Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #221. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Corinthians 10:10. It reads, “For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from Thomas Fuller. He said, “Among the many arguments to prove the penmen of the Scripture inspired by the Spirit of God, this is not the last and least- that the penmen of Holy Writ do record their own faults and the faults of their dearest and nearest relatives. For instance hereof, how coarsely doth David speak of himself: “So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee.” And do you think that the face of St. Paul did look the more foul by being drawn with his own pencil, when he says, “I was a murderer, a persecuter, the greatest of sinners,” etc?… Moses sets down the sin and punishment of his own sister, the idolatry and superstition of Aaron his brother, and his own fault in his preposterous striking the rock.”
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 4: “What a Perfect, God-breathed Bible Involves” Part 3.
4. Scripture Writers Were Still Frail, Sinning Men
When writing something other than Scripture, they would be liable to mistakes or sin, as other men are. Moses may disobey God and smite the rock to which he is commanded to speak, and so miss Canaan (Num. 20:12). When not writing Scripture, David may seduce Bathsheba, kill Uriah, her husband, with the sword of the Ammonites (II Sam., chap 11). Peter, borne along perfectly when writing Scripture, may at other times curse and swear, deny Jesus and quit the ministry. He may, long after Pentecost, compromise sinfully and be rebuked by Paul (Gal. 2:11-14). Even the people at Corinth could see that Paul’s inspired “letters…are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible” (II Cor. 10:10).
No, it was not men inspired but words inspired, or rather, breathed out by God.
It is conclusive proof of this that we read in I Peter 1:10-12 of Old Testament prophets searching their own inspired writings trying to understand some things they could not understand, since some writings were intended for us who were to live later. God gave the words, not always the meaning, of the prophecies they wrote.
Did the prophecy of Caiaphas in John 11:49-51 proceed from his inspired heart? It did not! Did Balaam prophesy out of an enlightened and purified heart when, against his will, he blessed Israel? He did not! Inspiration gives the written message of God. The understanding of the men who wrote was imperfect. When a Moses or a Paul or a John studied the Scriptures they had written, they could have the same kind of illumination that we have when the Holy Spirit helps us understand the Scriptures. But illumination is not inspiration. It is limited, variable and never perfect. The Scriptures are inspired. The prophets who were borne along in writing the God-breathed words were, in more or less degree, illumined. It is the holy Scriptures that are perfectly breathed out by God. The men are still frail, finite, limited men.
So James Orr is wrong in his view of inspiration, particularly wrong in saying the Scriptures are simply the out-going of what was in the man. That is not so.
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!