The miracle of providence
The golden thread
The unity of the Bible resides not merely in the fact that its many ancient books have been brought together between two leather covers. Once read, it becomes obvious that these books are one in message, principle and aim. In revealing to men the purpose of God with the earth, the Bible presents a single Gospel of salvation from Genesis to Revelation. From the Garden of Eden to John’s vision of the heavenly Jerusalem coming down to earth, the same Divine purpose can be seen to continue unchanged: the glorification of God through the salvation of man. And this golden thread is woven
with many other basic strands into the very fabric of the Bible. The mortality and sinfulness of man, the promise of a Saviour, the need for sacrifice and faith, the place of God’s chosen people Israel in the Divine plan, and the coming Kingdom of God – these and countless other themes weave their way through Old and New Testament
alike, binding them together and stamping them as the product of a single mind.
The Bible claims to be God’s book. In its themes and structure, in its purpose and direction, it shows a unity consistent only with an omniscient designer. Coincidence would be a quite inadequate explanation of the beauty and intricacy of the Bible’s texture. Such wonderful design does not happen by chance. Seen under the microscope of the closest examination, the consistency of Bible themes reveals the evidence of God at work.
As an earlier writer so aptly put it:
“Here is a book written by forty authors, living in different ages, without possible concert or collusion, producing a book which in all its parts is pervaded by one spirit, one doctrine, one design, and by an air of sublime authority which is its peculiar
characteristic. Such a book is a literary miracle. It is impossible to account for its existence upon ordinary principles.”
The miracle of revelation
To call the Bible “a literary miracle” simply on the evidence of its unified message may seem to be a use of words which devalues the genuinely miraculous. But there are also other indicators of the Bible’s superhuman origin, not least of which is the evidence of
fulfilled prophecy. Men often guess about the future, but they cannot predict it with any degree of accuracy – and least of all the distant future. Yet the God of the Bible offers precisely this ability to foretell long-distant events as evidence of His existence and of the
reliability of His Word.
“Ask me of things to come”, said God through the prophet Isaiah, for “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” (Isaiah 45:11; 46:9-11).
Even the Bible’s strongest critics will admit that the Old Testament was in existence long before the birth of Christ. Yet the writings of Moses, of the Psalmists and of the prophets contain the most detailed predictions of the life and work of Jesus. Just look, for example, at Genesis 3:15 and, especially, at Psalm 22 and Isaiah 53, and ask yourself honestly how you can explain away the fact that such clear prophecies about Jesus came to be in the sacred scriptures of the Jews, who do not even yet recognise him as their
Saviour. Similarly, it is possible to show that the unfolding misfortunes of the Jews, as well as the fate of the leading nations of the world, were outlined long before they happened, in prophecies of quite extraordinary detail (Deuteronomy 28, Ezekiel 26 and
Daniel 2 are just three examples out of many). Yet such predictions are precisely what we should expect from the omniscient mind of a God who sees the whole of human history in a moment of time. They are clear evidence of the truly miraculous, revelatory character
of the Bible.
We need to be clear also about this important point: revelation, if it is properly understood as meaningful communication from God to man, is by its very nature miraculous. Like any miracle, revelation involves the exercise of God’s power, His Spirit; it does not merely ‘happen’ in the ordinary course of events, and it is not achievable by
men without the aid of God. The Bible exhibits all these characteristics of a miracle: its writers are continually reminding us that they were the instruments of revelation, not the originators of the message. “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit”, explains the Apostle Peter (2 Peter 1:21); and even the Lord Jesus himself, “the Word made flesh”, admitted that he too had been the subject of this miraculous work of God: “For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, He gave me a
commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak” (John 12:49).
This miraculous work, most often referred to as inspiration, can be seen in operation throughout the pages of the Bible. For whether through dreams, visions, prophets, apostles, or angelic messengers, the Spirit of God is presented as the moving force behind the message. It is this, above all, that explains why the Bible has so much to tell us which, as human beings, we simply would not otherwise know. It is the miracle of revelation which brings the things of God into the arena of human understanding. The Bible is
the word of God made print.
Looking to the East and the West for Truth
Testimony to Bible Truth
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- This month’s survey question: Does God Exist?
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- Archeological Findings the name of God YHWH
- The Bible: God’s Word or pious myth?
