Hebrews – Part 3: Jesus: The Danger of Unbelief

The writer of Hebrews stressed the promise of God’s rest is fully realized through Christ whereas unbelief in Christ will meet the severest punishment.

Prologue

“Jesus: The Danger of Unbelief” is part 3 of a 10-part study on the Book of Hebrews. You may view any of the previous parts by clicking one of the links below.

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Illustration

One great and fatal offense under the Old Testament was apostasy from the worship of Jehovah. This was punishable by death. It admitted of no repentance. The author strives to impress upon his readers that their danger was the same, their crime if they forsook Christ would be greater, and their punishment far more severe. It was greater, as much as Christ was greater than Moses, and His blood more sacred than that of bulls and goats. We need this caution and exhortation. – Source Unknown

Scripture

Hebrews 3 (NASB)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house. 3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end. 7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, And saw My works for forty years. 10 “Therefore I was angry with this generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they did not know My ways’; 11 As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ ” 12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15 while it is said, “Today if you hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.” 16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 Sowe see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-13 (NASB)
1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “and God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, through the corruption of sin in the world, we are creatures of unbelief. Help us to be ever mindful of Your love, mercy, and grace. Let us not forget the gift of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Thank You for Your longsuffering. Help us in times of unbelief. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Probing Question

How does belief in Christ determine receipt of God’s promised rest or the severest punishment of His wrath?

Transitional Sentence

Our belief in Christ determines our receipt of God’s promised rest or the severest punishment of His wrath because…

Main Points

1. Christ is Superior to Moses

Both were faithful

Hebrews 3:1-2 (NASB)
1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession; 2 He was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was in all His house.

Builder vs. Building

Hebrews 3:3-4 (NASB)
3 For He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, by just so much as the builder of the house has more honor than the house. 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God.

Servant vs. Son

Hebrews 3:5-6a (NASB)
5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithfulas a Son over His house—whose house we are…

2. Danger of Unbelief

Hebrews 3:6b (NASB)  6 …whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.

Israel’s Unbelief in the Wilderness

Hebrews 3:7-11 (NASB)
7 Therefore, just as the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts as when they provoked Me, As in the day of trial in the wilderness, 9 Where your fathers tried Me by testing Me, And saw My works for forty years. 10 “Therefore I was angry with this generation, And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart, And they did not know My ways’; 11 As I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’ “

Warning Against Unbelief

Hebrews 3:12-19 (NASB)
12 Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 14 For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end, 15 while it is said, “Today if you hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts, as when they provoked Me.” 16 For who provoked Him when they had heard? Indeed, did not all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? 17 And with whom was He angry for forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness? 18 And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who were disobedient? 19 Sowe see that they were not able to enter because of unbelief.

Hebrews 4:1-2 (NASB)
1 Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard.

Warning Against Not Entering God’s Rest

  • Necessity of Faith

Hebrews 4:3-11 (NASB)
3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 4 For He has said somewhere concerning the seventh day: “and God rested on the seventh day from all His works”; 5 and again in this passage, “They shall not enter My rest.” 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “Today if you hear his voice, Do not harden your hearts.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through followingthe same example of disobedience.

The “rest” is not referring to Canaan or present salvation but future promise of God. For if they had already possessed the rest, then they would not need to be urged to enter the rest. Rather, it is an exhortation not to be complacent. We have not arrived yet; it is something that they (and we) should “strive earnestly to enter”.

If “entering the rest” is a reminder for us not to be complacent, then “today” is an urgent reminder for us to accept God’s promise, His invitation. His promise is still available; but, it won’t last forever. If we keep on delaying the opportunity to accept God’s promise, one day we will live to regret it.

  • The Penetration of God’s Word

In addition to being warned against unbelief, complacency, and procrastination, we are warned against self-deception. We often think sins committed in private are not sins or don’t matter. Here, we’re reminded that nothing can escape from the scrutiny of God.

Hebrews 4:12-13 (NASB)
12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.

 Conclusion

How does belief in Christ determine receipt of God’s promised rest or the severest punishment of His wrath? Because:

  • Christ is superior to Moses
    • Both were faithful
    • Builder vs. Building
    • Servant vs. Son
  • Danger of Unbelief
    • Israel’s unbelief in the wilderness
    • Warning against unbelief
    • Warning against not entering God’s rest
      • Necessity of faith
      • The Penetration of God’s Word

Practical lessons to be learned:

