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THE BIBLE - OUR ONLY SOURCE OF REVELATION

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached on Lord's Day Morning, September 4, 2005
at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:16-17).


We believe in the plenary, verbal inspiration of the Bible. "Verbal" means that the original Hebrew and Greek words of the Bible were given by inspiration from God. "Plenary" means "entire." We believe that the entire Bible, from the beginning to the end, was given by inspiration from God. "Inspiration" is from the Greek word "theopneustos." It means "God breathed." Dr. W. A. Criswell said,

The origin of Scripture is stated: It is "God breathed" (theopneustos Greek), [that is], the words of Scripture are to be received as from God Himself…Second Peter 1:21 furnishes additional evidence that the Holy Spirit communicated to the authors of Scripture precisely those [words] which God desired to transmit. Because it is all "breathed out" by God, it is profitable in four ways: (1) "for doctrine" - to know what to believe, (2) "for reproof" - to discern what not to believe, (3) "for correction" - to learn what not to do, and (4) "for instruction in righteousness" - to understand what should be done (W. A. Criswell, Ph.D., The Criswell Study Bible, note on II Timothy 3:16).

"All scripture is given by inspiration of God [God-breathed], and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works"
     (II Timothy 3:16-17).

Now turn to II Peter 1:20-21. Let us stand and read those two verses aloud.

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (II Peter 1:20-21).

You may be seated.

"No scripture is of any private interpretation." That means no part of the Bible was written through the opinion of man. Human beings did not set down their own words or ideas when they wrote the Bible. The words came from God. This also means that we are not supposed to say, "That's what it means to me." To understand the Bible, we must take it literally. We must say, "This is what it means on the page of Scripture," not "this is what it means to me." It doesn't matter what it means to you. It only matters what it means on the page - as written. "No prophecy of scripture is of any private interpretation." We have hundreds of false religions today because people "privately interpret" the Bible, instead of simply believing it and obeying it.

The next thing II Peter 1:20-21 teaches is that the authors of the Bible were "moved" by the Holy Spirit. "Pherometha," in Greek, means that their minds were "carried along" by God as they wrote down the words of Scripture in Hebrew and Greek. Dr. Criswell said, "Scripture is infallible precisely because the Holy Spirit 'bore along' the [authors of the Bible]" (ibid., note on II Peter 1:20-21).

That is the reason why every sermon we preach starts with a text, a verse of Scripture. The sermons I preach have their authority, not in what I say or what I think, but the authority of what I preach comes from the Bible, the Word of God.

And that is the reason you should read the Bible every day. You must read the Bible daily to know the mind of God, and to become a strong and fruitful Christian. Spurgeon said,

Read the Bible, and it brings you into the association of the best people that ever lived. You stand beside Moses, and learn his meekness; beside Job, and learn his patience; beside Abraham, and learn his faith; beside Daniel, and learn his courage to do right; beside Isaiah, and learn his fiery indignation toward evildoing; beside Paul, and catch something of his enthusiasm; beside Christ, and feel His love (C. H. Spurgeon).

Please turn in your Bible to Psalm 119:11. Let us stand and read that verse aloud.

"Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee" (Psalm 119:11).

We must read the Bible and think about it, hide it in our hearts, to live the Christian life.

Now read aloud verse 18.

"Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law" (Psalm 119:18)

"Thy law" means "the Bible." We should pray for God to open our spiritual eyes to see the wondrous truths in the Bible.

Now read aloud verse 99.

"I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation" (Psalm 119:99)

You may be seated. This verse says that, if you think and meditate on the words of the Bible, you will have more correct ideas than your teachers in a secular school. They will tell you to believe in evolution. But they have no understanding of the truth. Your teachers will tell you many harmful and untrue things - but if you read the Bible, and meditate on it, you will "have more understanding than all [your] teachers." Now turn to verse 130. Please remain seated and read it out loud.

"The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple" (Psalm 119:130).

Notice that this refers to God's words, in the 66 books of the Bible - not to human words - not to the Koran, or the Book of Mormon, or the writings of some false teacher - but to the words of the Bible alone!

Let us turn to Psalm 19:7. Here "the law of the Lord" and "the testimony of the Lord" both mean the Bible. Then in verse 10 we are told that the Bible is to be desired more than gold.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple… More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb" (Psalm 19:7, 10).

The Bible points you to Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God. He died on the Cross to pay the penalty for your sins. He rose physically from the dead and ascended back to Heaven, where He is seated on the right hand of God. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved" (Acts 16:31). Amen!

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Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: II Timothy 3:15-17.
Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:
"I Know the Bible is True" (by B. B. McKinney, 1886-1952).


THE OUTLINE OF

THE BIBLE - OUR ONLY SOURCE OF REVELATION

by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (II Timothy 3:16-17).

(II Peter 1:20-21; Psalm 119:11, 18, 99, 130;
Psalm 19:7, 10; Acts 16:31)