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February 25, 2022 7:00 am
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The miracle of the Bible that God's word in turn with me to first Peter chapter 1 that I want to speak to you today on the subject. The miracle of the Bible.
What is this amazing book.
The Bible is alive it is authentic.
It is authoritative and it is absolute. It is the living eternal word of God. The foundation of our faith without the book, God's book.
We have no faith because faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.
We do not worship the Bible we worship God. But the Bible tells us who God is what God is like and how we relate to him how we communicate with him and how we worship him. Nothing matters more than this true that the Bible is the living word of God. Peter knew this and under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He wrote these words in verses 23 and following in chapter 1 of first Peter, since you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God for all flesh is like grass in all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever and this word is the good news that was preached to you I have loved the Bible since I was a small boy. I'm certainly thankful for a family including my grandfather who introduced me to the Bible when I was a small child. My love for God's word has only increased. So I want to bring you this message today on the miracle of the Bible and I want to mention for miracles of the Bible. So get your Bibles open and mark this down. One is the miracle of inspiration. The miracle of inspiration. Now the word inspiration literally means breathed out. And that's appropriate because the inspiration of the Bible means the spirit of the living God breathed out his work. He spoke his word and just as breath. I'm using breath in my lungs and through my lair.
The next to speak out the word of God.
This is my breath speak.
So God breathed out his word, the Bible is not an inspiring book, the Bible is an inspired book. The inspired book and there's a difference. Songs can be inspiring music can be inspiring, great literature can be inspiring. But God's word is inspired breathed out by God himself. But let me give you a couple scriptures on that during first Peter second Peter chapter 1 tells us what happened in the inspiration of the Scripture. Knowing this, this is verse 22nd Peter chapter 1 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone's own interpretation that it is not man-made for no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, here's what happened, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. The idea being carried along by the Holy Spirit. There is as it's like a sale catching the wind. You hoist the sale and catch the women and you are moved along these men. The writers of the Scripture. They were moved and motivated and managed by the spirit of God. This is a God book. It is the God given book and when the Bible speaks God speaks so second Timothy chapter 3 is another one.
All Scripture is breathed out, inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. So let's put this together. All Scripture is breathed out by God man carried along by the Holy Spirit gave us these words. Frankly, there are 40 or so authors or writers I should say of the Bible. Human writers, but there is one author. Many writers from various backgrounds, like the experiences, personalities and vocabularies, but only one author, God wrote the book facts is that the Bible is not a book but a library is a library of 66 books divided into Old Testament 39 books of the Old Testament and New Testament. 27 books in the New Testament, law and prophecy, and music and history and science and poetry and adventure with 40 different authors, and yet there is the unity and within it. The diversity and then the current continuity of the theme and the text and the truth of Scripture we believe in the verbal play. Mary inspiration of the Scriptures. The verbal play. Mary inspiration of the Scriptures. I've told you what inspiration means. What is it mean to say we believe in verbal inspiration. That means that the Bible when God inspired breathed out his word was not just in big ideas or ideals are truths or thoughts put into the heart of human beings who wrote their own works. No, the verbal inspiration of the Bible means that God breathed out his word through words, just as you can't not have mathematics without numbers. You cannot have the word without words. Jesus said that man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. Jesus said that heaven and earth will pass away, but there will not be a John or a tittle of his word that will pass away, not even a punctuation point on' or a punctuation of any kind, God has in verbally inspired his word so is in the detail not just in the big idea, but God gave us his word and he gave it through words – verbal meeting words play. Mary means all of the Scripture is infallible inspired and inerrant and yes I believe the Bible is the inerrant word of God. He use the personalities the life experiences the vocabularies of human being. But when these wrote the writers wrote it. They wrote down the word of God and the words of God plein air he means not just part of it is inspired. This is why Paul declared in proclaiming the word of God. We preach the whole counsel of God. Both Old Testament and New Testament. The Bible is true through and through this a miracle, not legends or lies or fables or fiction, but God's truth.
There are multiple evidences that the Bible is inspired breathed out by God but do you know to me the most compelling evidence that the Bible is the inspired word of God.
Jesus believed the Bible is the inspired word of God. In fact, he said I did not come to abolish the law of the profits but to fulfill them. Jesus believe the Bible and he taught from the Scriptures, and he practice the teaching of the Scripture. He often spoke of some of the most difficult and so-called questionable portions of Scripture and expressed his faith and belief in them. For example, creation, and Adam and Eve as being literal people, Abraham, the father of the nation, Moses and the 10 Commandments, Noah and the ark people question. Is that true is that a fable that is that a legend Jesus taught his truth because as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the coming of the Son of Man and then there's that fishy story about Jonah in the belly of that fish for three days and three nights. Jesus believed in part from that story. He said just as Jonah was in the belly of the fish for three days and three nights, so must the Son of Man, the son of God be in the belly of the earth. Speaking of his resurrection.