  • Focus Our Thoughts on Jesus
    • Appreciate the esteemed position of Jesus in God’s household
    • If we associate with Him:
      • We are also accepted into the household of God
      • We enjoy the privileges Jesus gained for us through His sacrifice
  • Understand and Accept the Urgency to Repent
    • Do not to miss the opportunity to accept God’s invitation
      • God’s promise is still available, but it won’t last forever
      • If we keep on delaying the opportunity to accept God’s promise, one day we will live to regret it
    • Today Won’t Last Forever
  • Encourage Each Other Daily
    • This is why we come to
      • Worship together
      • Pray together
      • Study the Bible together
    • Even though we may belong to the minority group in today’s society, we should not and need not feel alone as we have the support and encouragement from each other
  • Take heart to Enter God’s Rest
    • Even when facing seemingly insurmountable obstacles
    • Let us hear the voices of Joshua and Caleb in our midst

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, may those who do not know You come to an everlasting knowledge of Your gift of salvation. May those who do know You grow in faith and obedience every day. Give us the courage, strength, and perseverence necessary to combat unbelief in our lives. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

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Epilogue

“Jesus: The Danger of Unbelief” is part 3 of a 10-part study on the Book of Hebrews. You may view any of the following parts by clicking one of the links below.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
  • If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know by participating in our poll located on the top left column of the page and filling out the Contact Form below.

I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Action

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I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expecttions for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

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Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
10  "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

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I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

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Seven Questions of the Resurrected Christ

Why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? What are you talking about? Are not these things foretold in the Scriptures? Children, do you have any meat? Do you love Me? And, if he stays alive until I come, what does it matter to you?

Opening Prayer

Heavenly Father, Abba, it has been your plan from the very foundation of the world to reconcile mankind to You through the atoning work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. May we never forget the depth and significance of His sacrifice. As we look at seven questions of the resurrected Christ, we pray that You have prepared us ahead of time, through the power of the Holy Spirit, to receive Your Word. May we meditate upon it and have it transform our lives for Your honor and glory. We pray this in the precious and holy name of Jesus. Amen.

Seven Questions of the Resurrected Christ

1. “Why Are You Weeping?”

John 20:15a (NASB)
15 Jesus said* to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? …

  • Jesus asked Mary, “Why are you weeping?”
    • She was weeping in her ignorance of the resurrection of Jesus.
    • Jesus had already risen from the dead.
    • There was no reason for her to weep. Instead, she should have been rejoicing.
  • Sometimes we forget the promises of God and the power of God and we drown ourselves in sorrow.
  • Jesus is asking us why are we weeping when He is alive to help us and deliver us.

2. “Whom Are You Seeking?”

John 20:15b (NASB)
15 Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said* to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.”

  • Jesus asked Mary, “Whom are you seeking?”
    • She was seeking a dead Jesus in the tomb.
    • Jesus had already risen from the grave.
  • The God we seek is not a dead, powerless, or helpless God.
  • We serve a living, almighty God Who will never leave us nor forsake us.

3. “What Are You Talking About?”

Luke 24:17 (NASB)
17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad.

  • Jesus asked the disciples on the way to Emmaus what they were talking about that was making them so sad.
    • These disciples were confused about the whole situation after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
    • They were ignorant of His resurrection and were still in deep sorrow, pain, and disappointment.
    • Their whole conversation was depressing and confusing.
    • Jesus wanted to help them out of this depressing conversation.
  • Sometimes we talk endlessly about our trials and those things, which we do not understand.
    • This only makes us sad.
    • Let Jesus reveal the truth to us, which will make us glad.

4. “Are Not These Things Foretold In the Scriptures?”

Luke 24:25-27 (NASB)
25 And He said to them, “O foolish men and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken! 26 “Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and to enter into His glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.

  • Jesus asked the disciples were not these things already foretold by the prophets.
  • They were foolish and slow of heart to believe what was already foretold.
  • Many times we are confused and perplexed because we do not search the scriptures diligently.
  • The answers, explanations, warnings, and predictions are already revealed in the Word of God.
  • We suffer needless fears and worries because we fail to read, understand, and believe the scriptures.

5. “Children, Do You Have Any Meat?”

John 21:2-6 (NASB)
2 Simon Peter, and Thomas called Didymus, and Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of His disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said* to them, “I am going fishing.” They said* to him, “We will also come with you.” They went out and got into the boat; and that night they caught nothing. 4 But when the day was now breaking, Jesus stood on the beach; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 So Jesus said* to them, “Children, you do not have any fish, do you?” They answered Him, “No.” 6 And He said to them, “Cast the net on the right-hand side of the boat and you will find a catch. So they cast, and then they were not able to haul it in because of the great number of fish.

  • Jesus asked the disciples on the sea did they have any meat?
    • The disciples had gone back to fishing and had failed miserably to catch any fish.
    • Jesus met the disobedient disciples and lovingly enquired about their welfare and, in fact, did a miracle for them.
    • He did not condem them in anger for having gone back to fishing.
    • He lovingly restored them to Himself and helped them in their difficulty.
  • The Lord wants to restore those who have gone away from Him and help them in their difficulties.

