Twelve Reasons Why the Bible is the Word of God
by The Carl McIntire
The Bible Is the Word of God
BY CARL McINTIRE
In the twentieth century especially Satan, in his hatred of God and His Word, has made an attack upon the trustworthiness and the authority of this Book from within the church, in the name of modem scholarship, higher criticism, liberalism, neo-orthodoxy and new evangelicalism.
The first ordination question which I as a minister answered in the affirmative, and which -is required of a Bible Presbyterian minister, is, "Do you believe the Old and the New Testaments to be the Word of God, the only infallible rule of faith and practice?"
The pre-eminent reason, however, which stands above every other possible consideration, as to why we believe the Bible is the Word of God, has been beautifully summarized in the first chapter of the Westminster Confession of Faith, as follows:
"The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God, (who is truth itself,) the author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God."
In accord therefore with these we list twelve reasons:
1. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because it specifically declares itself to be all inspired by God.
2 Timothy 3:15-17: "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
2. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because the apostles declared it to be the work of the Holy Spirit, the Third Person of the Holy Trinity.
2 Peter 1:19, 21: "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: . . . For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost."
1 Timothy 4:1, 6: "Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils. . . . If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained."
3. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, declared that it is trustworthy as it testified of Him.
John 5:38, 39, 46, 47: "And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, hint ye believe not. Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. . . . For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?"
Matthew 24:35: "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."
4. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because God speaks directly in the Scriptures. Such words as, "The word of the Lord ... .. God spake," "Thus saith the Lord," and similar statements occur more than 2,500 times. If it is not the Word of God, it is the greatest fraud of all history.
Genesis 1 :3: "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light."
Exodus 3:7: "And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people . . ."
Leviticus 1:1 : "And the Lord called unto Moses, and spoke unto him . . ."
Numbers 1:1: "And the Lord spake unto Moses in the wilderness . . ."
Deuteronomy 1:6: "The Lord our God spoke unto us in Horeb, saying,. . ."
Joshua 1:1: "The Lord spake unto Joshua the son of Nut, Moses' minister, saying, . . ."
5. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because of specifically fulfilled prophecies spanning centuries.
Matthew 1:22, 23: "Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us."
The reference to the virgin birth is in Isaiah 7:14, spoken 750 years before,
"Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, . . ."
6. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because the most specific details in the birth, life, ministry, death, resurrection, ascension, and second coming of Jesus Christ were all presented centuries before He ever arrived on earth.
Luke 24:44, 45, 46: "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures, and said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behovefd Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day."
John 14:29: "And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe."
7. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because the prophets testify that they spoke at His command and in His name.
Jeremiah 1: 7,9: "But the Lord said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. . . . Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."
2 Samuel 23:1, 2: "Now these be the last words of David. . . . the sweet psalmist of Israel, said, The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and his word was in my tongue."
8. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because its inspiration extended even to the precise word used and chosen to convey God's message to man.
Galatians 3:15, 16: "Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."
Matthew S:18: "Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise Pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."
9. THE B1BLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because the apostles recognized that they were indeed the media for the communication of this divine Word.
I Thessalonians 2:13: "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe."
2 Peter 1:16: "For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, hut were eyewitnesses of his majesty."
10. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because of the heavenliness of its subject matter as it reveals to us God Himself-the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit-His being, attributes, decrees, and plan.
Romans 11:33-36. "0 the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to 'whom be glory for ever. Amen."
11. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because it alone presents the one and only way of salvation for lost sinners.
John 14:10: "The words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father, that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works."
John 3:16: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
John 20:31: "But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name."
12. THE BIBLE IS THE WORD OF GOD because God forbids anyone to add to it or to take from it. The Almighty God Who cannot lie has sealed the volume.
Proverbs 30:5, 6: "Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar."
Revelation 22:18, 19: "For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."
This is the Book, "the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God" Eph. 6:17). We must use -it in our battle with Satan as our Lord used it in the mount of temptation. It is our standard of righteousness in our dealings with others and society. It is our only effective weapon in the battle with the godless Communist conspiracy. Here God must deliver us.
There is no attack made upon the Scriptures which cannot be answered, no alleged contradiction which cannot be explained. The spade of the archaeologist alone, in the twentieth century, has exploded many of the theories and the "all critics agree" philosophy.
The latest and most effective attack ever made by Satan on God's Word is seen in the "new translations" as represented in the Revised Standard Version (RSV) "authorized and copyrighted" by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A., and by The New English Bible. These so-called translations introduce contradictions remove words and passages, and take unjustified liberties in translating. As a ,result the authority and inerrancy of the Scriptures is destroyed "within the Scripture itself." The reader is the victim of the bias and slant of the "modernist" scholars who do not believe the Book to be the Word of God. The cherished King James Version thus still remains the best and most acceptable translation the Englishspeaking world possesses. The infallibility of the Scriptures extends to the original "autographs" in the Hebrew and Aramaic, for the Old Testament; and the Greek, for the New Testament. All translations into whatever language are known as "versions." So careful has been the transmission of -the Scriptures through the centuries by those who believed it to be the very Word of God that we have indeed today a record preserved in God's providence which we can trust.
(Dr. McIntire's booklet, The New Bible-Revised Standard Version - Why Christians should Not Accept It, and The New English Bible - New Testament - What Modernism and Ecumenism Do to the Word of God, may be had for 10 cents each, by addressing the 20th Century Reformation Center, Collingswood, N. J.)
"The infallible rule of interpretation of Scripture is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any Scripture, (which is not manifold, but one,) it may be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly."
"The Supreme judge, by whom all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in the Scripture."
The above quotations are Sections IX and X of Chapter I, of the Westminster Confession of Faith. But Section V is our conclusion:
"We may be moved and induced by -the testimony of the Church to an high and reverent esteem of the Holy Scripture; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, (which is to give. all glory to God,) the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the Word of God; yet, notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts."
Jesus Christ said, "Thy word is truth" (John 17:17).
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