The Cause of Christ?

What if every time you handed someone your business card, it read “Christian”? Would the cause of Christ be advanced or set back?

The Bible says: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us” (2 Cor. 5:20 niv). We are the only advertisement Christ has for His life-changing gospel. And regardless of our “very reverend” title, if we are not reflective of his positive characteristics—he looks bad!

Truth and the Word of God

Truth is one of God’s attributes: (Jeremiah 10:10; John 1:14; 14:6; 17:3).

So when he speaks he speaks truthfully. God never lies. Numbers 23:19; 1 Samuel 15:29; Titus 1:2; Romans 3:3–4.

Paul states that Scripture is “breathed out” by God (2 Timothy 3:16).

So all that God “breathes out” is true. So the Word of God is true. John 17:14, 17; cf. Psalm 119:142, 151, 160; Revelation 21:5; 22:6.

The expression of Christi…

The expression of Christian character is not good doing, but God-likeness. If the Spirit of God has transformed you within, you will exhibit divine characteristics in your life, not good human characteristics. God’s life in us expresses itself as God’s life, not as human life trying to be godly.
– Oswald Chambers

The inspiration of the Bible

Doctrine of inspiration

The doctrine of the inspiration of the Bible contains at least the following seven elements:

1. Divine origin The origin of the Bible is divine.

2. Human agency The Bible was indeed written under the power of the Holy Spirit, but also through the agency of human writers.

3. The Bible is verbally inspired The Bible is a book consisting of words and so can be said to be verbally inspired.

4. Christians believe in the plenary inspiration of the Bible The whole of the Bible, and not just parts of it are divinely inspired.

5. Only autographs are inspired Only the autographs, that is the original documents penned by the biblical authors, are inspired. If the King James Version, or any other Bible version, should contain a tiny mistake that does not undermine the inspiration of the whole Bible. For Christians only believe that the Bible as originally given was inspired by God.

6. The Bible is inerrant Christians are happy to say that because Scripture is divinely inspired, it is inerrant and has no errors in it.

7. The Bible is the final authority Since Scripture is inspired and inerrant, it follows that it, and it alone, has final authority in all matters of Christian teaching and Christian practice.

Christian and the Bible

How important the Bible is to the Christian.

1. Study the Bible “Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15

2. Use the Bible to witness with “But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15

3. Defeat sin with the help of the Bible “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalms 119:11

4. Meditate on the Bible “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.” Joshua 1:8

5. The Bible equips us for Christian living “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:16

6. The Bible helps to keep us holy “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to thy word. With my whole heart I seek thee; let me not wander from your commandments! I have laid up thy word in my heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Psalm 119:9–11

7. Seek God’s guidance from the Bible “When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee. For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life.” Proverbs 6:22

8. The Bible shields us “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all those who take refuge in him.” Proverbs 30:5

9. The message of the Bible is to be spread “And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers.” 1 Thessalonians 2:13