I don't know about you but I'm going with Jesus on the Bible and the truth of the truthfulness of God's work. Ultimately, the Bible is God's love letter to his children telling us how we can live eternal and extraordinary lot. The Bible is God's redemption story is the story of how he has rescued us from sin and death and hell, how he has delivered us from ourselves and forgiven us and filled us with me purpose in life is the all sufficient everything you need to know about God and sufficient everything in life and plan listening to PowerPoint with Jack Graham in today's message the miracle of the Bible brings fresh passion and joy to your faith with Dr. Graham's newest book, reignite an intimate account of how God let Dr. Graham to one of the darkest seasons of his life. Whether you're facing disappointment, doubt, depression, or heartache. Reignite offers insights to encourage you in your pain and help fan the flames of faith in your life and it's our way to thank you for your gift to PowerPoint. This is the last day of this offer, so can't say, when 800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627.
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Now let's get back today's message the miracle of the Bible. Miracle number two. We believe there is the miracle of reservation back to our text.
At first Peter chapter 1 says the grass withers, but the word of God stands forever.
God's word is alive and abides forever.
It is incorruptible, indestructible, and indefensible is living and lasting. Peter compared it to a seed.
There is life in the sea, the incorruptible seed of the word of God.
You cannot destroy the Bible through the years men have burned it banded buried it and damaged it, and yet the word of God lives.
It has been dismissed. It has been doubted it has been distorted. It has been discredited.
It has been denied.
But the word of our God stands forever. It is preserved and the same God who gave us his word has guarded his word and preserved it and protected it and propelled it from generation to generation its influence remains. Now, of course, the devil wants to destroy the Bible and always has. When the serpent slithered into the garden of Eden.
Genesis chapter 3 the first temptation came with these words has God said you never more like the devil than when you're putting a? On the word of God.
Its influence remains Bernard Ramsey was a great scholar set a thousand times over the deathknell of the Bible has been sounded the funeral procession form the inscription cut on the tombstone and committal read, but somehow, the court never stays put the Bible is alive.
Truth is eternal.
The Bible is true forever and for everyone. You will never wake up one morning and discover that God has lied and that the Bible is untrue. Like Jesus himself. The Bible is the same yesterday today and forever preserved protected. It is ancient, but alive. It is not a mere ancient relic or an old book as the writer of Hebrews says the word of God is living and active, sharper than a two edged sword like a scapula like a sword, piercing to the division of the soul and of the spirit of joy to the mall and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart is not a relic.
It is the relevant word of God, third miracle I want to mention is the miracle of illumination.
The miracle of illumination back. At first Peter chapter 1 verse 22. Skipping back a verse to verse 22 speaks of the word of God having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere, brotherly love, loving one another earnestly, from a pure heart.
He speaks of this word, and obedience to this word, purifying our hearts hell. So the psalmist put it this way in Psalm 119 and verse 18 open my that I may behold wondrous things out of your law, that is, the word of God before you can understand the Bible your eyes must be open spiritualize must be open now. A person without Christ is living in darkness, but we didn't see the light, who is Christ and our eyes are open not only to Jesus but to his word.
You will never know this book until you know Jesus, Paul would tell us that the natural person. The person in their natural state their unsafe state has no comprehension, no appetite or aptitude towards the word of God. If you're not a believer and you look at this and you realize that I just don't get it. People not like they don't get it.
There's a spiritual blindness, and I can tell you if a person has no appetite or interest or desire for God's word that person 99.9% of the time is not a say person because if you are say Christ is living in you. If you're walking in following Jesus, you will have a hunger for God's word but until you have Christ in your life you'll never you'll never know the Bible you'll never understand the Bible. Jesus the incarnate Word is inseparably linked to the Bible he is in an errant inspired word, the living word. Jesus and the word on the leaf the paper. The Bible are not the same but they are inseparably connected. This is why John exile on the Isle of Patmos spoke of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ, because that's what the Bible is all about.
