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Sunday, March 30, 2008

Proof that the Bible is the Inspired Word of God

A Lesson I Taught From the book, ‘Signature of God’ by Grant Jeffrey

Believers aren’t all the same. And their faith isn’t all the same. Some believers have no problem believing that everything in the Bible is there because God wanted it there, and in exactly the way it’s stated. (I’m one of those.)

Some might say we are the ones Jesus was talking about when He talked about faith like a child’s.

Some believers believe in God and in Jesus, but they want to examine matters for themselves. They want proof, even though they believe (if that makes sense.)

We call these people engineers.

The author calls his book ‘The Signature of God’ because he believes that God would authenticate His own true revelation by writing His signature on the pages of His scripture and that this signature of God would consist of evidence, knowledge and phenomena in the text of the Bible that no unaided human could possibly have written. So He wanted to prove to people that it is His Word.

One of the proofs is fulfilled prophecy and we’ll talk a little about that. We’ll also talk about some of the prophecy that is still in the future – but there are enough things in place that we can see we’re on the path to their fulfillment.

We’re not going to talk about things you’ve heard over and over: how some parts of the Bible were written and circulated while eye witnesses to Jesus’ ministry, death and resurrection were still living, who could have disputed it, if it were wrong, but didn’t.

We’re not going to talk about changed lives in the people who read it with the Holy Spirit. We’re going to talk about the kind of proof that the engineer, scientist and scholar will “get” and be “utterly amazed!”

The primary purpose of the Bible is to reveal God’s plan of salvation. But, when the Bible talks about history, archeology, nature and science, it reveals advanced knowledge that is true, verifiable and was totally unknown about when it was written. We’ll talk about some of those. There are also mathematical designs and codes in the Bible that computers have recently found, which we won’t have time for in this lesson. And we’re not going to get into the fact that the Bible was written by 44 men over 16 centuries, but still the complete text of the Bible reveals a coherent unity and progressive revelation from Genesis to Revelation that develops God’s plan of redemption for mankind.

The Old Testament points to the coming of the Messiah king to redeem His people and the New Testament shows the fulfillment of these divine prophecies in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah.

For me it’s enough to read 2 Timothy 3:16, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” And we should know that the Greek word for inspired is breathed. So God breathed this. It indicates His direct supervision of the writing by the Biblical writers.

Just so you know it’s out there: there is a lot of archeological proof; ancient copies of scriptures that when compared to copies thousands of years newer, were the same. Scientific findings. But, the book is long and I don’t want to tell you everything that’s in it. I would recommend you do get a copy of the book for yourself. Over the next several posts I’ll share the parts that especially fascinated me.


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