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Series: Luis Palau | The Bible's Authority

This week on “Reaching your World ," Luis Palau will emphasize the Bible’s authority to instruct and guide us.  It is full of wisdom and truth that we can build our lives on.  There is no other book like it. 

What Should we Think About? Friday, January 3, 2020

If you watch futurist movies, you know one of humanity’s greatest fears is someone figuring out what you and I think about. Yet, what we think about defines almost everything else about us. So, why the deep fear? And, how do we overcome it?

We find the answer in the book of Philippians, chapter 4, verse 8. It says: “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things” [NIV].

This verse’s eight key words perfectly describe the Lord and His Word and they fill its pages from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22. Those eight words – true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, praiseworthy – describe all the heroes of faith. Best of all? They can describe you and me.

Many of my biblical heroes are women, both ideal and real. Ideal women like Wisdom and the Virtuous Woman. Real women like Ruth and Rebekah.

Like the beloved apostle Paul, let’s actively choose to think about what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy. If so, what we say and do will eventually reveal our Christ-like character to a watching world.

This is Andrew Palau.

The Bible's Authority - 4 Thursday, January 2, 2020

The very words of Scripture are inspired by God. Someone has said, “You can as easily have music without notes, or mathematics without figures, as thoughts without words.” Inspiration applies to every part of the Bible and to the Bible as a whole—not just to the “thoughts” it conveys to a reader.

In Matthew 5:18, Jesus said, “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of the pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” In other words, Jesus guarantees even the most minute parts of it.

The early church fathers also asserted the authority of the Bible. Augustine declared, “Let us therefore yield ourselves and bow to the authority of the Holy Scriptures, which can neither err nor deceive.” The Bible rings with authenticity. No other book has this divine stamp of approval. We can trust God’s Word.

In order to experience God’s filling, power and authority in our lives, you and I need to believe in the full authority of the Scripture and nothing less.

Let’s confidently declare God’s Word today, as we reach out to people in our world with His Good News.

This is Luis Palau.

The Bible's Authority - 3 Wednesday, January 1, 2020

I like the comment Billy Graham once made when someone used the Jonah story to “prove” that the Bible was fictitious. Mr. Graham said that if God was God, then not only could the fish have swallowed Jonah but, if God wanted, Jonah could have swallowed the fish!

In 2 Timothy 3:14-15, Paul could confidently tell Timothy, “Continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” Why could Paul say that? Because all Scripture is inspired by God. It is authoritative because it is God’s Word, not man’s.

In 2 Timothy 3:16, Paul could go on to say all Scripture is “God-breathed.” John Stott explains it this way: “The meaning then is not that God breathed into the writers, nor that He somehow breathed into the writings to give them their special character, but that what was written by men was breathed by God. He spoke through them. They were His spokesmen.”

Every time you quote the words of Scripture, you are God’s spokesperson. In each sphere of life, you can speak God’s Word.

This is Luis Palau.

The Bible's Authority - 2 Tuesday, December 31, 2019

When I hear people who claim to be Christians questioning whether the Bible really is God’s Word, I can’t help but wonder if they worship too small a God. 

Jesus Himself recognized the Scriptures as God’s Word. He even made a point of quoting supposedly controversial or “hard-to-believe” passages in the Old Testament in order to attest to their historical accuracy. Jesus gladly referred to the creation story, Noah and the flood, and Lot and the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus even referred to the Old Testament account of Jonah Many people today laugh at the story of Jonah and shrug it off as a fairy tale or a bedtime story for little children. Why? Because according to what knowledge they have, they think it is impossible for a whale to swallow a man and then vomit him alive out of his belly after three days.

First, the Bible doesn’t say that Jonah was swallowed by a whale, but rather by a “big fish” [Jonah l:17]. More importantly, the historical account is recorded in the Bible, and Jesus said it happened. If Jesus believed it, then why shouldn’t we?

As we try to reach our world, let’s quote the Bible with boldness and confidence. It has inherent power because it is God’s revealed truth.  Hebrews 4:12 says, “The Word of God is alive and active, sharper than any double-edged sword.” It penetrates.

This is Luis Palau.

The Bible's Authority - 1 Monday, December 30, 2019

I’ve met with tens of thousands of pastors around the world. In one city, I met with a group of nearly a dozen ministers. To say that I was shocked by our discussion may be a bit too strong, but I was certainly quite surprised by the serious differences of opinion we had on some basic questions. At least half of these pastors did not accept the Bible as the authoritative Word of God.

Several commented that they believed some Scripture passages were erroneous. Even more astonishing was their admission that when they are uncomfortable with portions of the Bible, they rationalize away such portions because they are “unscientific.”

Is it any wonder that in certain parts of the world the Christian church staggers? Who wants to listen to preachers who don’t believe the Bible is the Word of God? Where is their authority? Where do you draw the line between which passages of the Bible are inspired by God and which are not?

How should we respond to such attacks on the Bible? Charles Spurgeon responded this way: “Defend the Word of God? Might as well defend a lion.” It doesn’t need any defense. You and I can confidently follow in the footsteps of godly men and women down through the ages in acknowledging the Bible’s authority. “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” (Psalm 119.)

This is Luis Palau

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