Jesus came to reaffirm Who God is, and what His truth is. It is revealed in the Bible, and there are many reasons why we should accept its authenticity. God has provided, protected, and preserved the Bible, and He will continue to do so. Its principles can guide us to peace, health, and happiness, because they will point us to “God Who was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.” (2 Cor 5.19)
We must search the Scriptures, for in them we can have eternal life. Read the Bible, believe it, embrace it, live by it. You can trust it now and for eternity! There is no other book like the Bible.
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