THE BIBLE INSPIRED
J. J. WILLIAMSON
1 -- There
are many today that loudly decry the thought that the Bible is the inspired
word of God. They like to call it the opiate of the people. Their whole
purpose in living is to accumulate as much unto themselves as possible
regardless of others. They loudly proclaim that the human race is enslaved
to the Capitalist who uses the church to keep his hold upon the common
people. But while these people so readily relegate the Holy Scriptures
to the land of fanciful dreams, the fact remains that one must acknowledge
that there is a supreme power that guides the universe and all that
is in it. Reason alone tells us three things; we exist, we did not bring
ourselves into existence, and when that power which brings us into existence
ceases to uphold us, we die. One may call that power whatever he wishes,
but the Christian calls it God. And furthermore, the only written record
of such a power complete with all the answers, is the Bible.
people say that if they could be sure that this is true, that they would
gladly accept its teachings. Many others who sincerely believe that
there is a God, would like to have faith in it, but it seems too far
removed from the One they call Jesus. If they only could have witnessed
the wonderful works that the Bible has recorded. If they could only
have lived in the times of Jesus and been eye witnesses to those mighty
miracles, but alas that day is past and now the doubting eye sees no
yet there is a sign, more mighty, more wonderful, and more certain than
anything else. It is time that all men everywhere learned that "there
is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be
saved ... neither is there salvation in any other." Acts 4:12.
Again we read in Philippians 2:9 that "God also hath highly
exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name." How can
we know that only Christ is our Saviour? The answer is in the sure word
of prophecy and it is to this that God calls our attention in these
perilous days. Notice Second Peter 1:l9 "We have also a
more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed,
as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day star arise
in your hearts." Peter tells us that if we would turn to the prophecies
of the Bible, that we would have all the answers that our hearts would
need, FOR NOTHING CAN BE MORE SURE THAN THE PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE,
not even signs or miracles, or the privilege that some had of seeing
and hearing Jesus Himself. Bible Prophecy is God's answer to all men
in all ages. What wonderful counsel is given in Isaiah 46:9-10:
"Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none
else; I am God and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the
beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done,
saying, My counsel shall stand; and I will do all my pleasure:" God
says that, there is none like Him. He can tell the end from the beginning.
It is the sign that He is God. And this is exactly what He has done
in the prophecies of the Bible. If we will search the Bible, its prophecies
will guide us safely to the daystar, Jesus, who alone can save His people.
1:45 tells us of the wonderful experience of Philip: "We have
found him of whom Moses ... and the prophets did write, JESUS OF NAZARETH."
How did he know that he had found Jesus? The same way that you may find
Jesus. THE MESSIANIC PROPHECIES OF THE BIBLE. It was from this source
that all the disciples made sure, and if men would take time today to
seek this same source, there would be no honest infidels in all the
you say, Jesus was just a Jewish boy, born in a humble home and in very
strange circumstances. Until He was about thirty years of age, He worked
as a tradesman, a carpenter. He didn't even have the religious training
of His day that was provided by the schools of the land. Then from the
carpenter shop, He stepped forth to proclaim that He was the Son of
God. Was He the Son of God? If we accept Him, can we be sure of our
hope? Again I say that the Bible must be our foundation.
2 -- If we are
to uphold our belief in Jesus, we must be able to show from the Bible
that beyond doubt He is the Messiah. In Acts 18:8, I read that
this was the method that the Apostles used in their teachings; "Showing
by the scripture that Jesus was the Christ." WHAT SCRIPTURES? Here
we come to a very vital point. THE ONLY SCRIPTURES that the Apostles
had to use at that time was the OLD TESTAMENT. The
Old Testament proved that Jesus was the true and living Christ, the
only Saviour of men. Another reality that we must not omit is that the
supreme proof that Jesus was the true and only Saviour is found in the
fact that the life of Jesus IN THE NEW TESTAMENT is just as it was prophesied
in the Old Testament. JESUS SAID, "I AM THE ONE, I AM HE."
the Old Testament, God recorded the life story of Jesus that when He
came, men might recognize the Messiah. Centuries before He was born
on this earth, the events of His life were foretold and in the record
of the New Testament we find these predictions fulfilled to the letter.
Let us start with the very beginning and trace this record for ourselves.
the birth of Jesus, Micah prophesied 710 years before Jesus was born
in Bethlehem with these words found in Micah 5:2: "But thou
Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah,
yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting." Through
Micah was pointed out the very place that the Messiah would be born.
God put His finger on the little village of Bethlehem, and said, This
is the place.
Jesus born in Bethlehem? Everyone who has ever heard anything about
Jesus is aware that this is true. BUT THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE
NOT AWARE OF. Mary and Joseph lived in Nazareth. Nazareth was about
70 miles from Bethlehem. And 70 miles in those days meant from 3 to
more days journey. If you had lived back there, you would have probably
concluded that Jesus would be born in Nazareth. BUT 710 YEARS BEFORE,
GOD HAD SAID THAT IT WOULD BE BETHLEHEM. And we must never forget that
the hand of God is on the lever of circumstances. He moves in Mysterious
ways His wonders to per form. What happens to change the circumstances
of Jesus' Birth? At just the right time, the decree goes forth from
Augustus Caesar at Rome, a decree that all the world must be taxed.
