Keep your eyes on the long-term, not the short-term.
|in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving . . . —2 Corinthians 4:4|
. . . you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, . . . —Ephesians 2:2
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone . . . —Revelation 20:10
giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in Light. For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son . . . —Colossians 1:12-13
Give thanks to the God of gods,
For His loving kindness is everlasting. —Psalm 136:2
I have quoted 2 Timothy 3:16 to persons in a denomination that believes the Bible “contains” the Word of God but do not believe all of the Bible is inspired by God. They respond to 2 Timothy 3:16 by asking, “What is scripture?” What can I say to these people in defense of my faith?
The New Testament uses the word “scripture” over 50 times and always refers to some part of the Bible. As examples:
- Luke 24:45 and John 10:35 reference the entire Old Testament as scripture.
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures (Luke 24:45)
If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken) (John 10:35)
- Luke 4:21 refers to a particular Old Testament verse.
And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.”
- 1 Timothy 5:18 refers to a specific New Testament verse.
For the Scripture says, “YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING,” and “The laborer is worthy of his wages.”
- 2 Peter 3:16 refers to everything Paul wrote in the Bible as scripture.
as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.
- In 1 Timothy 5:18 and 2 Peter 3:16 (quoted above), Paul combined an Old and a New Testament reference and called them both scripture.
- Paul taught inerrancy (65 AD).
- Augustine (354-430) taught inerrancy.
- Aquinas (1224-1274) taught inerrancy.
Jesus said “It is written” when referring to Scripture to make a point.
- He acknowledged that Adam and Eve were created by God.
Some Pharisees came to Jesus, testing Him and asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for any reason at all?” And He answered and said, “Have you not read that He who created them from the beginning MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE, and said, ‘FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER AND BE JOINED TO HIS WIFE, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH‘? —Matthew 19:3-5
But from the beginning of creation, God MADE THEM MALE AND FEMALE. FOR THIS REASON A MAN SHALL LEAVE HIS FATHER AND MOTHER, AND THE TWO SHALL BECOME ONE FLESH; so they are no longer two, but one flesh. —Mark 10:6-8
- He verified the flood of Noah.
For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. —Matthew 24:38-39
- He verified the destruction of Sodom.
Truly I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city. —Matthew 10:15
See also Luke 17:28-29.
- He verified Jonah and the big fish.
for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. —Matthew 12:40
- Jesus also confirmed the historicity of:
Isaiah – This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet —Matthew 12:17
Elijah – And He answered and said, “Elijah is coming and will restore all things; but I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands.” —Matthew 17:11-12
Daniel – “Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place . . . —Matthew 24:15
Zechariah – so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. —Matthew 23:35
David – If David then calls Him “Lord,” how is He his son? —Matthew 22:45
Moses – And Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one; but go, show yourself to the priest and present the offering that Moses commanded, as a testimony to them.” —Matthew 8:4
See also John 5:46.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – I say to you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven —Matthew 8:11
See also John 8:39.
The Bible is inerrant. It tells the truth without error in all parts and all words. Otherwise, how could Jesus say man lives by “EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD?” (Matthew 4:4) ______________________________ ______________________________
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