LISTEN: How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God? Pt. 1; The Methodology of Old Testament Theology, Pt. 3 (The Study of God #11 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

This podcast is designed to give you a basic understanding of God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. J. Dwight Pentecost said, “There is no higher activity in which the mind may be engaged than the pursuit of the knowledge of God.”

Today’s passage of Scripture is Deuteronomy 3:24 which reads: “O Lord God, thou hast begun to shew thy servant thy greatness, and thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?”

Today’s words from a theologian are from Robert McAfee Brown. He said: “The Church cannot be content to live in its stained-glass house and throw stones through the picture window of modern culture.”

Our first topic for today is titled “How Do We Know the Bible Is the Word of God? (Part 1)” from the book, “Understanding Theology in 15 Minutes a Day” by Dr. Daryl Aaron.

Dr. Daryl Aaron writes:

We have seen that God’s specific or special revelation to us is the Bible. This is the primary (though not exclusive) source for what we know about God and the various subjects of theology. So it is absolutely vital that we understand what the Bible claims about itself, and the implications that follow.

Christians refer to the Bible as the Word of God, but why? One of the main reasons we know this is true is that it makes this claim for itself. Is the assertion invalid because Scripture makes it? Not necessarily. And there is a lot of supporting evidence.

There is extra-biblical (“outside the Bible”) evidence that the Bible is God’s Word. For example, prophecies recorded in Scripture happened in history. The Messiah’s birth was foretold to be in Bethlehem; the birth of Jesus fulfilled that prophecy. Isaiah mentioned the name of a Persian king, Cyrus, more than 150 years before he reigned. Daniel 11 is an amazingly detailed prophecy of a series of Greek kings who reigned between the Old and New Testament periods.

Who knows the future well enough to reveal it before it happens? Only God.

Our second topic for today is titled “The Methodology of Old Testament Theology, Part 3” from “The Moody Handbook of Theology” by Dr. Paul Enns.

First, today, we will address New Biblical Theology Method

Brevard Childs has called for a “new biblical theology” that moves beyond the historical-critical method (which exalted human reason as the ultimate authority and treated the Bible like any other book) that underlies most Old Testament theologies. He suggests the abandonment of the historical-critical method (rejecting the history of religions school) and proposes as his thesis the canon of the New Testament church. He suggests dealing with the biblical text in its final form as the normal method of doing Old Testament theology.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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