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THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST AND
THE RELIABILITY OF THE BIBLE

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Fundamentalist Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Morning, June 30, 2002


"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).


Evolution, in one form or another, lies behind virtually every subject that is taught in secular college and university classrooms today. In biology, the theory of evolution teaches that man evolved from lower life forms. In anthropology, it teaches that one culture evolves from another. Forms of evolutionary theory even appear in the study of literature and history. In liberal theology, evolution teaches that the idea of one God evolved from a belief in many gods, that monotheism evolved out of polytheism. Liberal theological professors in the schools I attended taught that the very Bible itself came to us through a process of evolution, as the Hebrew people "evolved" in their thinking about God and other subjects. The Encyclopedia Britannica says:

The idea of evolution has penetrated many other departments of thought. Anthropology and ethnology are permeated with it, and so are history and comparative religion (Encyclopedia Britannica, 1946, volume 8, p. 916).

When you take courses on philosophy and comparative religion in your secular college classroom you will be told that the ideas in the Bible "evolved," through a slow process, in the thinking of the Hebrew people. If you believe this premise it will harm your faith in the Bible. You will come to believe that passages in the Old Testament are not reliable, because the prophets had not "evolved" enough in their thinking. They will even say that the New Testament is unreliable because we have "evolved" even higher in our understanding today. If you believe what your secular college professor teaches, you will come to the place where you do not trust the Bible at all, either the Old or the New Testament. You will come to think of the Bible as an outdated book. You will think that we are much smarter now that we have "evolved" in our understanding of religion. The end result of this kind of reasoning is atheism. And that is exactly where the concept of evolution in religion took Friedrich Nietzche. And it drove him insane. Nietzsche had a sensitive enough mind that he simply could not cope with a world where there was no God. As Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer pointed out, it was not Nietzsche's venereal disease that drove him insane, it was his inability to cope with a world without God.

And many young college students go through a horrible experience, where they lose the faith they were taught in church, and they come out of secular college completely confused, and deeply depressed, as they try to live in a secular world in which God does not exist. Will that happen to you? Make no mistake, thousands of college students in America and the free world go through deep turmoil because they have been led away from God and the church through an evolutionary understanding of the Bible. I believe that this is one of the main reasons that suicide is so high among college students today. The more they learn, the less they believe - until they are robbed of their faith. Many of them break down mentally as Nietzsche did. Will that happen to you?

Don't be too proud to admit that it might happen to you. Thousands of others before you went to college cocksure that they could cope with the secularism there, only to find out that they had lost whatever faith they had, and ended up as hopelessly messed up as Friedrich Nietzsche. It might happen to you as well!

"Well," you say, "I don't want that to happen! What should I do to prevent it?" The answer is simple: let Jesus Christ have first place in your life. Don't just call Jesus your Lord - make sure He really is the Lord of your life - in every area of thought and action.

Jesus said:

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

When you come to the message of the Bible, you must consciously allow Jesus Christ to be your Lord. You must let Jesus Christ be your final authority in all things related to the Bible. That will save you from Nietzsche's atheism! That will save you from a hopeless, meaningless life! Don't just call Jesus your Lord! No! No! Make sure He really is your Lord. As you read the Scriptures, turn again and again to the Lord Jesus Christ - to see what He believed about the portion of the Bible you are reading. Let Christ - not some secular college professor - be the Lord of your mind when it comes to reading and understanding the Bible!

Now, what did Christ believe about the Bible? I have been reading the Bible for close to fifty years now. And I can tell you that Jesus Christ had complete faith and trust in every part of the Scriptures. He never doubted anything recorded by the Holy Spirit in this old Book I have in my hand. Christ believed it all!

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

I. Why call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about the creation of man?

Turn in your Bible to Matthew, chapter nineteen, verse four.

"And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female" (Matthew 19:4).

Jesus answered the Pharisees by referring to Genesis 1:27:

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them" (Genesis 1:27).

Christ had no questions about the direct creation of man by God. He referred to Genesis 1:27 without the slightest hesitation.

Now notice Matthew nineteen, verse five:

"And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain [two] shall be one flesh?" (Matthew 19:5).

Here Jesus is giving a direct quotation from Genesis chapter two, verse twenty-four. Please turn there in your Bible:

"Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh" (Genesis 2:24).

Christ made this verse the basis of His teaching against divorce. Please notice that Jesus did not question the direct creation of man by God, as recorded in Genesis 1:27 and Genesis 2:23-24. Just the opposite was true. Christ used these verses in Genesis to make His point. The Genesis account of creation was not only believed by Him, it was the whole basis of His argument to the Pharisees.

