Got Questions: The Bible, The Word of God

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In this message, Chris presents how we got our Bible, how the canon was determined and how we can know that it is the Word of God.

In this message, Chris presents how we got our Bible, how the canon was determined and how we can know that it is the Word of God.

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  • 1. How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 2. “ One thing must be emphatically stated. The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the Church because they were formally included in a canonical list; on the contrary, the Church included them in her canon because she already regarded them as divinely inspired, recognizing their innate worth and generally apostolic authority, direct or indirect”. –F.F Bruce How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 3.
    • While they were telling them the things which they
    • had seen, they saw three men come out of the
    • tomb, two of them sustaining the other, and a
    • cross following after them….and they heard a
    • voice out of the heavens saying, “ Have you
    • preached unto them that sleep”? The answer that
    • was heard from the cross was, “Yes”!.-
    • The Gospel of Peter
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 4.
    • “ Simon Peter said to them” Let Mary go away
    • from us, for women are not worthy of life.
    • Jesus said: ‘Lo, I shall lead her, so that I may
    • make her male, that she too may become may
    • become a living spirit, resembling you males.
    • For ever woman who makes herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven”. –
    • The Gospel of Thomas
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 5.
    • “ All scripture is God breathed and is useful for
    • teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in
    • righteousness.”
    • 2nd Timothy 3:16
    • “ Above all, you must understand that no prophecy
    • of scripture came about by the prophet’s own
    • interpretation. For prophecy never had it’s origin in
    • the will of man, but men spoke from God as they
    • were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
    • 2nd Peter 1:20,21
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 6.
    • “ Bear in mind the Lord’s patience means salvation,
    • just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with
    • the wisdom God gave him. He writes the same
    • way in all his letters, speaking of these matters.
    • His letters contain some things that are hard to
    • understand, which ignorant and unstable people
    • distort, as they do they other scriptures, to their
    • own destruction” (2nd Peter 3:14-17)
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 7.
    • In 1 st Thessalonians 2:13 Paul writes, “And we also
    • thank God continually because, when you received the
    • word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it
    • not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of
    • God, which is at work in you who believe”.
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 8.
    • Clue #1 The unity of the Bible
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 9.
    • Clue #2 The prophecies in the Bible
    • Is from the seed of a woman (Genesis 3:15)
    • From the Jewish tribe of Judah (Genesis 49:10)
    • From the line of David (Jeremiah 23:5,6)
    • Was betrayed by a friend for thirty pieces of silver
    • (Zechariah 11:13)
    • Died for the sins of people (Isaiah 53:4,5)
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 10.
    • Clue #2 The prophecies in the Bible
    • Died for the sins of people (Isaiah 53:4,5)
    • Was executed next to criminals (Isaiah 53:9)
    • And was put in a rich mans tomb (Isaiah 9:9)
    • Was called both God and man (Isaiah 9:6,7)
    • Was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2)
    • Visited the Jerusalem temple before it was destroyed in
    • 70 AD (Malachi 3:1)
    • Died in 33 ad (Daniel 9:25,26)
    • And lastly rose from the dead (Psalm 16:10, Isaiah
    • 53:11)
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 11.
    • “ Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our
    • sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God,
    • smitten by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for
    • our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities;
    • the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,
    • and by his wounds we are healed.....He was cut off
    • from the land of the living; for the transgression of my
    • people he was stricken.
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 12.
    • He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the
    • rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor
    • was any deceit found in his mouth. Yet is was the
    • Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer and
    • though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will
    • see his offspring and prolong His days....after the
    • suffering of his soul he will see the light of the life and
    • be satisfied”
    • (Isaiah 53:4-7, 8b-12)
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 13.
    • “ About this time lived Jesus, a wise man, if indeed one
    • ought to call him a man. For he was one who wrought
    • surprising feats and was a teacher of such people as
    • accept the truth gladly. He won over many Jews and
    • many Greeks. When Pilate, upon hearing him accused
    • by men of the highest standing among us, had
    • condemned him to be crucified, those who had in the
    • first place come to love him did not give up their
    • affection for him. And the tribe of Christians, so called
    • after him, has still to this day not disappeared”.
    • – Josephus
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?
  • 14.
    • Clue # 3 The Authority of Jesus
    How did the bible get put together? Is it the word of God?