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CHRIST'S VIEW OF THE SCRIPTURES

“…did you never read in the scripture; the stone which the builder rejected, He is same is become the head of the corner. This is the Lord's doing, and it's marvelous in our eyes.” Matt 21:42

Today there are all sorts of views about Scripture, about its authority, validity, its role, and so forth. Unfortunately, many within Christianity don't view the Bible with the kind of authority it ought to have. What authority is that? Well, let's go the ultimate Authority Himself, Jesus. How did He view Scripture? Christianity don't view the Bible with the kind of authority it ought to have. What authority is that? Well, let's go the ultimate Authority Himself, Jesus. How did He view Scripture? Today it's texts are but a few that reveal how truthful and authoritative Jesus' view of Scripture was. Jesus believed in the story of Creation (Mark 10:6), of Noah and the Flood (Matt. 24:37-39), and of Jonah and the large fish (Matt. 12:39-41). He also referred to the creation of the first couple (Matt. 19:4), and He quoted Genesis 2:24 in Matthew 19:5, which speaks about the original purpose of marriage. Jesus Himself verified His own mission by using Scriptures. 'For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?'" (John 5:46, 47, NKJV). After His resurrection, on the road to Emmaus, Jesus quoted Scripture to clarify the importance of His ministry. "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself (Luke 24:27). Throughout His life on earth, Jesus used Scripture, spoke from Scripture, promoted Scripture, uplifted Scripture, and interpreted Scripture. "Jesus is the true Interpreter of Holy Scripture. His message is our key to unlock the correct meaning of the Old Testament. . . . Christ's use of Israel's Scriptures is our model of biblical interpretation. Our guiding principle is based on the conviction that the redemptive activity of God in the history of Israel reached its fulfillment in Christ.
  • Bible Passage : MATT. 4:4-10; 21:42; 22:29:26:54; 56 MARK 2:25; 12:36 LUKE 4:21
  • Prayer : Lord Jesus, who spoke through thy apostles and empowered them for signs and wonders, empower me Lord with Your Pentecostal grace to speak the Word boldly. Amen.
  • Date : Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Questions : What did He say about His endorsement and acceptance of the Old Testament as a whole?
  • FurtherReading : See main text.

APOSTLES AND THE SCRIPTURES

The New Testament writers also showed full confidence in the Scriptures.In the book of Romans alone, Paul quotes more than forty times directly from the Old Testament, and chapters are essentially built upon quotations or allusions from the Old Testament scriptures. He quotes from Isaiah at least twenty-five times. Peter did the same thing in his books. All the epistles have a strong foundation in the Old Testament scriptures. The New Testament authors have confidently assured us of their conviction regarding the authority of Scripture (James 1:5). In his admonition to the rich, as stated in James 1:11, James used Isaiah 40:6,7 and Psalm 103:15. The apostle Peter expressed his confidence in the Old Testament prophecies with emphatic words in 2 Peter 1:21. He was alluding to the Old Testament (Exod. 12:5) when he said in 1 Peter 1:19 that we are redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. When Paul spoke about the gospel in Romans 1:17, he used the underlying principle of the gospel as found in Habakkuk 2:4. In describing humanity's sinful nature (Rom. 3:10-12), the apostle makes reference to Psalm 14:1-3. When Paul spoke to the Jews in Rome, he said, " The Holy Spirit was right in saying to your fathers through Isaiah the prophet...'" (Acts 28:25, RSV). The apostles were solidly convicted that the Scriptures were the , Word of God. At Pentecost Peter said, " This Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David'" (Acts 1:16, NKJV). Paul also said, "When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of, men, but as it is in truth, the word of God'' (1 Thess. 2:13, NKJV).
  • Bible Passage : MATT. 1:23, 3:3 HEB. 10:7 1 JOHN 3: 12 JAS. 2 ROM. 1:16
  • Prayer : Lord Jesus, who spoke through thy apostles and empowered them for signs and wonders, empower me Lord with Your Pentecostal grace to speak the Word boldly. Amen.
  • Date : Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Questions : What forces exist in your culture that work against having the kind of trust in the Scriptures as depicted in today's and yesterday's lessons? How can you recognize those forces? Even more important, what can (you do to help protect yourself, and others, against them?
  • FurtherReading : See main text.

