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.
6. “I Have Put My Words In Thy Mouth
How did Isaiah write? When he was an old man, Dr. I. M. Haldeman, pastor of the First Baptist Church in New York City, wrote me and with trembling handwriting called my attention to Isaiah 51:16: “And I have put my words in thy mouth.”
This talks of the inspiration not only of the Book of Isaiah but of all the Bible as well. Isaiah wrote as God put the words in his mouth.
In Jeremiah 1:9 the same truth comes out:
“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.”
Later in the book God tells in some detail how He wrote it down.
“Thus speaketh the [to Jeremiah], Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.”
“And these are the—Jeremiah 30:2, 4.
Not just the general thought, these are the words God gave.
Later we find that the king cut up the manuscript and threw it in the fire. God said, “Jeremiah, go back and write the same words.” He wrote the same words of the Lord, and many other words which God gave him.
The words in the Bible are the words of God. That is verbal inspiration.
See this verbal inspiration in Ezekiel 2:7:
“And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.”
Now see chapter 3, verse 4:
“And he said unto me, Son of man, go, get thee unto the house of Israel, and speak with my words unto them.”
With whose words? God’s words.
You say, “Then he was only a puppet.” Call it what you want to. Do you want Ezekiel bigger than God? Do you want it to be Ezekiel’s wisdom instead of God’s wisdom? Do you want the authority of Ezekiel instead of God’s authority? No. The words are God’s words.
To Be Continued . . .
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