6. Do You Love Me?

John 21:15-17 (NASB)
15 So when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said* to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me more than these?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said* to him, “Tend My lambs.” 16 He said* to him again a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” He said* to Him, “Yes, Lord; You know that I love You.” He said* to him, “Shepherd My sheep.” 17 He said* to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love Me?” Peter was grieved because He said to him the third time, “Do you love Me?” And he said to Him, “Lord, You know all things; You know that I love You.” Jesus said* to him, “Tend My sheep.

  • Jesus asked Simon Peter, “Do you love Me?”
    • Three times this question was asked Peter, who had denied Jesus three times.
    • When Peter replied that he loved Jesus, he was given a responsibility to serve the Lord.
  • The Lord wants us to love Him first, and as a result of that love, He wants us to serve Him.

7. “If He Stays Alive Until I Come, What Does It Matter To You?”

John 21:20-22 (NASB)
20 Peter, turning around, saw* the disciple whom Jesus loved following them; the one who also had leaned back on His bosom at the supper and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 So Peter seeing him said* to Jesus, “Lord, and what about this man?” 22 Jesus said* to him, “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!”

  • Jesus asked Peter not to worry about His plans for John.
    • Jesus revealed to Peter his future and how he would die; but, Peter was curious about what would happen to John.
    • Jesus replied that Peter need not worry about God’s plan for John.
    • He wanted Peter to follow Him.
  • Jesus does not want us to waste our time and energy in trying to understand His plan for others.
  • He wants us to concentrate on following Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives.

Conclusion

Jesus asks:

  1. Why are you weeping? Jesus is alive to help us and deliver us.
  2. Whom are you seeking? The God we seek is not a dead, powerless, and helpless God, He is a living, almighty God who will never leave us nor forsake us.
  3. What are you talking about? Sometimes we talk endlessly about our trials and those things which we do not understand, this only makes us sad. Let Jesus reveal the truth to us which will make us glad.
  4. Are not these things foretold in Scripture? The answers, explanations, warnings, and predictions are already revealed in the Word of God. We suffer needless fears and worries because we fail to read, understand, and believe the Scriptures.
  5. Children, do you have any meat? The Lord wants to restore those who have gone away from Him and help them in their difficulties.
  6. Do you love Me? The Lord wants us to love Him first and as a result of that love He wants us to serve Him.
  7. If he stays alive until I come, what does it matter to you? Jesus does not want us to waste our time and energy in trying to understand His plan for others.  He wants us to concentrate on following Him and fulfilling His plan for our lives.

Closing Prayer

Heavenly Father, we thank You for the gift of Your Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Lord, when we suffer from sadness, worry, confusion, and other disenchantments, please help us with our unbelief and lack of faith. Encourage us through the Holy Spirit and Your Word. Remind us You are living and all powerful and that if we will only remember to come to You, seeking your strength, peace, and love, that we can overcome all obstacles to serving You in peace and love. Please lead, guide, and direct us in Your wisdom and righteousness. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Gospel Invitation

Is the Holy Spirit stirring within your heart? Is He convicting you of the need to make changes in your life and/or calling you to take action? The Bible says:

James 4:17 (NASB)
17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin.

1 John 5:3 (NASB)
3 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments; and His commandments are not burdensome.

If the Holy Spirit is urging you to take action, it is important to respond with immediate obedience. Delayed obedience is disobedience. Please read the following sections that apply to your current situation and prayerfully consider the suggested course of actions.

I am lost. I need to accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.

John 3:16-18 (NASB)
16 "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. 17 "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Action

  • To learn more about Jesus and His gift of redemption, read God's Plan of Salvation. If you are already familiar with the Plan of Savation, skip forward to section How to Become a Christian.
  • If you accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, please let us know by participating in our poll located on the top left column of the page and filling out the Contact Form below.

I am saved; but, I have sin in my life that I need to confess and repent.

1 John 1:8-9 (NASB)
8 If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Acts 3:19 (NASB)
19  "Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord;

Action

  • Fill out the Contact Form below to confidentially confess the sin in your life and your desire to repent. The information you send will not be shared with anyone else. Your privacy will be protected.

I am saved; but, I need to rededicate my life to the Lord.

Praise the Lord.

Action

  • In your own words, pray a prayer similar to the following:

Heavenly Father, I have fallen short of Your glory and have failed to live up to Your expecttions for me. Please forgive me. Lord, I rededicate my life to You. Not my will; but, Your will be done. Thank You for being a God of second chances. Use me Lord. Shape me and mold me into the person You would have me to be. I pray this in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. Amen.

