Christ and The Bible – John R. Rice – 8

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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.

7. “Every Word . . . Proceedeth Out of the Mouth of God”

In Matthew 4, Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy, but they are the words of Jesus. When tempted of the Devil, He says:

“It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”—verse 4.

Where did the Bible come from? Every word proceeded from the mouth of God. Did the man speak in his own vocabulary? No. He spoke the words that God put in his mouth. They may have fitted with the man’s vocabulary, and the man may have been largely acquiescent. He may have been glad to write down what God said, and he may have understood some of what God said—but the words were from God.

8. All Scripture “In the Words . . . Which the Holy Ghost Teacheth”

1 Corinthians 2:9-10 is the key passage on divine revelation, if there could be one key passage. There God says:

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

“But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.”

You don’t get it by eyewitness nor by ear—what somebody else said they saw—nor do you get it in your own heart and figure it out. “But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit.”

Verse 13 says:

“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.”

The divine revelation is that God gave the thought and the words to put the thought in. God gave the matter and the way to express it.

Did somebody write down words he thought would fit when he wrote the Bible? No. He wrote the words that God gave.

You say, “There are problems of style.” Yes, but God made the style.

The Bible is given by verbal inspiration, word-for-word inspiration.

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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 teaching, encouragement and intercessory prayer from the Holy Bible, the written Word of God and author of the ministry website, For The Love of God. He lives in Delta, Colorado with his beautiful wife of 50+ years and a beautiful yellow lab whom they affectionately call Bella.
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