Don Stewart :: Does the Bible Claim to Be God’s Inerrant Word?
The New Testament is also considered to be inspired of God for the following reasons:
All throughout Jesus’ ministry the divine origin of His words is stressed.
He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak (John 12:48,49).
In addition, Jesus said His words would never pass away.
Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away (Matthew 24:35).
That Jesus said His words would last forever hints at the idea they would be recorded.
The Promise Of Jesus
The main reason we believe that the New Testament has been inspired of God is the promise of Jesus. Before His death and resurrection Jesus made the following promises to His disciples.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14:26). But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, He will testify of Me. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning (John 15:26,27).
However, when He, the Spirit of truth has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come (John 16:13).
We have, at least, two promises of Jesus contained in these verses:
1. The Holy Spirit would guide these hand-picked disciples into all truth. [For clarification, this applies to all born-again believers – editor]
2. They would be given the gift of total recall of the things He said and did. This would guarantee the truth of their preaching and teaching as well as anything they would eventually write about Jesus. [I agree with these overall principles in general; though, the wording here seems a bit strong. “Total recall” seems a bit unlike how this probably worked. We can say with certainty that the Holy Spirit accurately reminded the disciples of what Jesus said and did at the appropriate times, which He does to us about Bible teachings we’ve read too. And this, alone, would not “guarantee the truth of their preaching,” necessarily. Because they still had free will, and were not automatic robots. They still had to obey and choose to be led by the Holy Spirit, which we then see happen; though, there was a learning curve – editor.]
The Gospels are New Covenant and Apply To Us Today — Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to lead the disciples into all truth and to REMIND them of what He taught them to do. Then they did it and we can too — unstoppable!
Jesus’ statements in ‘Revelation’ support the apostles’ NT church life teaching and also present a balance to the trendy, lovey-dovey view of God. Jesus also added a strict warning to not be altered :: The Bible can be trusted!
The Early Church Fathers and Biblical Authority 100-400 A.D.:“All writers accepted the inspiration and authority of Holy Scripture as self-evident. … There was no temptation to restrict its range to favored passages of the Bible.”
Who-Goes-To-Heaven Scriptures — Narrow is the Way | Who are the Children of God? — “There is therefore now *no condemnation* to those who are IN CHRIST Jesus, who don’t WALK according to the flesh, but ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT.”