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Only One Bible/ The Inspiration of The Bible


Only One Bible
The Inspiration of The Bible


-Written over a period of 1600 years

-Penned by about 40 different writers 

-These were people from many different walks of life, fishermen, kings, tax collectors, shepherds.

-Yet the message is unified from a single source, GOD.

-There is no other possibility but that GOD:

   -Told them what to write

   -HE preserved the message through time, until this day.

   -This we will show as the evidence unfolds



GOD's word will stand forever.


Deuteronomy 29:29 KJV

[29] The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.


2 John 1:2 KJV

[2] For the truth's sake, which dwelleth in us, and shall be with us for ever.


1 Peter 1:23,25KJV

[23] Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

[25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.




1-Credibility of the scriptures


O.T. Scriptures-


The finding of The Dead Sea Scrolls bridged a huge gap of time. Prior to 1947, when the scrolls were discovered, the oldest Hebrew manuscripts dated to the ninth century A.D. These scrolls showed that the O.T. text that was currently available, matched The Dead Sea Scrolls, which predated them nearly 1000 years. 


-The law of Moses was found in the temple during the reign of Josiah, (2Kings 22). This bridges a gap of almost 1000 years.



Ezra 7:14 KJV

[14] Forasmuch as thou art sent of the king, and of his seven counsellors, to enquire concerning Judah and Jerusalem, according to the law of thy God which is in thine hand;


-Its in possession after Babylonian captivity. A lot of history has passed from Sinai, 

Neh.8:1-8 also.


JESUS read from a copy of Isaiah, not the original, and he called it scripture, Lk.4:16-21. 



Matthew 23:2-3 KJV

[2] Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: [3] All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.


-JESUS does not discredit the work of the scribes.



N.T.  Scriptures.-



The present number of Greek manuscripts-whole and partial-that attest to the New Testament stands at an unprecedented 5,735 (Welte, 2003). This figure does not include other sources of evidence such as the superabundance of patristic citations and ancient versions. The best manuscripts of the New Testament are dated at roughly A.D. 350, with perhaps one of the most important of these being the Codex Vaticanus, "the chief treasure of the Vatican Library in Rome," and the Codex Sinaiticus, which was purchased by the British from the Soviet Government in 1933. Additionally, the Chester Beatty papyri, made public in 1931, contain eleven codices (manuscript volumes), three of which contain most of the New Testament (including the Gospel accounts). 


Then there are the Apostolic Fathers, so named, men who wrote primarily from A.D. 90 - 160. These men often quoted from the New Testament documents. Writers such as Clement of Alexandria, Clement of Rome, Tatian, Irenaeus, Tertullian and Ignatius. 


Also there is the Old Latin and the Old Syriac are the most ancient, being dated from the middle of the second century. 


In 1968, Bruce Metzger, a longtime professor of New Testament language and literature at Princeton, stated: "The amount of evidence for the text of the New Testament.....is so much greater than that available for any ancient classical author that the necessity of resorting to emendation (correcting the text),is reduced to the smallest dimension." Truly, to have such abundance of copies for the New Testament from within seventy years of their writing is nothing short of amazing.


In one sense, the work of the textural critic has been unnecessary, since the vast majority of textural variants involve minor matters that do not affect doctrine as it relates to ones salvation.....no feature of Christian doctrine is at stake. 


(The Quran Unveiled) Dave Miller




2-Proof for the credibility of the message


Witness' - Jewish understanding of the need for witness.'


2 Corinthians 13:1 KJV

[1] ..........In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established,  (Deut.17:6).



-The scriptures show many witness.'


1 Corinthians 15:5-8 KJV

[5] And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: [6] After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. [7] After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. [8] And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.



Acts 2:32 KJV

[32] This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.



Acts 3:15 KJV

[15] And killed the Prince of life, whom God hath raised from the dead; whereof we are witnesses.



Acts 5:32 KJV

[32] And we are his witnesses of these things; and so is also the Holy Ghost, whom God hath given to them that obey him.



Acts 10:39 KJV

[39] And we are witnesses of all things which he did both in the land of the Jews, and in Jerusalem; whom they slew and hanged on a tree:


-The apostles walked with JESUS some three years, they are qualified witnesses.



How did their telling, of the things that they had seen effect their world? How has The Message effected our world, 2000 years later?



The Unity of Scriptures:

3-One Central Theme


The redemption of man:


It is not possible that these men, over this long period of time wrote in unison, this one main message, the coming of the REDEEMER to save man.


1 Peter 1:18-20 KJV

[18] Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [19] But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: [20] Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,


-JESUS' death for mans sins, was planned before creation



Genesis 3:15 KJV

[15] And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.


