TUESDAY, JANUARY 2
2 Timothy 3:16-17
“…For we cannot but speak the
things which we have seen and heard.”
A GOD-GIVEN RECORD
The Apostles were eyewitnesses who saw, heard and even touched the Lord Jesus Christ. Peter wrote, “For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty” (2 Pet 1:16). These gave them courage to face death even by the cruelest forms of execution. They “… cannot but speak the things which… (they) have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).
There were also other disciples of Christ, “…men which have companied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and out among us, Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection” (Acts 1:21-22). These men had first-hand understanding of the life of Christ. They were not hearers of the story but were eyewitnesses of what Jesus did. There were also women who ministered to Him (Luke 8:2-3).
Eyewitnesses may fail to see and remember the minute details of an incident. But through the enabling of the Holy Spirit, the Bible writers recorded infallibly the life of Christ. God who is All-powerful inspired the words and kept them pure for His people until this very age and forevermore. This God-given record can be fully trusted and believed for it was made perfect by the power of God. The record of Luke is inspired by God. The whole Bible is God’s Word, authored by God. And it is also perfectly preserved. By God’s providential care, we have today the very words that Luke personally wrote.
Do you have thoughts that the Bible may contain a few mistakes? Do you embrace the idea that the Bible was perfectly inspired in the past but, when it was copied, through the course of time, it was corrupted by the errors of men? Perish those thoughts!
THOUGHT: Do I believe the Bible is a record authored by God?
PRAYER: Lord, let me see the truth that Thou has perfectly inspired and preserved Thy Word. Let me believe Thy witnesses and Thine own witness of the inerrancy and infallibility of Thy Holy Scriptures.