1997-07-12 - The Revelation of God Through Jesus of Nazareth
The Comprehensive Series, Part 5
THE REVELATION OF GOD THROUGH JESUS OF NAZARETH AND THE NEW TESTAMENT PROPHETS.
The New Testament satisfies in every way the hopes that were raised by the prophets of Israel but were never realized in their time. Those O.T. prophets foretold the life and the things Messiah would do and also the time He would make his appearance. Six months after John the baptist began his ministry Jesus began His. Jesus' divine nature and power are clearly seen in this verse:
Mathew 11:27 All things have been delivered unto me of my Father: and no one knoweth the Son, save the Father; neither doth any know the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son willeth to reveal him.
Both the Apostle Paul and Peter made the claim for themselves and others in the gospel ministry, of the complete and absolute inspiration of the Spirit of God. Paul's statement:
1 Corinthians 2:10-13 But unto us God revealed them through the Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For who among men knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of the man, which is in him? Even so the things of God none knoweth, save the Spirit of God. But we received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is from God; that we might know the things that were freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with spiritual words.
II Peter 1:19-21 And we have the word of prophecy made more sure; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: knowing this first, that no prophecy of scripture is of private interpretation. For no prophecy ever came by the will of man: but men spake from God, being moved by the Holy Spirit.
Both of these statements and others, plainly teach us that apostles whom Jesus called into His services were according to Scripture fully inspired of God and delivered not their own messages but those that were given to them by the Holy Spirit. Such are the claims of the writers of the Bible.
Next week we will look at positive proof of the Inspiration of the Bible
In His Service,