That The Bible Is Inspired Of God?
By: Gary Colley
Before the Bible can do anyone any good it must be believed and accepted that the Bible is inspired of God (II Peter 1:20-21). In spite of the tremendous influence for good that the Bible has had upon mankind, many who profess to be its friends deny some of its basic and fundamental doctrines and are actually its enemies (CF. Phillipians 3:18-19, Colossians 1:21-23)! All of the most wonderful predictive elements of the Old Testament are fulfilled in the New Testament, but are denied by false teachers.
These events, such as the virgin birth of Christ (Isaiah 7:14), the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, on the apostles (Acts 2), and Cornelius (Acts 10), and constituting "all flesh" in both Jews and Gentiles
(Joel 2:28, Acts 2:15-18), prove the inspiration of the Scriptures. By some attempts these are "explained away" as nonessential! At one time the opponents of these contingents were restricted to unbelievers, but today it is not unusual to hear of some prominent religious leaders who also reject these fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith! The Bible indisputably claims for itself the inspiration of God, and that it is not simply "cunningly devised fables (II Peter 1:16-17)."
About forty men took part in the writing of the Bible. They wrote over a period of sixteen hundred years. The wonderful and powerful fact remains that one statement is never contradicted by another! Prophecies were made and fulfilled to the letter! Only one explanation can be correctly given for this fact, they were all guided by one Spirit.
In almost every event in the life of Christ, there was a fulfilled prophecy. Also, many scientific facts were anticipated by the ancient prophets of God. Job knew of an empty place over the north, that was not known to man until modern times (Job 26:7). Isaiah knew the earth was round, a fact denied until a few years ago (Isaiah 40:22). David knew of the "paths in the sea," a fact which was not discovered by uninspired men until recent times (Psalm 8:8). All of these facts are given in the Bible. They cannot be accounted for except for the fact that God inspired this wonderful book! Will you let the Bible be your guide?