Back to Basics:
THE INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE
IF GOD WROTE A BOOK....
INTRODUCTION: "If God wrote a book, what would it be like?" This is
the question I asked myself as I was preparing a sermon on the inspiration
of the Scriptures.
I. IF GOD WROTE A BOOK FOR MANKIND, WHAT IT BE LIKE?
A. It would be a book that was completely accurate, without
mistakes in facts.
II. THE BIBLE, UNLIKE ANY OTHER BOOK IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND, MEETS ALL
1. When it gave historical facts, they would be true and accurate.
B. It would tell the created about the Creator.
2. When it spoke of scientific details, they would be true.
3. When it referred to cities, mountain, terrain, rivers, etc., it would
be completely accurate. On top of that, you would expect to be able to
locate the sites of cites and places mentioned.
1. It would reveal what God was like. While we can know from
the creation that God is, that is tremendously powerful, and that He has
a loving nature, there are so many things about God that we would have
to learn from His revelation.
C. It would satisfy the deepest human needs and answer life's great unanswered
2. If He gave us a book would expect that God would tell His creation,
a creation that was different from all the other beings on the planet,
what He was like.
1. It would give answers to those questions that have resided
deep in the heart of man from the beginning of time.
D. It would be a book for all time, not just for the events that were taking
place in one time period.
2. "Why are we here?" "Where did we come from?" "Where are we going?"
1. It would be as fresh as this morning headlines in the paper
or lead story on the television and radio news.
E. It would be honest about those whom it wrote.
2. It would never grow old and stale but would have a message for mankind
for all time.
1. The truth would told about it's heroes and villians, no
matter how damning or vindicating.
F. It would be a book for all men and all cultures.
1. It would bridge the gap between black and white, Asian and
European, rich and poor.
G. It would be a book which could be understood by the average person.
1. It would be understandible by more than just the privileged
few, but one that could be understood and cherished by even the poorest
and least educated of society.
H. It would be an indestructible book.
1. Because it came from the God who created the universe we
would expect His book to stand up to those who would want to destroy it
and get rid of it.
A. Unlike other books, the Bible is completely accurate, without
mistakes and errors.
1. The Bible is without error, in total agreement with each
other. This is amazing in itself!
B. The Bible tells us all about our creator.
2. The Bible was written over a period of 1,600 years, spanning 60 generations.
Over 40 men penned it, from widely varying backgrounds. It was written
in three languages: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek. It's writers were herdsmen
and noblemen, fishermen and kings, warriors and priests. They came from
widely different cultures. Some were nomads. Some were city dwellers. Some
were travelers. The one whom is at the heart of its message, Jesus Christ,
never traveled more than a hundred miles from his birthplace.
3. But through all this there is a perfect agreement and unity of theme
and purpose. From Genesis to Revelation the message is simple, how God
is working in history to provide redemption to a mankind lost in sin. From
the first promise of salvation in Genesis 3:15 to the last invitation in
Revelation 22:16-17 we have God working the grand theme of
4. This grand book is completely accurate in the area of history. Men
have tried to find inaccuracies in its historical account but have always
come up short. It is completely accurate in geography. Even down to the
detail of going up to Jerusalem, showing that there was a gradual rise
in elevation, the Bible speaks the truth. In the realm of science the Bible
is accurate, ahead of its day. The Bible knew and revealed the truth
about the importance of blood thousands of years before modern man knew
(Leviticus 17:14). It also told us about the shipping lanes of the sea
thousands of years before men "discovered" them (Psalm 8:8).
a. The Bible is not a book of history. It is not a book of
geography. It is not a book of science. But in all these matters, and more,
when the Bible touches on them it speaks accurately, even beyond the knowledge
of its day. Why? Because it speaks the mind of God!
1. Our God is eternal. (Deuteronomy 33:27)
C. The Bible answers the great questions that have haunted man through
2. Our God is all-powerful. (Job 42:2)
3. Our God is changeless (Malachi 3:6)
4. Our God is a God of love (1 John 4:16).
1. Where did I come from? From God.
D. The Bible has stood the test of time, being relevant for each succeeding
a. Ecclesiastes 12:7 "Then the dust will return to the earth
as it was, And the spirit will return to God who gave it."
2. Why am I here? To serve and glorify God.
a. Ecclesiastes 12:13 - "Let us hear the conclusion of the
whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all."