Every man had to register at his designated place, and so Joseph and
Mary had to go up to Bethlehem. And while they were there Jesus was
born at Bethlehem just as God had said He would be. The birth of Jesus
at Bethlehem was the first sign that He was the Messiah.
mother of Jesus was designated as a virgin. We read in Isaiah 7:14,
written 700 years before His birth: "Behold a virgin shall conceive,
and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." Everybody knows
that Jesus was born of the virgin Mary. Some people say that they have
great difficulty with this matter of the virgin birth, that to them
it is impossible. But the fact remains that no one can deny the virgin
birth because he cannot explain it, for there are a great many things
that we accept and know yet cannot explain. For instance, I can not
understand a virgin rabbit can give birth to little ones without the
seeming necessary father. But I know that this is true, because some
of the leading Universities of America have conducted experiments and
found this to be so. If men of science can take a virgin rabbit and
cause it to produce offspring without the male,
then I am sure that God Who made man can take a woman and cause her
to produce offspring without the aid of man. In other words the results
of science with rabbit experiments only strengthens the fact of the
virgin birth of Jesus. But aside from all this, WHEN YOU COME TO READ
THE PROPHECIES, THE OUTSTANDING FACT IS THAT GOD IS A TRUE GOD: WHEN
HE SAYS ANYTHING WILL HAPPEN, IT HAPPENS. No word of God fails. What
He promises, He does. When He says anything will happen, it happens.
God said 700 years before that Jesus would be born of a virgin, and
God even foretold the family from which
Jesus would come. In Isaiah 11:1: it says: "And there shall
come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out
of his roots." God said that Jesus would come forth from the family
p 3 -- And what is Christ known
as in the New Testament? He is known as the son of David and He was
recognized as the legal successor to the throne of David.
That there might be no doubt or mistake,
God even foretold the time that the Messiah would appear. Daniel
9:25 tells us that the Messiah would appear 69 weeks, or 483 years
prophetic time after the decree of the "going forth of the commandment
to restore and to build Jerusalem".
We will study this decree in its fulness
soon, but sufficient for now is the date 456 B.C. From this date, the
Messiah was to appear on the scene after 483 years. AND AT THE EXACT
TIME JESUS CAME FORTH. GOD SAID THAT THE MESSIAH WOULD BE THERE AND
HE WAS EXACTLY ON TIME. [Webmaster note: Prophetic
time = 1 Day equals 1 Year. This principle will be covered
more fully as we study prophetic books such as Daniel and Revelation.]
How do we know this is true? John the Baptist
was out there at the river Jordan baptizing people, when suddenly there
appears a striking figure. Pointing to Him, John says, "Behold
the Lamb of God". John recognized Him. Jesus was baptized. And
when Jesus came out of the water after His baptism "he saw the
heavens opened and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him; and there
came a voice from heaven saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased". Mark 1:10-11.
Immediately Jesus went from that baptism
to be tempted in the wilderness and to begin His personal ministry.
Thus we read of this event in Mark 1:15-17; "the time is
fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye and believe
the gospel." In Luke 3:1 we read that this was "in the fifteenth
year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar" which we know to be 27 A.D.
when Jesus came forth and was baptized. THE 69 WEEKS WERE UP. Count
from 456 BC to 27 A.D. When Jesus came forth and was baptized. GOD NAMED
THE EXACT NUMBER OF YEARS; AND AT THE EXACT TIME JESUS CAME FORTH. GOD
SAID THE MESSIAH WOULD BE THERE AND HE WAS EXACTLY ON TIME. HOW WONDERFULLY
GOD MARKS EVEN THE DETAILS.
God foretold 1000 years before that Jesus
Would be betrayed by one of His disciples Psalms 141:9 : "Keep
me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the signs - or the
traps - of the workers of iniquity." The price also that Jesus
would be sold for was exactly foretold by Zechariah, 500 years before
Jesus was born. In Zechariah 11:12-13 we read: "And I said
unto them, if ye think good, give me my price: and if not, forbear,
So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver. And the Lord said
unto me, Cast them unto the potter: a goodly price that I was praised
at of them. And I took the thirty pieces of silver, and cast them to
the potter in the house of the Lord." NOT ONLY HOW MUCH THAT JESUS
WOULD BE SOLD FOR, BUT ALSO WHAT THE PRIESTS WOULD USE THE MONEY FOR.
It is uncanny. 500 years before Jesus was
born, the exact price that Jesus was to be sold for was written in the
scrolls. IT WAS AN EXACT PRICE, FOR JUDAS RECEIVED JUST THIRTY PIECES
OF SILVER. When Judas became remorseful, (he was not repentant), he
took the 30 pieces of silver and said, "I have sinned. I have betrayed
innocent blood", and he cast the money at the feet of the priests.