When you are confronted in your secular college classroom with the theory of the biological evolution of man, remember that Jesus Christ did not believe in it. Christ did not believe in Darwinian evolution. Christ believed in the creation account of the book of Genesis.

So, you are confronted with a choice: will you believe what Darwin said about the evolution of mankind from lower species of life, or will you believe the book of Genesis, the account of creation that Jesus believed in? If you do not believe what Jesus said, you should ask yourself,

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

II. Why call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Abel?

Please turn to Luke chapter eleven, verse fifty-one:

"From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation" (Luke 11:51).

That is a plain statement. Christ told the lawyers that the blood of Abel would be charged to that generation. I will not comment now on the blood of Zechariah. I want to restrict my comments only to Abel. Christ believed that Abel was an historical person. Abel was the second son of Adam and Eve, our first parents.

Your secular college professor will tell you that the account of Adam and Eve is only a myth. He will tell you that Adam, Eve, and their son, Abel, never really lived, that they are only "mythical" characters in the book of Genesis. But Jesus did not agree with them. He said that "the blood of Abel…shall be required of this generation" (Luke 11:51).

Turn to Genesis, chapter four, verse eight:

"And Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him" (Genesis 4:8).

Jesus believed that, and said so in Luke 11:51. You must choose whether to believe your secular college professor, who says that Abel was a mythical figure, or to believe Jesus, who said that Abel was a real man, who was murdered by his wicked brother. If you choose to think of Abel as a mere myth, then you should ask yourself,

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

III. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Noah and about Sodom?

Turn with me to Genesis, chapter six, verse thirteen:

"And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth" (Genesis 6:13).

Now turn to Genesis, chapter seven, verse twenty-three:

"And every living substance was destroyed which was upon the face of the ground, both man, and cattle, and the creeping things, and the fowl of the heaven; and they were destroyed from the earth: and Noah only remained alive, and they that were with him in the ark" (Genesis 7:23).

Like the account of Adam and Eve, these passages from the book of Genesis are called "mythical" by secular college professors. Before you dismiss the Flood as a "myth" you should read the evidence laid down by Dr. John C. Whitcomb and Dr. Henry M. Morris in their landmark book The Genesis Flood - The Biblical Record and its Scientific Implications (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1961). I believe that every college student in the English-speaking world should own a copy of this book - and read from it! Every pastor should own it, and preach from it occasionally. This book gives scientific evidence for the reality of the Great Flood.

But the greatest evidence for the Flood is what Jesus Christ said about it. Please turn in your Bible to Matthew, chapter twenty-four, verse thirty-seven:

"But as the days of Noe [Noah] were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be"
   (Matthew 24:37-39).

There can be no question, from these verses in Matthew twenty-four, that Jesus Christ believed in a literal, world-wide Flood. I say He believed in a world-wide Flood because He said "…the flood came, and took them all away…" (Matthew 24:39). Christ did not say that the Flood killed some people, as a local flood would do. No, Christ taught a world-wide Flood that "took them all away" (Matthew 24:39).

Now turn with me to Luke, chapter seventeen, verse twenty-six:

"And as it was in the days of Noe [Noah], so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe [Noah] entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be when the Son of man is revealed" (Luke 17:26-30).

These verses show that Jesus believed completely in both the Great Flood, and the destruction of the city of Sodom by fire from Heaven, as recorded in Genesis, chapter nineteen. These accounts were not "myths" in the mind of Jesus Christ. They were literally true accounts of historical events to Jesus Christ. If you do not believe these accounts in the Bible,

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

IV. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Jonah?

Please turn to the book of Jonah, chapter one, verse seventeen:

"Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah, and Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights" (Jonah 1:17).

Now look down to chapter two, verse ten:

"And the Lord spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land" (Jonah 2:10).

Remember that this "great fish" was especially created by God (Jonah 1:17). There has never been another fish like this one. It was especially "prepared" by God. Whether there was air located inside this special fish, or whether Jonah died inside the fish and was later resurrected, matter little. Both require a miracle. Dr. John Vernon McGee gave several reasons for believing that Jonah died inside the fish, and was then raised from the dead by God after the fish vomited him out onto dry land. Either way it took a miracle.

