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2 K. 17: 13 The LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.
your evil ways, and keep my commandments, and
2 Ch. 34: 21 Our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book. - 36: 21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah.
Neh. 9: 30 Many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy Spirit in thy prophets.
Jer. 1: 9 Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. -36: 1 And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, 2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.
Zec. 7: 12 Yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the LORD of hosts hath sent in his Spirit by the former prophets: therefore came a great wrath from the LORD of hosts.
Lk. 1: 70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began.
Ac. 1: 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost, by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.-3: 18 Those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled 28: 25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers.
Rom. 3: 2 Unto them were committed the oracles of God. [1 Pet. 4: 11.]
1 Cor. 2: 12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. 13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.
Gal. 1: 11 I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man: 12 For I neither
Inspired - everlasting truth
received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.
- will be fulfilled.
1 Th. 2: 13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.
2 Tim. 3: 16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Heb. 1: 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son.
2 Pet. 1 18 This voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy: whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
41. Bible, the everlasting truth of God.
Ps. 19: 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 93: 5 Thy testimonies are very sure. 119: 142 Thy law
is the truth.
Is. 25: 1 Thy counsels of old are faithfulness and truth. 40: 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
42. Bible will be fulfilled.
Mat. 5: 17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily, I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. - 24: 35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my
shall not pass away.
Lk. 16: 17 It is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail. 24: 44 He said unto to them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
Confirmed by miracles confirmed by prophecy.
Jn. 10: 35. The scripture cannot be broken.
Ac. 1: 16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus. -3: 18. But those things which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. [See 284.]
43. Miracles wrought to confirm the word of God.
Exod. 4: 4. The LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: 5 That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee. 14: 31 Israel saw that great work which the Lord did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. - 19: 9 The Lord said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever.
1 K. 18: 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt-sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench. 39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD he is the God.
Mk. 16: 20 They went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following.
Jn. 3: 1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God; for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him.
Ac. 8: 6. The people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 14: 3 Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands.
Heb. 2: 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost. [See 77.]
44. Bible confirmed by prophecy.
Gen. 49: 10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a
Confirmed by prophecy - its internal evidences.
lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come: and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.
See also David's prophecy of the resurrection of Christ, (Ps. 16: 10;) and Isaiah's prediction of Christ, (Is. 7: 14, and 35: 3-6; and 53d chap. entire ;) and his prophecy against Babylon, (Is. 13: 17-22, and 14: 22, 23; and 47th chap. entire ;) and his prophecy of Cyrus, (Is. 45: 1—3;) and Jeremiah's prophecy against Babylon, (Jer. 50: 23-40, and 51: 30-44;) and Ezekiel's prophecy respecting the overthrow of Tyre; (Ezk. 26: 7—11;) and Nebuchadnezzar's invasion of Egypt, (Ezk. 29: 18-20;) and Daniel's interpretation of Nebuchadnezzar's dream, (Dan. 2: 31-35;) and his prophecy respecting the rise and power of antichrist, (Dan. 7: 24, 25, and chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12, entire ;)
and Nahum's prophecy respecting the overthrow of Nineveh, in the 2d and 3d chapters of Nahum; and Zephaniah's prophecy against Nineveh, (Zep. 2: 13-15;)—and Zechariah's prediction respecting the 30 pieces of silver paid Judas, (Zec. 11: 12, 13;)-and Christ's prophecy respecting the Temple, (Mat. 24: 1, 2, 15, 16, 21;) and respecting Jerusa lem, (Lk. 19: 43, 44;) and Paul's prophecy respecting the man of sin, (2 Th. 2: 3, 4.)
45. Bible confirmed by its internal evidences.
1. By revelations above reason and human capacity.
Gen. 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Ps. 19: 12 Who can understand his errors ?-49: 11 Their inward thought is, that their houses shall continue for ever, and their dwelling-places to all generations; they call their lands after their own names.
Pr. 16: 4 The LORD hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
Is. 40: 17 All nations before him are as nothing; and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity.
Jer. 17: 9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
1 Cor. 15: 35 Some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
2 Tim. 1: 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel.
2 Pet. 3: 10 The day of the Lord will come as a thief in
The true standard.
the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
1 Jn. 4: 8 He that loveth not, knoweth not God; for God is love.-5: 7 There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are
Rev. 20: 11 I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.-22: 16 I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning-star.
2. By the purity of its requirements.
Ps. 119: 7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. 8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. Pr. 30: 5 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. [See 47, 285.]
46. Bible, the true standard of faith and practice - danger of false standards.
Is. 8: 20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.
Mat. 15: 3 He answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, Honor thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 5 But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me; 6 And honor not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.
Mk. 7: 7 In vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. 8 For, laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 He said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Jn. 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.