Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries

Spiritual metabolism. Part 12. The Bible was penned by over 40 authors over thousands of years, yet it is an integrated harmonious design.

Sunday, September 12, 2004

2PE 3:10-13 – we see a part of the believer’s future and the challenge of pressing on and the importance of metabolizing Bible doctrine.

2PE 3:10-11 – what endures the destruction of the universe should establish the true eternal values of life and the highest priorities you should have as a member of the royal family of God. the challenge is based upon you believing that there will be a time when the destruction of the entire universe at the termination of human history will take place.

1. The formation and the preservation of the canon of Scripture – the Bible.
2. The divine authorization of the local church as a classroom.
3. The provision of a certain pastor for the communication of doctrine.
4. The filling of the Holy Spirit and spiritual phenomena understood, so that it can be metabolized.
5. The provision and the privacy of the royal priesthood for receiving doctrine.
6. Logistical grace support to sustain your life so that you can fulfill the divine commands.

You need a pastor-teacher who knows doctrine and who teaches it, EPH 4:11, 1TH 5:12.
There must be a willingness to sit down and listen to it, without getting arrogant, angry or emotional, 1PE 5:5.

1. The grace provision of the formation and the preservation of the canon of Scripture – the Bible.

2TI 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

Which parts are the
God-breathed parts and which ones are not?

There are all kinds of disputes concerning which translation is the best, but less than 1% of all the Scriptures are under competent dispute.

No doctrine of Scripture depends on any of the disputed passages.

66 books, penned by over 40 different authors over thousands of years, and yet it is an integrated harmonious design.

One of the strongest evidences of the divine inspiration of Scripture is the phenomenon of fulfilled prophecy.
It is impossible to consistently prophesy specific future events with real accuracy unless you are God.

Anyone who attempts to prophesy specific events will be confronted by the staggering odds against success created by the inescapable “laws of mathematical probability.”

God declares boldly in His Word that these prophecies and their fulfillments are His signature upon the Bible and His verification that the Bible is truly the inspired (God-breathed) Word of God.

The precision of fulfilled prophecy becomes not only an irrefutable proof of God’s foreknowledge and sovereignty, but it also proves conclusively that the Bible is the revelation of God’s truth.

Statistical theory shows that if the probability of one event occurring is 1 in 5 and the probability of another event occurring is 1 in 10, then the probability of both events being fulfilled in sequence is 5 multiplied by 10 – the chance of both events occurring is 1 in 50.

A. The Messiah would come from the tribe of Judah, one of the 12 tribes descended from Jacob, GEN 49:10;LUK 3:23-34.
GEN 49:10 “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”

This was fulfilled in –
HEB 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah,
Probability = 1 chance in 12.

B. He would be born in Bethlehem, MIC 5:2, MAT 2:1.
MIC 5:2 But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, {Too} little to be among the clans of Judah, From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel. His goings forth are from long ago, From the days of eternity.
Probability = 1 chance in 200.

C. He would be betrayed for 30 pieces of silver, ZEC 11:12, MAT 26:15
Probability = 1 chance in 50.

Combined Probability: 12 (Tribes) times 200 (cities) times 50 (at least 50 different ways of betrayal) = 1 Chance in 120,000.

The difficulty most of us would have in arranging our ancestors, the particular city of our birth, and the exact price in silver of our betrayal.

1. Be born in Bethlehem –
Probability: 1 in 200.

2. He would be preceded by a messenger:
Probability: 1 in 20.

ISA 40:3 A voice is calling, “Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; Make smooth in the desert a highway for our God.”
The New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 3:1-3.

3. He would enter Jerusalem on a colt.
Probability: 1 in 50.
ZEC 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout {in triumph,} O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your king is coming to you; He is just and endowed with salvation, Humble, and mounted on a donkey, Even on a colt, the foal of a donkey.
New Testament Fulfillment: LUK 19:35-38.

4. He would be betrayed by a friend.
Probability = 1 in 10.
Old Testament Prediction:
PSA 41:9 Even my close friend, in whom I trusted, Who ate my bread, Has lifted up his heel against me.
New Testament Fulfillment:
JOH 13:18 I do not speak of all of you. I know the ones I have chosen; but {it is} that the Scripture may be fulfilled, “He who eats My bread has lifted up his heel against Me.”

5. He would have His hands and feet pierced.
Probability: 1 in 100.
Old Testament Prediction:
PSA 22:16 For dogs have surrounded me; A band of evildoers has encompassed me; They pierced my hands and my feet.

6. He would be wounded and whipped by His enemies.
Probability: 1 in 25.
Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being {fell} upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.
New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:26.

7. He would be sold for thirty pieces of silver.
Probability: 1 in 100.
Old Testament Prediction:
ZEC 11:12 “And I said unto them, If ye think good, give me my price; and if not, forbear. So they weighed for my price thirty pieces of silver”New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 26:15.

8. He would be spit upon and beaten.
Probability: 1 in 10:
Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 50:6 I gave My back to those who strike {Me,} And My cheeks to those who pluck out the beard; I did not cover My face from humiliation and spitting.
New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 26:67.

9. He would have His betrayal money thrown in the Temple and given for a potter’s field.
Probability: 1 in 200.
Old Testament Prediction:
ZEC 11:13 Then the Lord said to me, “Throw it to the potter, {that} magnificent price at which I was valued by them.” So I took the thirty {shekels} of silver and threw them to the potter in the house of the Lord.
New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:3-7.

10. He would be silent before His accusers.
Probability: 1 in 100.
Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He did not open His mouth; Like a lamb that is led to slaughter, And like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, So He did not open His mouth.
New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:12-14.

11. He would be crucified with thieves.
Probability: 1 in 100.
Old Testament Prediction:
ISA 53:12 He was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors.
New Testament Fulfillment: MAT 27:38.

The combined probability that one man could fulfill just 11 of these prophecies = one chance in 10 to the 19th power, or one chance in 10,000,000,000,000,000,000.
There is only one chance in 10 billion times a billion that the prophets could have accurately predicted these eleven specific prophecies by chance alone, or that any one man’s life could fulfill these detailed prophecies by chance alone.

MAT 19:26 “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
LUK 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.”
LUK 18:27 “The things impossible with men are possible with God.”

DEU 4:2 “You shall not add to the word which I am commanding you, nor take away from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you.”
ISA 40:8 The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.

DEU 12:32 “Whatever I command you, you shall be careful to do; you shall not add to nor take away from it.”
MAT 24:35 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words shall not pass away.”

JER 26:2 …all the words that I have commanded you to speak to them. Do not omit a word!
MAR 8:38 “For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when He comes in the glory of His Father with the holy angels.”

PSA 138:2 I will bow down toward Thy holy temple, And give thanks to Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and Thy truth; For Thou hast magnified Thy word according to all Thy name.
PSA 138:2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.

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