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.
3. Bible Speaks With Authority of Things Otherwise Unknown
It claims to speak with authority on future events and past events that nobody but God could know. This majestic statement starts out the Bible:
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form.” – Genesis 1:1, 2.
Who could know that? God knew. He was there. Nobody else was there who could record it. The Bible is God speaking.
And future events? The Bible foretells future events with the authority as if they were present or as if they were past. Who would know those things? Nobody but God. So the Bible claims to be God speaking.
That is what inspiration means—that the Bible is breathed out from God; that holy men of old wrote as they were moved by the Holy Ghost; that the Bible is literally the Word of God; that the Bible claims perfection; that the Bible is alive, etc.
And the Bible claims to quote accurately God Himself, and the Bible speaks of past and future events with the authority that only God could have and nobody but God could know. The Bible, then, is inspired in that sense.
When we say verbal inspiration, what do we mean by “verbal”? It comes from the Latin word words are inspired.
Sometimes people say they believe in verbal inspiration, and teachers in schools and seminaries sign a statement of faith in which they say they believe in the verbal inspiration of the Bible. But some of these do not believe God gave the words. That itself is a fraud and a cheat.
There is no verbal inspiration except that God Himself gave the words, not in the English language but in the original manuscripts. As men wrote down the Bible, they wrote the very words that God told them to write. He is accountable not only for the ideas, not only for the matter, not only for the concept, but for the words in the original manuscripts as they were written down. That is verbal inspiration.
To Be Continued . . .
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