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The Scriptures

Introduction (Isaiah 55:6-13

Isaiah 55:6-13 — Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: 7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon. 8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: 11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. 12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to the LORD for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.

  • The Word from God's mouth, will not return to Him void (God's Word has Purpose and Power to accomplish that purpose)
  • Genesis "Let there Be Light"
  • At the marrriage of Cana of Galiee, "Do everything he says to do"

1. The Writing

  • "the scripture(s)" 44 verses
  • graphe - a writing; a thing written
  • Often "Personified" (BUT A LIVING THING)
  1. as speaking with Divine authority, John 19:27; Romans 4:3; 9:17
  2. as possessed of foresight, Galatians 3:8; 3:22

2. The Opening of the Understanding

Matthew 22:29 — Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. ['who's wife' question in the resurrection]

  • Two Men on their Way to Emmaus, Luke 24:13
  • They thought Jesus was stranger, did not know him.
  • They were amazed at things that fulfilled Scripture they should have known.

Lu 24:25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

Lu 24:31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

  • then to the disciples

Luke 24:44 — 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. 45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,


Joh 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.

3. Fulfilling the Scriptures - They Must be Fulfilled

  • The scriptures are firstly, God's testimony, ever before it is received as man's testimony of God.

  • Being God's testimony, it is a thing to be fulfilled

Matthew 26:53 — Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

Mt 26:56 But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled. Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

Mr 14:49 I was daily with you in the temple teaching, and ye took me not: but the scriptures must be fulfilled.

  • The Law Fulfilled

Matthew 5:18 — For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

3. To be Witnessed Of ..

I believe ...

  1. In the Plenary Inspiration of Scripture

    • that the inspiration extends to all parts of the Bible equally (absolutely)
  2. In the Verbal Inspiration of Scripture

    • that the inspiration extends to the very words chosen, tenses, parts of speech.
  3. In the inerrancy of Scripture

    • Contains no factual errors.
  4. In the Infallibility of Scipture

    • Never teaches error
    • although it does records the sins and folly of men
  5. In the Authority of Scripture

    • it is the final authority in all areas of faith and practice.
  6. In that God has Preserved His Words and will preserve them.

    • Many Manuscripts: Hebrew Masoretic, Texus Receptus, KJV