Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Daily Gospel Devotional: January 5

Luke 1:1-4

Second hand security…

How can we trust the Bible?

How can you trust the “big bang” theory?

Second hand is not always out of hand. In Luke 7:18-28 we see the imprisoned John the Baptist wondering if he had understood Jesus rightly about His being the Messiah. Jesus doesn’t speak to his emotions (and John was family), Jesus sends John back to the Scriptures (Isaiah 35:5-6). Jesus provided reassurance, but notice that this would be faith in the report of others.

You can’t just say, “Well, men wrote the Bible, therefore it must be flawed”, because if the claim of the Bible itself is true, God can get men to write what He wants them to. It is not self-refuting to claim that men wrote the very words of God and that it is inerrant. If that is your problem with the Bible, get rid of every book that you have because every single one was written by men. You can never trust anything else that you ever read in life. Face the fact; you trust much of your life to second hand knowledge.

Be grateful for Luke, and the “second hand” of the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20 / 1 John 4:13).

“Living For Today With An Eye For Tomorrow”©

5 comments:

Even So... said...

In the course of one year we will read
• Every Verse
• Every Passage
• Every Gospel

We welcome your comments. We are not looking to be copying and pasting previous material...we are coming at this with a fresh look, each day, and going with whatever we see. We can send you a copy of the reading schedule...primesoul@hotmail.com...you can check voiceofvision.org for the commentary, or go to voiceofvision.blogspot.com to leave a comment. God bless you as you join in the walk with us...

Anonymous said...

I have no issues with the inspired men of God who wrote the Bible, but I have little faith in the men who interpret what those men wrote.

Even So... said...

Yes, our faith is to be in the book, not in men. However, once we are willing and obedient to the scriptures themselves, once we learn to interpret and handle the Bible ourselves, then we can see that much of the Bible is as clear as day. It is understandable, and we can rightly interpret the Word (2 Timothy 2:15), and receive the value of the text (2 Timothy 3:16-17), and come to understand that, while we ought to test what is said by the Word (1 Thessalonians 5:21), it is a fact that over the centuries we have many commentators who have come to the same conclusions, and we have a body of evidence from church history that refutes the aberrations that resurface from time to time that have been dealt with before.

I am not sure what your intent was, but you cannot use the "everyone has a different interpretation" as some sort of excuse to not read and study the Bibles. The Scriptures themselves do not allow for that.

If all you were meaning to say is that we must test what is said, then I agree, and the NT spends much of its time telling us to do just that, but that means we must get into the Bible for ourselves as well. If God intended His Word, His Inspired Word, to be read, which you said you could believe, He would also want it to be understood, and it is, for the fundamentals are perfectly clear. I have done a series of 4 sermons called “The Bible is…” which you can find on SermonAudio…

1. The Bible is Believable
2. The Bible is Understandable
3. The Bible is Powerful
4. The Bible is Enough

You can also find a pdf of the whole series on voiceofvision.org, under the heading “A Biblical Foundation”.

I pray that you dig into the Scriptures.

MrsEvenSo... said...

Thank God for his word and preachers who take the time to study and rightly divide the truth.

2 Timothy 2:15
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.

Even So... said...

By God's grace I hope to do that, and continue in it...thanks, honey...