How do we know that the Bible is the inspired Word of God ?
2 Peter 1:16-21
With Peter Veysie
Sunday 27th September 2020
George Methodist Church
World prayer day
BIOY(Bible in One year) this morning:
Psalm 113 From the rising of the sun to the going down of the same the Lord’s name is to be praised…
Ephesians 5 Light in the darkness.
Isaiah 65:17 New heavens and new earth… also revelation promise of hope for our childrend
I was running along Plettenberg beach on Friday and I became so overwhelmed by the creativity and beauty that surrounded me. There are millions of shells all along the beach and each one is different. There were two seals surfing in the waves and the water was crystal clear. I then began to think about the Word of the Lord and the historical stories and background to what I saw. Moses declares as best as he can, inspired by the Holy Spirit,the journey of a a relationship between humankind and the Lord. It’s full of highs and lows and ups and downs.
God is involved in human history. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. We have seen His Glory…” John 1:14
Nicky Gumbel says:
The word translated `God-breathed’ there, it’s the literal translation of it, because the Greek word theopneustos [qeopneustoj], it’s a transliteration, really: `God-breathed’. What the writer is saying is that the Bible is God speaking. Not that, sort of, God dictated the Bible. Of course, he used human authors. Over a period of 1500 years at least forty authors — kings, scholars, philosophers, fishermen, poets, statesmen, historians, doctors — they wrote different types of literature such as history, poetry, prophecy and letters. It’s 100 percent the work of human beings. But what the writer is saying here is it’s also 100 percent inspired by God. How can that be?
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training
In other words, this is the supreme authority for what we believe for teaching, rebuking.
It’s our authority for how we act, for correcting and training in righteousness. This is where we find out what is wrong in God’s eyes and what is right — how to live in a right relationship with God and with others. How to conduct our everyday lives, how to work — what the Bible says about work or about pressure, living under pressure. That it’s right to give and to forgive. It’s full of practical advice and wisdom — how to bring up children, care of elderly relatives, and so on.
So how in practice do we hear God speak to us through the Bible?
Well, first of all we need to set aside time. Time is our most valuable possession. Someone said, And then a place. Jesus, we read, went off to a solitary place, and there he prayed. He went very early in the morning, and I still find that’s the best time to do it. I know that’s not possible for everyone — people with young children and so on — but if you can find a solitary place.
I am sure you all have got that right but just in case you need reminding!!!
Let’s now look at the scripture for today which I found absolutely profound when answering the question: Is the Bible the inspired Word of God?
2 Peter 1:16-21 (TNIV)
 For we did not follow cleverly devised stories when we told you about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ in power, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.  He received honor and glory from God the Father when the voice came to him from the Majestic Glory, saying, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”  We ourselves heard this voice that came from heaven when we were with him on the sacred mountain.
 We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.  Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things.  For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
1. No cleverly devised stories but the Truth that sets us free.
2. Eyewitnesses of his majesty. The disciples were willing to die for this Truth.
3. Ratified by the Father- we heard His voice. Baptism and transfiguration.
4. Prophetic word that was completely reliable– this is a light shining in a dark place. If there is any more important time, it is now for us to pay careful attention until the day dawns. Morning star rises in your hearts. The Holy Spirit not only compels us but also convinces us of the Truth. There are many theories being put on social media right now and we need to be seriously discerning!!!!
No prophecy comes about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. How we read and exegete and preach needs to be in tune with the Holy Spirit.
5. We understand that although those who wrote were human they were deeply inspired by the Holy Spirit. Paul writes very clearly that all scripture is theopneustos- God breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,  so that all God’s people may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
6. How then do we find scripture inspiring us through the power of the Holly Spirit?
a. It convicts. Jn 16:8; Ac 2:37
b. It regenerates us. Jn 3:3-5; 6:63; Tit 3:5-7
c. It witnesses to us concerning Jesus. Heb 10:15; 1Jn 5:7
d. He is the author of assurance to us. Ro 8:14-16; 1Jn 4:13
e. The Holy Spirit is the inspirer of the Scriptures and our personal teacher. Jn 14:26; 16:13; 1Co 2:9-13; 12:3-8; 1Th 1:5; 2Ti 3:16; Heb 3:7; 2Pe 1:21
f. He dwells in the disciples of Jesus. 1Co 2:9-16; 6:17; 12:13; Ga 3:5; 4:6; 5:25; Ep 2:22; 3:16; 5:18; 1Pe 1:11; 1Jn 3:24
g. He sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts. Ro 5:5
h. He gives hope, joy, peace, liberty. Ga 5:22; 2Co 3:17
i. He is the Comforter. Jn 14:16,26; 15:26; 16:7; Ac 9:31; Ro 15:13
j. He sanctifies. Ro 8:6-11; 1Co 6:11; Ga 5:22-26; 2Th 2:13
A quote from Napoleon Bonaparte :
I know men, and I tell you Jesus Christ was not a man.
Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist.
There is between Christianity and other religions the distance of infinity.
Jesus Christ alone founded His empire upon love; and at this hour millions of people will die for Him.
Alexander, Cæsar, Charlemagne and myself founded empires. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Upon sheer force.In every other existence but that of Christ how many imperfections!
From the first day to the last He is the same; majestic and simple; infinitely firm and infinitely gentle. He proposes to our faith a series of mysteries and commands with authority that we should believe them, giving no other reason than those tremendous words, ‘I am God.’
The Bible contains a complete series of acts and of historical people to explain time and eternity, such as no other religion has to offer.
If it is not the true religion, one is very excusable in being deceived; for everything in it is grand and worthy of God.
The more I consider the Gospel, the more I am assured that there is nothing there which is not beyond the march of events and above the human mind. Even the impious themselves have never dared to deny the sublimity of the Gospel, which inspires them with a sort of compulsory veneration.
I would conclude by agreeing with Paul that all scripture is God breathed and written with the deep desire for us to be in relationship with the Lord.