Stop defending the Bible!

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Das Wort Gottes ist wie ein Löwe. Einen Löwen brauchst du nicht zu verteidigen! Du musst ihn nur freilassen, dann wird er sich selbst verteidigen!

The Word of God is like a lion. You don’t have to defend a lion. All you have to do is let the lion loose, and the lion will defend itself.

(C.H. Spurgeon)

(Episode 60: NoCo90 – Stop defending the Bible)

So, why do you believe the Bible?

A.  Jesus Christ Is the Supreme Authority

We have to remember who the supreme authority is.

Read Ephesians 1:18-21[1]; John 13:13.

We start with what Christ thinks.  He viewed Scripture as authoritative.  John 10:35:  “The Scriptures cannot be broken.”

Read Matthew 5:17-18; Luke 24:44.

B.  Jesus Affirmed the Old Testament

Jesus consistently treated Old Testament narratives as historical fact, especially on the events most vocally rejected today.

1.      Specific historical examples

a.       Creation (Matthew 19:4-5)

b.      Noah (Matthew 24:37-39)

c.       Jonah (Matthew 12:39-41)

Time forbids us from considering His affirmation of Abel, Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, Isaac and Jacob, the wilderness serpent, King David, King Solomon, Elijah, Elisha, and others.[2]

2.      Specific ethical examples

a.       Love God (Matthew 22:34-38)[3]

b.      Love your neighbor (Matthew 22:39-40)[4]

c.       Honor your father and mother (Mark 7:9-13)[5]

Jesus Christ clearly affirmed the authority of the Old Testament.

C.  He Commissioned the New Testament

Jesus pre-authenticated the New Testament during His ministry.

1.      He prepared for its writing

Read John 14:26, 15:26-27, 16:12-14.

This indicates a special superintending work of the Holy Spirit whereby the disciples would be able to remember and record without error all that Jesus had said (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, 77).

2.      He commissioned the apostles

Read Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 26:14-18.

3.      The apostles wrote God’s Word[6]

Read 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 14:37-38.

Read 2 Peter 3:2

Jesus Christ commissioned the New Testament.

We appeal to Jesus Christ for our salvation and our authority.  We trust Him as the reliable judge of truth.

But Isn’t That a Circular Argument? 

To some, it seems presumptuous to base our assertion of the Bible’s authority on the Bible.  “I’m right because I say I’m right.”  Bruce Milne says:

Here we note the difficulty of establishing a claim to ultimate authority except by reference to itself; any other authority summoned to support our final authority would itself become the ultimate authority.  (Know the Truth, 33).

Milne goes on to say:

God speaks in the words of the Bible in such a manner as to remove all doubt as to its divine origin, character and authority.  In the final analysis only God can be an adequate witness to himself.  All other testimony such as historical evidence or philosophical deduction can at best possess only secondary value (Milne, Know the Truth, 33).

Why do we believe the Bible?  Our Teacher and Lord has spoken.

The Bible is the Word of God. 

That’s why we believe the Bible.

— Don Green, Truth Community Fellowship

[1] See also Colossians 1:15-20; Hebrews 1:1-3.
[2] For scriptural citations, see John Wenham, Christ and the Bible, 17-18.
[3] Quoting Deuteronomy 6:5.
[4] Quoting Leviticus 19:18
[5] Quoting Exodus 20:12, 17.
[6] The apostles recognized each other’s writings as authoritative.  See 1 Timothy 5:18 (quoting Luke 10:7) and 2 Peter 3:16.
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