Then he went out and hanged himself. This is THE SORROW THAT WORKETH
DEATH, THE SORROW OF THE WORLD - because it is not true repentance.
Then the priests had a problem on their hands. "What will we do
with this money?" one said. GOD HAD SAID THAT THEY WOULD BUY A
POTTERS FIELD: and, THEY SAID, WE WILL BUY A POTTER'S FIELD TO BURY
STRANGERS IN". All was as God had said they would do. It is wonderfully
accurate even to the very details.
One thousand years before-hand, the Bible
foretold that they would drive the nails in the Son of God, a time when
crucifixion was unknown. That is another marvel of God. The Roman people
invented crucifixion. Psalms 22:16 says, "They pierced my
hands and my feet." THAT IS WHAT THEY DID TO JESUS. Then as Jesus
hung on the cross, He knew that everything was fulfilled up to that
moment; but that they must give Him vinegar to drink. Compare Psalms
69:21 with John 19:28-30: " they gave me also gall for
my meat; and in my thirst, they gave me also vinegar to give"..."After
this, Jesus knowing that all things were accomplished, that the scriptures
might be fulfilled saith, I thirst. Now there was a set vessel full
of vinegar, and they filled a sponge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop,
and put it into his mouth." "When Jesus, therefore, had received
p 4 -- the vinegar, He said, It
is finished: and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost." THAT
IS THE VERY SUBSTANCE OF WHAT HAD BEEN SAID A THOUSAND YEARS BEFORE.
It is wonderful to note the accuracy of Divine prediction.
Then there is that interesting circumstance
connected with the clothing of Jesus. There were four soldiers on guard
when Jesus was crucified. Jesus was wearing five articles of clothing.
According to the custom of the day the clothing of the one to be crucified
would be divided among them. Each soldier took one item of clothing,
leaving the long, simple coat. They said, We will tear the remaining
piece into four parts so we will each have the same amount, but if they
had done this, the Bible would have not been a true book, for in Psalms
22:18 it had said: " They part my garments among them, and
cast lots upon my vesture." The record tells us that instead of
tearing the garment, it was as God had said, THE SOLDIERS CAST LOTS
FOR THE COAT.
As we read the account of the burial of
Jesus, we find that the Scribes and the Pharisees wanted to place all
the reproach possible upon Jesus. They were not only crucifying Him,
but they planned to bury Him with criminals. But God had said in Isaiah
53:9 that "He would make his grave with the rich in his death,"
and we find that Joseph of Arimathea came and buried Jesus in his own
new tomb. He came personally to Pilate and begged the body of Jesus
and thus was God's word fulfilled. We might do well to remember that
God always has a man at the right time for all occasions.
Most life stories of individuals end with
death, but in this respect the life story of Jesus is entirely different
from any other man. As prophesied in the Old Testament, He was to be
raised from the dead, and it was to occur before His body would see
corruption. Psalms 16:10 says: "For thou wilt not leave
my soul in hell, neither wilt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption."
Christ was placed in the tomb late on Friday and in fulfillment of this
promise, He was raised early on the first day of the week or Sunday.
Not only was His death and resurrection
recorded, but also His ascension to the Father. A thousand years before
His birth we read in Psalms 24.7-10: " Lift up your heads,
0 ye gates; and be ye lift up ye everlasting doors; and the king of
glory shall come in. Who is the king of glory? The Lord strong and mighty".
And more than this, God even foretold the place that Christ would occupy
when He ascended into heaven. Psalms 110:1: "The Lord said
unto my Lord, sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies
thine footstool". God the Father and God the Son are recorded here,
as talking together. When Christ ascended to heaven, He went to His
Father's right hand. The position He is now holding was foretold in
Zechariah 6:13: "And he shall bear the glory, and shall
sit and rule upon his throne; and the counsel of peace shall be between
them both". When you sum it all up, it is easy to see that there
would be no honest infidels, if these prophecies were understood. It
is this of evidence that makes a person sure that Jesus is the only
true and personal Saviour of mankind.
Suppose you have a friend who is going
to visit you. You send him implicit directions even to a description
of what your house looks like. He follows your directions and finally
drives up to your front door. He sees your house and the landscape of
your yard, and he knows it is the right place. How does he know? It
fulfills the description.
We have never seen Jesus with the natural
eyes, BUT JESUS CAME AND FULFILLED EVERY ONE OF THESE PROPHECIES. That
is positive evidence that He is the one and only Messiah. Jesus Christ
is the only man that ever lived to whom all these prophecies can be
applied. THERE IS NO MISTAKE. We can sing, Yes, there's one, only one.
The blessed, blessed Jesus, he's the one. He is the only one. "On
Christ the solid rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand."
FRIENDS, THERE CAN BE NO DOUBT.
p align="left">But have we received this
wonderful Saviour as our personal Saviour. Calvin said:
"One of the most wonderful discoveries that I have
ever made is that Christ is my personal Saviour." May
God give us grace to accept Him as such in our own lives.
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