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February 19, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 2


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Psalm 19:7-8

The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes;

 

Thought for Today

There has been a great deal of confusion and misinformation about the reliability of texts of the New Testament. Opponents have claimed that they were written in the second or even third century. They have claimed that we cannot trust the manner in which we received them. Others have said that the writers were making up the miracles and resurrection of Jesus. All of these claims have been debunked. Having closely examined all of these concerns, historian Dr. Clark Pinnock concludes, “There exists no document from the ancient world witnessed by so excellent a set of textual and historical testimonies, and offering so superb an array of historical data on which an intelligent decision may be made. An honest person cannot dismiss a source of this kind. Skepticism regarding the historical credentials of Christianity is based upon an irrational bias.” From a scholarly perspective the documents of the New Testament are accurate accounts of the events that took place regarding Jesus and the early Church. However, accurate is not the same as true. We will look at why we can believe they are true the rest of this week.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, I praise You preserving and protecting the accounts of Jesus life, death and resurrection so that I can know all that He did for me. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

It is fashionable in some academic circles to exercise scholarly criticism of the Bible. In so doing, scholars place themselves above the Bible and seek to correct it. If indeed the Bible is the Word of God, nothing could be more arrogant. It is God who corrects us; we don’t correct Him. We do not stand over God but under Him. ― R.C. Sproul

 

Quote of the Day

In real terms, the N. T. is easily the best attested ancient writing in terms of the sheer number of documents, the time span between events and the document, and the variety of documents available to sustain or contradict it. – Ravi Zacharias

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February 18, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is the Bible Reliable? 1


Is the Bible Reliable?

 

Matthew 4:4

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

 

Thought for Today

Many people today struggle with believing the claims of Christianity because they have been told that the Bible itself is untrustworthy. Since the beginning of the Church people have accused the followers of Jesus of playing fast and loose with the texts of Scripture. They often say they were recorded too late to be accurate, and the like. All of these challenges have been healthy for the Church, because it has forced us to be very deliberate and serious about the texts of the New Testament. This is an important conversation for us because Jesus tells us that the Word of God is as important as food to sustain us. So many people in our lives are spiritually starving and anemic because they do not know that the record of God’s words, the Bible, is trustworthy and true. This week we will strive to sharpen our ability to help them trust the Words of Life.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, guide me this week as I wrestle with Your Word. Help me to grow in confidence and my ability to help others trust its message. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

The soul can do without everything except the word of God, without which none at all of its wants are provided for. ― Martin Luther

 

Quote of the Day

If you cut[John Bunyan] he'd bleed Scripture! ― Charles H. Spurgeon

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February 15, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Explore God--Is Jesus Really God? Why?


Is Jesus Really God? Why?

Romans 6:23

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

Thought for Today

The biggest question surrounding the discussion of whether Jesus is God or not is, “Why does it matter?” Can’t Jesus just be a man specially blessed by God? And the answer is no. It matters a great deal. For God declares that the price that must be paid for our rebellion and misbehavior is death. Through the prophet Ezekiel, God declares, “The one who sins must die” (18:20). For every person who sins a human life must be given. It cannot be covered by the blood of bulls, goats, lambs or pigeons. So Jesus must be a man to pay the price of sin in the proper form. The problem if Jesus is just a man is that His perfect life and death can only pay the price for one person’s sin. Everyone else would be lost. However, if the life Jesus gave up on the cross was the life of God, it is of infinite worth. The value of God’s life would cover the sin of every person ever born. So Jesus had to be a man to pay the price for sin in the right form and He had to be God in order for the value of His sacrifice to cover everyone. If Jesus is only God He cannot pay mankind’s debt. If He is only man He cannot pay nearly enough. He must be both God and man to fulfill His mission.

 

Prayer

Holy God, I thank You for Your great wisdom that at the Fall You set the price of sin in a way that only You could pay it, and then in Jesus You did! Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

Jesus made the final sacrifice for all, and we need not make it again. — Stanley Hauerwas

 

Quote of the Day

Treasure your relationships, not your possessions. — Anthony J. D'Angelo

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