4 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Introduction 2. God guided the Bible writers to unity in purpose & theme 3. God protected & spread Scripture— no man can destroy its message 4. The Bible’s perfect unity & harmony are evidence of God’s guiding hand 5
I. Many Different Writers A. About 40 Writers Spanning 1,500 Years Pentateuch written ca. 1,500-1,400 B.C. Malachi written ca. 400 B.C. 6
I. Many Different Writers A. About 40 Writers Spanning 1,500 Years 39 books of Old Testament translated from Hebrew to Greek ca. 250 B.C. (Septuagint) 7
8 44 And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.
9 13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
11 20 In which time Moses was born, and was exceeding fair, and nourished up in his father's house three months: 21 And when he was cast out, Pharaoh's daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.
12 9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
13 3 I am verily a man which am a Jew, born in Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, yet brought up in this city at the feet of Gamaliel
15 18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
17 9 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. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ 13 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.
I. Many Different Writers F. All Wrote of Things Beyond Their Background, Training, & Knowledge Rose above moral, social, & scientific philosophies of their age 18
20 1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;
I. Many Different Writers F. All Wrote of Things Beyond Their Background, Training, & Knowledge Harmony & consistency in their writings No contradictions on God or His will 21
22 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
II. Unity of Bible Doctrine A. Gen.-Rev.: Message of Salvation in Jesus Christ Every book of the Bible supports this theme 23 OLD TESTAMENT NEW TESTAMENT
24 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
25 6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.
26 23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
27 15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
28 3 …and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. ABRAMISRAEL
II. Unity of Bible Doctrine C. The Savior Has Come! Four Gospel accounts proclaim Jesus Christ the Savior has come: one story by four authors, with four themes, for four audiences 29
30 FOUR GOSPEL ACCOUNTS: JESUS CHRIST, THE SAVIOR HAS COME! AUTHOR MatthewMarkLukeJohn THEMEIsrael’s Messiah (King), Savior of all men Ideal Son of man, Servant, Savior of all men Ideal Son of man, Great Physician, Friend of sinners, Savior of all men God in the flesh, Savior of all men READERSJewsRomansGreeksGentiles
II. Unity of Bible Doctrine C. The Savior Has Come! Jesus Christ the Savior: theme of entire Bible Old Testament: He is coming Four gospel records (Matt.-Jn.): He has come Acts & Epistles: He will come again 31
32 24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.
34 1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
35 11 For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
36 31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah. ============================ 34 …I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.
37 9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second. 10 By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
38 6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.
40 9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul;
II. Unity of Bible Doctrine F. Divine Doctrine Harmonizes, Human Doctrines Contradict Old Methodist discipline (babies born in sin) VS new discipline (babies not born in sin) Old Presbyterian creed (oppose evolution) VS new creed (accept evolution) Churches opposed immorality, now accept it (consenting adults, alternative lifestyle, etc.) 41
43 30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: 31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
Invitation 2. God guided the Bible writers to unity in purpose & theme 3. God protected & spread Scripture— no man can destroy its message 4. The Bible’s perfect unity & harmony are evidence of God’s guiding hand 44
45 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.