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Are all of the books in the New Testament Inspired?

Are All of The Books In The New Testament Inspired? One of the most fascinating patterns that one will see when he reads and studies the New Testament is the fact that all 27 books claim to be inspired by God. Consider with me a brief survey to support this point. Matthew. This gospel begins, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ,” which, by linking Christ’s lineage to the record of the Old Testametn, is a tacit acknowledgment that this book os a continuation of messianic truth. In fact, there is implied in the repeaded assertion that Christ is the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy (5:17-18, 21) that this book is an authoritative account of that fulfillment in Christ. The author closes his book with the command of Christ to teach the truth of Christ to all nations (28:18-20), which by implication is precisely what the book of Matthew is professing to do (10:7). Mark. Mark is entitled “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. As it is written in Isaiah the prophet.” (1:1) Luke. This book has a statement about its own character. In his writing Luke claims that it is an authentic “account of the things accomplished that Theophilus “might know the exact truth about the things you have been taught” (1:1, 4). Because Luke was closely associated with Paul, it has an apostolic connection as well. John. John is likewise clear about the nature of his gospel, saying that it is written “that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name” (20:31). Acts. As a continuation of Luke and of what Jesus “Began to do and teach’ (1:1), Acts claims to be an authentic record of the teaching of Christ through the apostles. Romans. The author of this book claims to be the work of an apostle of Jesus Christ (1:1). In 9:1; Paul says, “I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians. This book contains what “God revealed…through the Spirit (2:10; 7:40). Besides making authoritative pronouncements on morals 95:1-3) and doctrine (15:15), Paul asserts, “The things which I write to you are the Lord’s commandment” (14:37). 2 Corinthians. Theis book is introduced by an apostle of God (1:1), who strongly contests for his own authority (10:8; 12:12) and declares his lofty revelations from God (12:1-4). Galatians. Galatians states the case for its author’s divine authority as strongly as any book in the New Testament: “Paul, an apostle not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father)” (1:1). “For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ (1:12). Ephesians. This book, along with the claim to be written by an apostle (1:1), declares itself to be a revelation of the mystery of God, showing “that by revelation there was made known to me the mystery (3:3). Philippians. Philippians not only comes as from an apostle and with the standard greetings “from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1:2), but it further enjoins the readers to follow the moral example and spiritual teaching of its author, saying “brethren, join in following my example” (3:17). Colossians. Colossians also comes from “an apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1), with greetings “from God our Father” (1:2), as an authoritative refutation of heresy (2:4, 8), with a command to be circulated and read in the churches (4:16). 1 Thessalonians. In 5:27, the author charges the church “to have this letter read to all the brethren” and in 4:15 says, “for we say to you by the word of the Lord.” 2 Thessalonians. This books adds to its God-given pronouncements a warning aout a false letter “as if from” Paul (2:2). It closes by saying, “If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, thake special note of that man and do not associate with him” (3:14). 1 Timothy. This book was written by “Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus according to the commandment of God” (1:1). 2 Timothy. The author instructed his son in the faith to “retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me” (1:13), and he charged Timothy “in the prescence of God and of Christ Jesus” to “preach the word” (4:1-2). Titus. This book claims to come from Paul “an apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1), with the injusnction to “let these things speak and exhort and reprove with all authorit” (2:15). Philemon. This brief book claims authority from the apostle Paul (1:1), and brings salutation “form God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ” (1:3). Hebrews. The author of this book introduces his message as the vouce of God through Christ “in these last days” (1:2) and concludes his epistle with authoritative exhortations (13:22). James. James writes as a “servant of God” (1:1) and speaks with authority about doctrine and practice. 1 Peter. This book is from “an apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1), and claims to be an exhortation on “the true grace of God” (5:12). 2 Peter. Written by “a bond servant and apostle of Jesus Christ” (1:1), this epistle give commandments from the Lord (3:2). 1 John. This book comes from an eyewitness (1:1) who is proclaiming Christ so that believers’ “joy may be made complete” (1:4) and that the reader may be assured of eternal life (5:12). 2 John. In this book John purports to be wtiting a “commandment” (1:5), warnes against deceivers (1:7), and claims to possess “the teaching of Christ” (1:9). 3 John. This is written by one with apostolic authority (1:9) who claoms to have “the truth itself” (1:12). Jude. This book claims to be a record of “our common salvation” and “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (1:3). Revelation. This book begins by saying, “the revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave” (1:1) through John, who considered himself to be one with the “prophets” (22:9). The book ends with the most severe warning in the Bible for anyon who “adds to” or “takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy” (22:18-19). The point is, virtually every book in the New Testament contains a claim for its own authority in one manner or another. The cumulative effect of this self testimony is an overwhelming confirmation that the New Testament writers claimed inspiration.

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But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the LORD sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. Typically speaking, we have a tendency to make judgments of others based on their physical appearance. Here is a challenge for us all today. Let every decision you make concerning your fellow man be based upon the heart of that individual and not on the physical appearance. For in doing so, you will not only being treating people with dignity and respect, but you may also lead an individual to Christ.

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