In John chapter 5 verse 17 and 18 do not think that I've come to abolish the law, the prophets have not come to abolish them but to fulfill the truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a.will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Jesus spoke of how we are to understand the Scripture in chapter 14 of John's Gospel, but the helper, the Holy Spirit whom the father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I've said to you. Thus we have the Gospels because the Holy Spirit reminded the apostles the disciples Paul later, and others who gave us New Testament books the Holy Spirit moved on them and they remembered and they reviewed and they wrote the word of God.
Jesus said in John 16 verse 13 when the Spirit of truth comes, the Holy Spirit, he will guide you into all truth. Now this is Bible when Jesus left this earth. He gave us the helper, the counselor, the Holy Spirit, Christ lives in us the risen Lord is alive in us in the spirit of God convicts us and convinces us and converts up and then continues the work within us and counsels God speaks to us by his Spirit through his word.
God has given us the Holy Spirit to teach us to help us understand what God is saying that's called illumination is the illumination of the Holy Spirit is illumination of the holy Scriptures when the author teaches us and helps us to apply the word of God and appropriate its truth into our lives. Well one final word and that is the miracle of transformation.
When you read and study God's Word and meditate upon God's truth then your life is changed in first Peter chapter 2 and verse two, he says, desire, like a baby.
The milk of the word of God. God has placed a miracle in your hands, and he wants to get it into your heart. The Bible is a book small enough to hold in your hands, and large enough to study for a lifetime truly is a miracle book when you plunder it and personalize it proclaim it. It began its to change you and cleanse you. Jesus said, sanctify them by thy truth by your word, so the study of the Bible is not of academic interest alone is not so much about information and more. More information is about is is relational is transformational. It is personal.
It is life changing. Psalmist said your word is a lamp to my feet on the light to my path. It is like bread to the hunger hungry. It's like a fire in the so the psalmist said Psalm 39.
My heart became hot within the enzyme used the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue. When the fire of God's word is in you and you speak with your tongue. You cannot keep it to yourself. Speak with boldness and clarity.
The word of God and I pray this for you. You would have Jesus in the word of God, listening to PowerPoint with tank ran in today's message of the Bible, chances are you faced your share of crisis meeting or even in the fight of your life right now. Or maybe you're simply feeling exhausted by the busyness of life in Santa spiritual strength. Whatever your facing. We want to help fan the flame of faith in your life by sending you Dr. Graham's newest book reignite his personal account of how guideline doctors ran through his own crisis will help you focus on God during difficult season. See you can experience fresh passion and joy in Jesus and will send you a copy as thanks for your gift today.
This is the last day of this offer some: 800-795-4627 that's 1-800-795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint to 313131. And don't forget to visit Jack Graham.org you can shop how he store give a gift online or sign up for Dr. Graham's free daily email devotional our website again is Jack Graham.Margie Castro what is your PowerPoint for today. Well let me start by saying that while there in the minds of epics.
There's no question in the word of God as to the authority, the accuracy and the authenticity of the Bible and one of the greatest proponents of this fact is the Bible itself, God tells us throughout his word that the Scriptures are trustworthy and dependable.
Psalm 119 89 says forever of the Lord.
Your word is firmly fixed in the heavens and second Timothy 316 says all Scripture is breathed out by God. So you see the Bible is not a mystical existential experience, but rather all Scripture is breathed out from the very heart mind and mouth of God each and every word, the Bible does not originate with man, but with God. And when God breathed out the words of Scripture, he believes them into human instruments. Nothing was added. That should've been omitted and nothing was omitted. That should've been added.
But don't just take my word for the number one authority of the Scripture is the Lord Jesus himself. He learned the Scriptures as a child and believe them. In fact we even see Jesus in Scripture, referring to some of the very stories that some people struggle with most often. For example, in Matthew chapter 19 Jesus referred to the creation of Adam and Eve in Matthew chapter 24, Jesus referred to the account of Noah and the flood of chapter 12 Jesus spoke of Jonah in the belly of the fish. Not only did he believe the account he attaches his own resurrection to the reality of Jonah.
So you see Jesus trusted the Scriptures. He believed them and spoke from the and you can trust them to the Bible is inerrant, it is infallible. It is sufficient and it is supernatural. I urge you to settle this issue once and for all believe the word of God as Jesus fully and that is today. Remember when you give a gift to PowerPoint today will send you Dr. Graham's brand-new book, reignite as our thanks. Call one 800-795-4627 1-800-795-4627 can also text the word PowerPoint 313131 text PowerPoint 3131 enjoy Dr. Graham next time when he brings a message about the benefit of connecting with other Christians around that's next time on PowerPoint with Jack Graham PowerPoint with Jack Graham is sponsored by PowerPoint ministries