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- Bible word of God, inspired and infallible
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #1 Creator and His Prophets
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously
- Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #4 Words in Scripture
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- Proclaiming shalom, bringing good news of good things, announcing salvation
- The Gospel was Preached in All the World
- Isaiah prophet and messenger of God
- Angels Preach the Gospel
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- What is the evidence that the Bible is special?
- Why believing the Bible
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- Bible guide Taking the Bible as a lead
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- Bible for you and for life
- Bible like puddle of water
- Bible power to change
- Possibility to live
- Power in the life of certain
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- Unread bestseller
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- A Bible Falling Apart Belongs to Someone who isn’t
- The “Recieved” Text
- Seminar on Bible Translation in Prague
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- Paraphrases and Translations
- Accuracy, Word-for-Word Translation Preferred by most Bible Readers
- King James Bible Coming into being
- Celebrating the Bible in English
- The NIV and the Name of God
- Use of /Gebruik van Jehovah or/of Yahweh in Bible Translations/Bijbel vertalingen
- The Most Reliable English Bible
- NWT and what other scholars have to say to its critics
- 21st Century Version of the Christian Scripture or Mark Heber Miller Bible
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- What is the Basis for New Translations
- The manager and Word of God
- Scripture alone Sola Scriptora
- Bric-a-brac of the Bible
- We should use the Bible every day
- The Bible is a today book
- Feed Your Faith Daily
- Working on the Bible being like re-wiring an old house
- The truth is very plain to see and God can be clearly seen
- How to look for and how to handle the Truth
- Determined To Stick With Truth.
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- How much of the Bible should a person know before accepting Jesus as their Savior? (matthewayars.wordpress.com)
“How much of the Bible should a person know before accepting Jesus as their Savior?”, I would like to respond to the question, “How much of special revelation must a person know before accepting Jesus as their Savior?” With this, I’m simply substituting “special revelation” for “the Bible”. In defending my reason for this substitution comes my response to the question.
- The Connectedness of Evangelism and Revelation (matthewayars.wordpress.com)
This post, by no means claiming to be exhaustive, suggests three reasons why evangelism and the topic of revelation are necessarily connected: (1) because of the nature of the person of Jesus Christ, (2) because of the nature of the Gospel, and (3) because of the nature of communicating the gospel. Providing a framework for discussion, this essay also highlights critical components at work in the concept of “Revelation” as specifically pertains to evangelism.
- The Bible; in it God reveals absolute Truth (principlesforthechristianlife.wordpress.com)
Believe in the inerrancy of the Bible– 1) The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years and has more than 40 authors. 2) The authors wrote it on three different continents in 3 different languages. 3) The authors penned their words with agreement and harmony 4) “The Lord spoke” is used 560 times in the first 5 books of the Old Testament (Pentateuch), and 3800 times in the entire OT. 5) Isaiah claimed that his message was from God 40 times; Jeremiah- 100 times; and Ezekiel- 60 times. The Bible is a library of 66 unique books of various kinds by many authors in different contexts over 1600 years. But it is only one book: the whole of it forms is a richly textured story of God’s loving purpose in relation to humans and the whole creation.
- Of Gods and Languages: On “When God Spoke Greek” (lareviewofbooks.org)
These days the Christian Bible is usually regarded as the Greek New Testament added to the Old Testament, which is a reordering of the Hebrew Bible. If we read the Bible in English, we do so in the assurance that the first part is soundly translated from the Hebrew and the second from the Greek. Catholics include some Jewish Apocrypha, those Scriptures without Hebrew originals (and several most likely composed in Greek anyway), while Protestants reject them.
- ‘Bible’s New Hope’ Is a Visual and Spiritual Revelation (prweb.com)
The Bible is a constant reminder of God’s endless wisdom and undying love for mankind. Throughout the centuries, it has been used as a means for man to interpret God’s will. In “Bible’s New Hope”, author Victoria Power conveys her own understanding of the Bible and its many psalms and verses.
- Why I Love the Bible (richardmansel.com)
To me, the Bible is more than just a book. It is a living thing, breathing wisdom and power. It is a message from God and a window to the future. Nothing else exists like the Bible in the entire universe.
We study, learn and live God’s Word, and it is always prescient and pertinent. A student can never grow bored studying Scripture and should continually humble themselves before its brilliance.
