Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #211. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is Matthew 4:4. It reads, “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John MacArthur. He said, “In the end result, that which was written [in the Bible] was fully the words of the human authors in their language and style and from their personal perspectives, but it was under the direct superintendence of God by his Spirit producing on the page the very words of God.… As those godly men were carried along by the Holy Spirit, He superintended their words and used them to produce the Scriptures. As a sailing ship is carried along by the wind to reach its final destination, so the human authors of Scripture were moved by the Spirit of God to communicate exactly what He desired. In that process, the Spirit filled their minds, souls, and hearts with divine truth— mingling it sovereignly and supernaturally with their unique styles, vocabularies, and experiences, and guiding them to produce a perfect, inerrant result.”
Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 4.
2. “Every Word” of Scripture “Proceedeth Out of the Mouth of God”
The same meaning is in the statement of Jesus in Matthew 4:4: “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Here Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3 and the same quotation is recorded also in Luke 4:4. So, the Old Testament statement is reinforced by the Lord Jesus who quotes it as authority. Whence came the Scriptures? Every word of them “proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Here the Spirit of God leaps over the details of any human element in the Scriptures, goes beyond the pen and the penman, and any part he may have had in writing the Scriptures, to the original source. The words of the Bible came from the mouth of God. Of course, that means the original autographs.
3. Bible Writers Wrote “As They Were Moved by the Holy Ghost”
Second Peter 1:16-21 makes a very strong assertion about the writings of the prophets:
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 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: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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.
Here Peter uses two arguments to show that the Scriptures he has believed and preached are not cunningly devised fables. His teaching about the power and the coming of Christ can be trusted; first, for the lesser reason that Peter and the other apostles “were eyewitnesses of his majesty” on the Mount of Transfiguration. They saw Jesus transfigured with a face like the sun and His garments as white as the light; they heard the voice of God attesting, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” That eyewitness account of the deity of Christ and thus of the authenticity of the Scriptures about Him, is good, but there is a better evidence than that! It is the evidence of the Scriptures themselves.
So Peter was inspired to write, “We have also a more sure word of prophecy….” That is, prophecy written down in the Bible is far more sure than the testimony of any eyewitness not inspired. Peter knew the Lord Jesus, saw His miracles, saw Him transfigured, heard the voice of God from Heaven approving Him. But the witness of Peter would be the witness of a frail man who might have misunderstood some of the implications or might have failed in some detail of memory or observation. Not so the Scriptures. They are “a more sure word of prophecy,” he said. And why is that? Because “…no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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.”
We do not here deal with the distinction between revelation and inspiration. What was revealed was written down, and there is good evidence, as Warfield shows and as we will mention later, that here the whole plan of the inspiration of the Bible is involved when God here says “prophecy.” The Scripture then came “not…by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.”
This Scripture is saying that the evidence of the Scriptures themselves is more sure than any human testimony, even of the specially fitted and specially favored eyewitnesses who were closest to Jesus and understood Him best. The eyewitness accounts of any man are subject to the limitations of the man’s knowledge, memory, understanding and use of language. But God Himself has no such limitations when He moves men to write down words of divine prophecy. This is a clear claim to the inspiration of the Scriptures.
“…holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” The word translated “moved” here is phero, “to bear, carry.” So actually we must read that in writing the Scriptures “holy men of God were carried along by the Holy Ghost.” So the writers were consciously, willingly carried along as God gave the words they were to write. The Scripture is the result of God’s action in carrying along men who wrote what He gave them to write. God did not simply follow prophets to correct any mistakes or to intervene if necessary; He carried the prophet along. God was the active source of all Scripture. God gave; men received.
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!