Jesus Christ believed in that miracle! Please turn in your Bible to Matthew, chapter twelve, verse thirty-eight:

"Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee. But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas [Jonah]; For as Jonas [Jonah] was three days and three nights in the whale's [great fish or sea monster's] belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonas [Jonah]; and, behold, a greater than Jonas [Jonah] is here" (Matthew 12:38-41).

Christ said that Jonah in the stomach of the great fish was a prophetic picture of Himself in the tomb. As the prophet Jonah was vomited out onto dry land, so Jesus Christ would rise from the dead, and come forth from the tomb. Jesus said that what happened to Jonah was a picture of what would happen to Him on Easter, when He came out of the tomb alive!

Christ had no question about the reality of Jonah. He based the prophecy of His own resurrection on the historical accuracy of the account in the book of Jonah. If we can't believe Jesus when he speaks of Jonah, how can we believe Him when He said, "Ye must be born again" (John 3:7)? If we can't believe what He said about Jonah, how can we believe Him when He said, "Except ye be converted…ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3)? How can we believe anything Jesus said or taught if we can't believe what He said and taught about the prophet Jonah? If you do not believe what Christ said about Jonah, Christ says to you,

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

V. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about all that the prophets have spoken?

Please turn with me to Luke, chapter twenty-four, verse twenty-five,

"Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken…And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself" (Luke 24:25,27).

These verses plainly tell us that Jesus Christ believed everything in the Old Testament Scriptures. He believed "all that the prophets have spoken" and said so - quite strongly and pointedly - to these Disciples. Jesus Christ did not question or doubt anything recorded in the Old Testament Scriptures.

If you think there are mistakes in the Old Testament, you do not believe what Christ believed. If you doubt the truthfulness of anything in the Old Testament, Jesus says to you,

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

VI. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He, Himself said in the four gospels?

Jesus said,

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).

Jesus, therefore, plainly believed that His own words would be recorded in the four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John), and would be there for all time. He said,

"Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matthew 24:35).

Some say that the basic stories and ideas of Christ are recorded in the four gospels, but that is not what Christ, Himself believed. Christ believed that His "words" would not pass away (Matthew 24:35)!

Now turn to Luke, chapter nine, verse twenty-six. Jesus said:

"For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed when he shall come in his own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angels" (Luke 9:26).

Anyone who is ashamed of what Christ said, anyone who is ashamed of His very "words," recorded in the four gospels, will find that Jesus is ashamed of him at the Judgment! That is what Jesus believed - and that is what He plainly said. So, if you do not believe what Jesus said, He asks you,

"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

VII. Why do you call Him your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about the testimony of the Apostles?

Please turn to John, chapter sixteen, verse twelve. This is what Jesus said to the Apostles:

"I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. 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. He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine [take what is mine], and shall shew it unto you" (John 16:12-14).

Plainly, Jesus told the Apostles that the Holy Spirit of God would guide them into all truth and glorify Christ, and give them the words of the epistles in the New Testament, and the book of Revelation. That is Christ's pre-authentication of the New Testament.

If you do not believe the things written by the Apostles, then you reject what Jesus said in John 16:12-14. If you don't believe the New Testament, it means you do not believe what Jesus said. Christ asks you,

"Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

The real question for your secular college teachers is not whether the Bible is true or not. The real question is this - is Jesus Christ your Lord? That's what I am asking you this morning, regarding the Bible. Is Jesus Christ your Lord? If He is, what problem do you have believing the Book that He believed? If Christ is not your Lord, then you will be in deep trouble when you die.


(END OF SERMON)


Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: Luke 6:43-46.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"He Is Lord"/"The Strife Is O'er"
  (Latin c.1695, translated by Francis Pott, 1832-1909)

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THE OUTLINE OF

THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST AND
THE RELIABILITY OF THE BIBLE

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46).

I.   Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about the creation of man?
Matthew 19:4; Genesis 1:27; Matthew 19:5;
Genesis 2:24.

II.  Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Abel? Luke 11:51; Genesis 4:8.

III. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Noah and about Sodom?
Genesis 6:13; Genesis 7:23; Matthew 24:37-39;
Luke 17:26-30.

IV. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about Jonah? Jonah 1:17; Jonah 2:10;
Matthew 12:38-41; John 3:7; Matthew 18:3.

V.  Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about all that the prophets have spoken?
Luke 24:25, 27.

VI. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He, Himself said in the four gospels?
Matthew 24:35; Luke 9:26.

VII. Why do you call Jesus your Lord if you do not believe
what He said about the testimony of the Apostles?
John 16:12-14.