UNITY AMID DIVERSITY

“He writes the same way in His letter, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand”2 Peter 3:16

With Peter's reference to Paul's writings as Scripture, we see internal evidence for the validity of both Testaments; both were considered the Word of God (see also I Thess. 2:13). And despite some vast differences in the backgrounds and authors of the Bible, there's also an incredible unity found within both. A span of a thousand years covers the writings of the Old Testament. There was, then, a gap of about five hundred years when no Bible books were written, at least not until the birth of the New Testament church. The books of the New Testament were started and completed in the last half of the first century A.D. Thus, the Bible took more than a millennium and a half to be completed. One of the strongest evidences that the Bible was prepared under divine direction is its unity. Although the writers came from diversified backgrounds, its content has one predominant purpose. The Bible was written by kings, a prime minister, shepherds, fishermen, prophets, priests, a publican, a physician, and many other people with different occupations but all of them wrote about the same God. Some books are historical; some are prophetic. Some writers wrote in poetry; others in prose. Some books are missionary reports; others are church letters or personal correspondence. However, each speaks about the same loving and caring God; each one informs us about the same plan of salvation; and each one uplifts the same standard of righteousness. Ail look forward to the same eternal reward. This is not coincidence. It all shows that the Bible writers have one Source of inspiration.
  • Bible Passage : Leviticus 19:18 Deuteronomy 6:5 Matthew 22:36-40
  • Prayer : Holy Father, grant me an insight into that word that I may have the discerning spirit. IJN. Amen.
  • Date : Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Questions : What common theme in Scripture is your favorite? Which talks to your heart the best? Go through a few books in both testaments and pull out verses that share this common theme. Bring them to class on Sunday
  • FurtherReading : John 13:35 1 Corinthians 13

BIBLE PROPHETIC LICENSE

'Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please'" (Isaiah 46:9,10, NIV).

In Hebrew, the verb naba means "to prophesy." It carries the idea of someone pouring forth words with fervor or inspiration. The noun nabi means a spokesperson, a prophet, a person authorized to speak for another (see Exod. 6:28-30, 7:1). Another word used in the Bible for someone with the prophetic gift is "seer," translated from two different Hebrews words, each with the meaning "to see." Prophets, it seems, have been given the ability to prophesy regarding things that ordinary people might not see. Thus, not only do prophets see what others might not they are called by God to speak those things, often with fervor and might, as well. Jesus' warning about false prophetic can be understood to contain the idea that true ones will exist, as well (Mathew 24:24). After all, if we were to reject all prophets that is, reject the gift altogether there would be no need of the warning about false ones. Matthew 24:32,33 and John 13:19. With these verses Jesus showed us that prophecy is not just about being able to tell the future. Instead, prophecy is given to strengthen our faith in God and His Word after the events have occurred. The more we see the fulfillment of the prophecy, the more we believe that the Bible really comes from the Lord. There are various kinds of prophecies. One kind has to do with the predictions of a coming Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. Others have to do with the future of the Israelites and of various nations; others deal with the end of the world, and even beyond. Early Prophecies “Believe in the Lord your God, so shall ye be established; believe his prophets, so shall ye prosper" (2 Chron. 20:20). Beginning even in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, we can see that prophecy plays an important role in the history of God's work with fallen humanity. What was prophesied, and how and when were those prophecies fulfilled? It's easy for us now, looking back, to see just how accurately those prophecies were fulfilled. But place yourself in the position, say, of Noah, who was told that water from the sky was going to wipe out the earth, even though, prior to that time it had never even rained ! Or of Abraham and Sarah, that she would one day be the mother of their child when she was long past child-bearing age. It was surely a great test of faith on their part (Heb. 11:7-11) to trust God concerning the events that He said would come to pass.
  • Bible Passage : Isa. 52:13-53:12 Daniel 2 Matt. 24:24 John 13:19.
  • Prayer : Eternal Rock of Ages, grant that Thy words may dwell in me richly that day by day I will walk with you in truth, faith and love. Make me stand solidly on Christ, Amen.
  • Date : Tuesday, May 15, 2018
  • Questions : Think over the role that prophecy has played in your own walk with the Lord. What lessons about prophecy have you learned over time? What words of advice or caution would you give to a new Christian or to someone studying prophecy for the first time regarding this wonderful gift?
  • FurtherReading : Gen. 6:13 Gen. 12:1-3 Gen. 15:13. 14 Gen. 18:10.

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