-Of womans seed, ONE was to come that would crush satans head.



Genesis 22:18 KJV

[18] And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.


-All nations will be blessed from Abrahams SEED.



Galatians 3:16 KJV

[16] Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.


-The ONE SEED, is JESUS



Job 19:25 KJV

[25] For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth:


-Job knew of the SAVIORS coming



Proverbs 30:4 KJV

[4] Who hath ascended up into heaven, or descended? who hath gathered the wind in his fists? who hath bound the waters in a garment? who hath established all the ends of the earth? what is his name, and what is his son's name, if thou canst tell?


-The O.T. is preparing us for the understanding of GOD's SON.



Matthew 1:21 KJV

[21] And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.


-JESUS' birth to redeem man.



John 1:29 KJV

[29] The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


-it is know, that HIS purpose is to remove mans sins.



1 John 3:8 KJV

[8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.


-JESUS' purpose is shown



John 4:34 KJV

[34] Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.


John 19:30 KJV

[30] When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.


-JESUS accomplished HIS goal.



1 Corinthians 15:3-4 KJV

[3] For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; [4] And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:


-This is The Gospel (Rom.1:16)



Luke 24:46-49 KJV

[46] And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: [47] And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. [48] And ye are witnesses of these things. [49] And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.


-The apostles, and many others, saw, touched, and heard, The Messiah; they are capable witnesses of HIS miracles, knowledge,and power. 



4-Scientific Foreknowledge


The Bible tells of scientific facts, long before we discovered them.


-Both man and woman posses seed of life, Gen.3:15, Gen.22:18. Discovered, 17th Century.

-There is a place void of stars in the north, Job26:7. Discovered, 19th Century.

-Earth is held in place by invisible forces, Job:26:7. Discovered, 1650.

-The earth is a sphere, Is.40:22. Discovered, 15th century.

-Day and night occur simultaneously on earth, Lk.17:31-34. Discovered, 15th Century.

-Early diagnosis of leprosy, Lev.13. Discovered, 17th Century.

-Blood necessary for the survival of life, Lev.17:11. Discovered, 19th Century.

-Oceans have natural paths in them, Ps.8:8. Discovered, 1854.

-Most seaworthy ship design, 30:5:3, Gen.6. Discovered, 1860.

-Radio Astronomy, (stars give off signals), Job38:7. Discovered, 1945.

-Oceans contain fresh water, Job38:16. Discovered, 1920.

-Infinite number of stars, Jer.33:22. Discovered, 1940.

-Air has mass and weight, Job28:25. Discovered, 16th century.

-Matter is made up of invisible particles, Rom.1:20. Discovered, 20th Century.

-The Water Cycle, Eccl.1:7; Job36:27,28. Discovered, 17th Century.

-Oceans have bounds, Ps.104:6-9. 




5-The Bibles claims for itself.


-JESUS read from a copy of the scriptures called the septuagint. Translated in 3 B.C., JESUS read from it, trusted it, and called it scripture.



Matthew 21:42 KJV

[42] Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?



Matthew 22:29 KJV

[29] Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.



Matthew 26:54 KJV

[54] But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?



Mark 12:10 KJV

[10] And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:



Luke 24:27 KJV

[27] And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.


-the scriptures are accurate, so an account can be made


John 5:39 KJV

[39] Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.


-claims eternal life is in them, they must be accurate


The eternal nature of the Scriptures.


Matthew 5:17-18 KJV

[17] Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. [18] For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.


-can the CREATOR of heaven and earth, preserve HIS words for all ages and time? Is HE capable?


John 10:35 KJV

[35] If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the scripture cannot be broken;



Acts 17:11 KJV

[11] These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.



Romans 1:2 KJV

[2] (Which he had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures,)


Holy-From ἅγος hagos (an awful thing) compare G53 [H2282];

sacred (physically pure morally blameless or religious ceremonially consecrated): - (most) holy (one thing) saint.

Thayer's Definition

most holy thing, a saint



Romans 15:4 KJV

[4] For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.



2 Timothy 3:16-17 KJV

[16] All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: [17] That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.



Psalm 12:6-7 KJV

[6] The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. [7] Thou shalt keep them, O Lord , thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.



Psalm 33:11 KJV

[11] The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.



1 Peter 1:25 KJV

[25] But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.



2 Peter 1:20-21 KJV

[20] Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. [21] For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.



2 Peter 3:16 KJV

[16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.



Daniel 7:10 KJV

[10] A fiery stream issued and came forth from before him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.



Revelation 20:12 KJV

[12] And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.



1 Corinthians 2:12-13 KJV

[12] Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. [13] Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.





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