- How do you know that the Bible is really Divinely inspired? (924jeremiah.wordpress.com)
The ages of some manuscripts differ by centuries. It is important that we understand how our Bible came into being and what a tenuous thing its existence really is. After all, who’s to say that the Bible you read is really the correct one? Within the Christian Church there are several different biblical canons (collections of books) in use. Some denominations include more books in their Bibles—books which they believe to be every bit as inspired as the rest of Scriptures. Yet other branches of the Church reject these books as not inspired enough to warrant a place within our sacred Scriptures. Some Bibles include additional material for the books of Daniel, Esther, Psalms, and Jeremiah—material that other Bibles intentionally leave out.
- A Response to Tom Pennington’s Seven Cessationist Arguments (holyspiritactivism.wordpress.com)
For a Bible-believing Christian who thinks that we should base our lives on the life and teaching of Christ, the burden of proof lies on the cessationist, not on the continuationist. Jesus commanded his disciples to heal the sick and cast out demons (Mt 10:6-8), and then he ordered them after His miraculous resurrection to teach their disciples everything He had commanded them (Mt 28:20). It’s Tom Pennington’s job to prove that we should not do the stuff that Jesus and His disciples did, the burden of proof does not lie on the charismatics.
- John MacArthur Answers His Critics (challies.com)
The Word of God is our authoritative rule for faith and practice—meaning that it is perfectly sufficient for teaching sound doctrine and governing right living. Certainly, an orthodox pneumatology fits under that umbrella.
- Bible containing scientific information (steppingtoes.wordpress.com)
Does the Bible contain scientific information unknown at the time? Answered by Jonathan Burke Some attempts to find scientific knowledge in the Bible are misplaced.
- Why the Gospels are Historical Fiction (vridar.org)
By “historical fiction” I mean a fictitious tale, whether it is a theological parable or not, set in a real historical time and place. Authors of “historical fiction” must necessarily include real historical places and real historical persons and events in their narrative or it will be nothing more than “fiction”. Ancient authors are known to have written “historical fiction” as broadly defined as this.
- Studies about the bible (slideshare.net)
- Why is the Bible so hard to understand? (lifereference.wordpress.com)
So if the Bible is God’s revelation to Mankind, then do we suppose that it requires a lawyer to understand it? OK, in modern society, if the Bible were the government’s revelation to Mankind, it would require many lawyers and several courts to interpret, but it isn’t from government, it’s from God. God created us to be in fellowship with Him, why would He make His revelation so complicated that we couldn’t understand it? (Please pause a minute and think about it)
We let our traditions interfere with our understanding by buying into the old notion that only certain experts can interpret it.
- The Book of Daniel: Does this book tell your future? (ddclaywriter.wordpress.com)
You won’t find help for choosing a mate, buying a car, determining how rich you will become or how long you will live, but since you are part of the human race then your future is told in the book of Daniel.
- What if the bible prophets were wrong? (ddclaywriter.wordpress.com)
Are the well-meaning bible prophecy students and teachers right and the Lord Almighty didn’t realize that Artaxerxes was the one who would give the decree?
- Going Through the Valley (ourdailybread101.wordpress.com)
If you are in the valley today, remember that you wouldn’t be there had there not been mountains to cross. There is vision in the valley and hope in the hills.
- The Preincarnate Christ, Part II: Prophecy- (stomson2001.wordpress.com)
The Old Testament is filled with prophecies. Some have been fulfilled and others will soon be fulfilled. The Old Testament was completed around 400 B.C. There are over 300 prophecies that all point to Jesus Christ. Jesus fulfilled 30 prophecies during His crucifixion alone! No one else in history could ever do this because of the uniqueness of the circumstances.
- Hiding in the New Testament (924jeremiah.wordpress.com)
How well do you want to know your God? The answer to this question is determining where you hang out in the Bible. Plenty of Christians prefer to hide out in the New Testament, virtually ignoring the first two thirds of the Bible except for an occasional Messianic prophesy. This is most unfortunate. How can we know our God while we ignore most of what He said? Do you realize there are far more direct quotes from God found in the Old Testament than there are in the New? Has someone taught you that Jesus is the only Member of the Trinity that you should be focusing on as a Christian? If so, they gave you some very bad advice.
Many New Testament focused Christians will try to tell you that the Old Testament is all about Jesus. This is a ridiculous statement that simply advertises the that fact these people don’t know their Bibles well at all. The Old Testament is not about Jesus, it’s about His Father. It is a long testimony of how much He desires to be in relationship with us, how patient He is, how much personal torment He endures in the face of our constant rebellion. The Old Testament gives power to the statement “For God so loved the world.”