Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Bible to prove the Bible

I am very excited to be heading in to First Peter. As we read God's Word, as He inspired Peter to write, it is awesome to consider the perfect harmony in which all the books and letters we have read so far in the New Testament. Throughout these next half a dozen letters we are going to continue to look back and compare the exact same directives and doctrine as to give us more and more confidence that this book is God's Word.

Before we do, I think it is worth noting that the Bible (God's Word) is actually a collection of 66 books, which is called the canon of scriptures. These 66 books were written by 40 different authors. These authors came from a variety of backgrounds: shepherds, fishermen, doctors, kings, prophets, and others. And most of these authors never knew one another personally. These 66 books were written over a period of 1500 years. The 66 books of the Bible were written in 3 different languages. In the Bible we have books that were written in the ancient languages of Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic.
And finally, these 66 books were written on 3 different continents: Africa, Asia, and Europe.
THAT IS AMAZING! So when somebody tells you not to use the Bible to prove the Bible; you can tell them that to use the Bible to prove the Bible in light of the above facts makes it that much more amazing.

In addition to to overwhelming historical and archaeological evidence of the Bible, we also see the work of the entire God-Head illustrated throughout It's Pages:

1Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

THAT IS AWESOME! The elect have been called; and God The Father knew who would receive Jesus Christ before to world began. Then we see the sanctifying work of The Holy Spirit; separating the elect from the world unto salvation and continuing His sanctifying work, making the elect more like Christ, and obedient to Him. Then he wraps up this verse with the means by which it all happens, through the Blood sacrifice of God The Son, Jesus Christ.

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