Yesterday a friend asked how I would respond if someone said he did not believe that the Bible is inspired.
This is what I told him:
If the person is open to the truth, I would first prove that Jesus rose from the dead.
“Nothing is more crucial in the field of Christian evidences than the question of the divinity of Christ. Nothing is more crucial in establishing the divinity of Christ than His resurrection from the dead” (Batsell Barrett Baxter, I Believe Because . . ., p. 223).
“If our Lord said frequently . . . that after He went up to Jerusalem He would be put to death, but on the third day He would rise again from the grave, and this prediction came to pass, then . . . everything else our Lord ever said must also be true” (Wilbur M. Smith, Therefore, Stand, p. 419).
His resurrection validates all He claimed to be. It also validates all He said.
Jesus taught that the Scriptures are indeed God’s word and therefore authoritative, including the message of the apostles (Matthew 4:1-11; 10:1-4, 18-20; 15:3-9; John 10:35; 14-25-26; 16:12-23; 17:17).
H. C. G. Moule said it well: “Jesus Christ absolutely trusted the Bible, and though there are in it things inexplicable and intricate that have puzzled me much, I am going to trust the Book, not in a blind sense, but reverently, because of him” (quoted in Handley Carr Glynn Moule, Bishop of Durham: A Biography by J. B. Harford and F. C. MacDonald, p. 138).
It’s only logical.
Everything hinges on His resurrection.
If He did not rise, then we can dismiss Him as a deluded religious fanatic at best, or at worst a deliberate fraud.
In either case, we could not say, as so many do, that He was a good man or a great teacher, but not the Son of God.
But if He did rise, then our only logical recourse is to admit He truly is God’s Son (Romans 1:4).
And then take the next step: submitting to Him as our Savior and Lord.
It only makes sense.
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