  • If you just rededicated your life to the Lord, please let us know by participating in our poll located on the top left column of the page and filling out the Contact Form below.

I benefit from this ministry and want to become a member and/or make a donation.

Praise the Lord. We are glad you find Saved by Grace edifying.

Action

  • If you would like to become a member, please click "Register" in the "Log In" section on the top right column of the page. Members are allowed to comment on posts and other comments and may also provide Feedback.

Malachi 3:10 (NASB)
10  "Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says the LORD of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.

  • If you benefit from this ministry and would like to support its efforts, projects, and missions, please consider making a tax deductible donation, of any amount. May God bless you for your generosity.




I need to discuss my situation confidentially.

James 5:16 (NASB)
16  Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.

Action

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“Why Believe the Bible?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God.

At first glance, this would appear to be a circular reference, reviewing the Bible to determine why we should believe what it has to say. Nonetheless, we will take this opportunity to observe a few facts, placing them in the context of “What does the Bible say about it?”

The Bible itself claims not to be just the words of men, but the Word of God. In the Old Testament alone, these words occur over 4,000 times:

  • “God said,”
  • “God spoke,”
  • “The Word of the Lord came to me,”

seven hundred times in the first five books, forty times in one chapter. Hundreds of years later, in the New Testament, Paul wrote:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NASB)
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

But the greatest statement was made by Jesus Himself:

John 17:17 (NASB)
17 “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth.

What are some compelling reasons for us to believe the Bible is God’s Word and is true?

  • It is historically reliable.
    • The Bible is not just one book, it is sixty-six books
    • The Bible was written over a period of 1,500 years
    • The Bible was written by forty different authors
      • Living on three different continents
      • Speaking three different languages
      • Writing on many controversial topics
      • Yet they all wrote on one theme
      • And they all said exactly the same thing
    • From Genesis through Revelation there is a golden thread running through every book of the Bible telling the story of
      • How man fell
      • How God wants man to be redeemed to Him
      • How a blood sacrifice is necessary to pay for sin
      • How Jesus is that perfect sacrifice, redeeming man
    • The Bible is a collection of historical manuscripts
      • Written closer to the actual events than many of today’s other widely accepted historical documents
        • Julius Caesar – the earliest manuscript is 1,000 years after he lived and there are only a handful of those
        • Plato – the earliest manuscript is 1,300 years after he lived and there are only seven of those
        • Homer – the earliest manuscript is 500 years after he lived and there are only 643 of those
        • Homer’s Iliad is the most well supported, overwhelmingly confirmed, ancient text in the world, next to the Bible
        • The New Testament alone has over 5,300 Greek manuscripts, the earliest of which is just 35 years after the last book of the New testament was written
        • The Old Testament was provided additional support with the Dead Sea Scrolls
          • Discovered in 1947
          • Date back to 150BC, just 200 years after the last recorded event in the Old Testament
          • Contain fragments of every book
          • Contain the complete book of Isaiah
          • The text lines up 99.87% with what is in today’s Bibles
        • When taking into account the Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, and Latin documents
          • There are over 40,000 manuscripts that contain the Bible
          • Scholars believe we have 99.5% of the original manuscripts
      • No other historical book can make these claims
      • No archeological discovery has ever controverted a biblical reference, rather they continue to confirm historical statements found in the Bible
  • It is scientifically realistic
    • Many of the principles of modern science and medicine that are practiced today were recorded as facts of nature in the Bible, thousands of years ago
    • 1,500 years ago, people thought the world was flat, the Bible says it is round, or a sphere

Isaiah 40:22 (NASB)
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

  • In ancient times, doctors saw no need for washing their hands when operating on people, resulting in a high mortality rate in the early days of surgery, the Bible says

Leviticus 15:13 (NASB)
13 ‘Now when the man with the discharge becomes cleansed from his discharge, then he shall count off for himself seven days for his cleansing; he shall then wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water and will become clean.

  • It is prophetically right
    • No other book on the planet can match the staggering accuracy of foretelling future events like the Bible
    • 30% of the Bible is prophecy
    • In hundreds of instances, the prophecy is fulfilled hundreds of years after the one who wrote the prophecy has died
    • In the Old Testament alone, there are over 2,000 prophecies that have already come to pass
  • It is personally relevant
    • The first two chapters of the Bible answer the question “How did I get here?”
    • The third chapter of the Bible answers the question
      “What messed everything up?”
    • The rest of the Bible answers the question
      ”What is the solution?”

There are no questions about your life, that matter, which the Bible cannot answer. That claim cannot be made about any other book on Earth.

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