3. Where am I going? I am going to go stand before God and be judged after
a. 2 Corinthians 5:10 - For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body,
according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
4. Is there anything after death? Yes, we will all live forever.
a. John 5:28-29
1. It is just as up to date today as when it was penned by
the inspired writers.
E. The Bible speaks honestly and forthrightly about its villains and heroes.
2. For example, what are some of the themes you can find within the
pages of Holy Scripture?
a. Corruption in government, materialism, hypocrisy in religion,
man's quest for self-fulfilment, oppression of the poor, war, man's inhumanity
toward man, all these are discussed in the Bible.
3. There is not a topic that can be imagined that the Bible hasn't talked
about, or talked about principles governing.
1. David, the man after God's own heart, committed adultery
with Bathsheba and had her husband killed.
F. The Bible bridges the gap between all races and peoples.
2. Peter, one of the ones who Jesus was closest, denied him three times.
3. A book by men would speak glowingly of its heroes and gloss over
their failings. The Bible speaks honestly of men and women who have good
traits but also failings.
1. The Bible is loved by individuals on every continent, color,
G. The Bible can be understood by the masses as well as the elite.
2. A housewife in New York City, a day laborer in Moscow, a tribesman
in Zambia, and office worker in Hong Kong, can all read the Bible and see
3. It is not a white person's book, or a black person's book, or an
Asian's book. It was written to and for all people.
4. Isaiah 2:1_3 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning
Judah and Jerusalem. 2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That
the mountain of the Lord's house Shall be established on the top of the
mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall
flow to it. 3 Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to
the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach
us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go
forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
1. What is necessary for salvation is simple to understand
H. The Bible has stood against all enemies and still stands!
2. Ephesians 3:1_3 "For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ
Jesus for you Gentiles; 2 if indeed you have heard of the dispensation
of the grace of God which was given to me for you, 3 how that by revelation
He made known to me the mystery (as I have briefly written already, by
which, when you read, you may understand my knowledge in the mystery of
3. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
1. The Bible has had its bitter enemies from the time it was
first penned to today. Diocletian, emperor of Rome in the early fourth
century, ordered the burning of the Bible. The emperor Constantine ordered
the copying of the Bible only 25 years later. Tyndale was burned at the
stake by Catholic authorities because he translated the Bible into English.
Tyrants in almost every generation have piled Bibles high for burning and
threatened prison sentences to their citizens for reading it. The Communists
tried unsuccessfully (the Communist Chinese are still doing this!) to limit
its influence and keep printed copies out of their countries. It didn't
2. Bernard Ramm (a noted author) said this. "A thousand times over,
the death knell of the Bible has been sounded, the funeral procession formed,
the inscription cut on the tombstones, and committal read. But somehow
the corpse never stays put. No other book has been so chopped, knived,
sifted, scrutinized, and vilified. What book on philosophy or religion
or psychology or belles lettres of classical or modern times has been subject
to such a mass attack as the Bible? With such venom and skepticism? With
such thoroughness and erudition? Upon ever chapter, line and tenet? The
Bible is still loved by millions, read by millions, and studied by millions."
CONCLUSION: No book can compare with the Bible! It is from God to
man and is designed to make our lives happier and prepared us to live with
God in Heaven!
We went to a machine shop arriving a little early and, as we were looking
around, we saw a pile of old, worn, battered, discarded hammers lying in
one corner of the shop. We counted forty_seven hammers. We also saw a bright,
unscarred anvil which looked as if it had never had a blow. I said to the
man in charge, "How many anvils have you used to wear out that pile of
hammers?" "Oh," he replied, "just this one," pointing with pride to the
anvil. "You know," said he, "the anvil wears out the hammers. The blows
on the anvil only make it shine brighter." As I stood there and looked
pile of discarded hammers, I thought, of the Word of God and its enemies
and critics. I thought of Rosseau, Tom Paine, Bob Ingersoll, Darrow and
a host of others who have ridiculed the Word of God and passed on. when
the last infidel and higher critic has taken his last sarcastic fling at
the Word of God and gone to the scrap heap of hell, God's Word will still
be here. It is the Bible that wears out the skeptics. "Forever O Lord thy
word is settled in heaven."
STUDIES OF BASICS:
Existence of God
Creation of Mankind
Epistles- Christ's Messages to the Church
Book of Acts
The Inspiration of The Bible
The Inspiration of The Bible (Part 2)
The Life & Mission of Christ
The New Testament
The Book of Revelation -- Victory
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