Christ and The Bible – John R. Rice – 3

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main pic - john r. rice John R. Rice (December 11, 1895 – December 29, 1980) Preacher … evangelist … revivalist … editor … counselor to the thousands … friend to millions—that was Dr. John R. Rice, whose accomplishments were nothing short of miraculous. Known as “America’s Dean of Evangelists,” Dr. Rice made a mighty impact upon the nation’s religious life for some sixty years in great citywide campaigns and in Sword of the Lord conferences.

Like many other strong fighters for the faith, Rice was also marked with a sincere spirit of compassion. Those who knew him best knew a man who loved them. In preaching, in prayer and in personal life, Rice wept over sinners and with saints.

The Infallible Inspiration of the Bible

“Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.” – Mark 8:38.

2. Bible Claims Perfection

Note that inspiration—the fact that God breathed out the words—means the Bible claims perfection, claims the quality of deity, claims to be perfect, claims to be supernatural.

It is amazing that the same language is used about the Bible as about Jesus.

For example, the Bible is perfect. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul” (Psalm 19:7). That psalm has just said, “The heavens declare the glory of God;” but the heavens are not perfect. They will be made new. This universe is under a curse for man’s sin. But the law of the Lord is different from nature. Nature is not now perfect, but “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.”

It is not only perfect, but it works a miracle of regeneration. Furthermore, the Scripture says, “Every word of God is pure,” and again, “Thy word is very pure.” Moreover, the Bible is eternal. “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven” (Psalm 119:89). And again, “Every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever” (vs. 160). And Jesus said in Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Isn’t that marvelous? The Bible uses terms of perfection, deity, the supernatural and divinity about itself.

Not only that, but the Bible is living. The Scripture says, “The word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword.” The Bible is a living Word.

And we know the Bible saves: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” In 1 Peter 1:23 as well we read, “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.” The Scriptures say also, “Receive . . . the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls” (James 1:21). The Bible saves.

The miracle of regeneration is accomplished by the Word of God, actually by the Word of God, Christ the Word; and by the Bible, the Word, or the Gospel—supernatural perfection.

Inspiration means that the Bible claims to quote accurately direct statements from God.

Once two secretaries spent several days going through the Bible and through Young’s Concordance. They found some 1,800 times, as I recall, that the Bible said something to the effect of: “The word of the Lord came to Moses, saying,” or, “Thus saith the Lord,” or, “The word of the Lord came by Isaiah the prophet, saying”—giving direct quotations from God.

The Bible claims to give exact quotations; and when the Bible speaks, God speaks.

To Be Continued . . .

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*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the Holy Bible: King James Version. In Public Domain.

About Roland Ledoux

Pastor of Oasis Bible Ministry, an outreach ministry of intercessory prayer, encouragement and exhortation of the Word of God and author of the ministry blog, For The Love of God. I live in Delta, Colorado with my beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom we affectionately call Bella.
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