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The Moment of Truth - Lesson 2

The Letter God Wrote to You
 

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Let’s ask God to guide us during this lesson:

Our Lord,

We now want to look into the subject of the inspiration of the Scriptures.

We thank You for hearing our prayer, and we humbly ask You to clearly show us why we should believe that the Bible is really what it claims to be, that is, the Word of God.

We pray in Jesus Christ.

Amen.




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Psalm 12:6

The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.

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2 Timothy 3:16

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.

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Such is the claim of the Bible: this book, printed in more than half a billion copies since the invention of printing, states that its content deserves the greatest attention because its author is none other than God Himself.

Could such a statement be believable?




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2 Peter 1:21

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

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Forty authors participated in the writing of the 66 books of the Bible, a work which spans 1500 years.

Most of these authors never became acquainted, living in different times and places: nevertheless, this collection of 66 books presents a remarkable unity.

Such harmony reveals the presence of a common inspiration: God.




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1 Thessalonians 2:13

We thank God without ceasing, because, when you received the word of God which you heard of us, you received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually works also in you that believe.

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The apostle Paul, writing to the people of Thessalonica, strongly confirms the divine inspiration of the Scriptures.

The Bible is not simply a book speaking to us about God: it is God speaking to us through this book! It is like a recorder making us hear the voice of God.




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Psalm 119:160

Your word is true from the beginning.

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John 17:17

Your word is truth.

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Jesus Christ Himself asserted the divine inspiration of the Scriptures: He attributed superhuman authority to them, using them to refute error and to repel the Tempter.

«It is written,» said Jesus, quoting from the Scriptures.

Christ’s example constitutes for us an invaluable guarantee of the divine inspiration of the Bible.




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1 Peter 1:25

The word of the Lord endures for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached to you.

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John 10:35

The Scripture cannot be broken.

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Despite centuries of attacks, tribulations, and attempted destruction, the Bible remains unshakeable, unchanged, as several archaeological discoveries reveal.

God has personally made sure that the message of the Bible was protected throughout the ages.




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Romans 1:16

I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God to salvation to every one that believes.

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The transforming power of the Bible’s message, hidden but still effective, testifies to the Scriptures’ divine inspiration.

We encourage you to experience this power through these lessons: every sincere heart will feel the indisputable influence coming from the study of this Book.




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Jeremiah 23:29

«Is not My word like a fire?» said the Lord, «and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?»

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Hebrews 4:12

The word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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Our next lessons will clearly demonstrate those Scriptural properties.




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Amos 3:7

Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

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2 Chronicles 20:20

Believe in the Lord your God, so shall you be established; believe His prophets, so shall you prosper.

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Speaking through His prophets, God not only foretells the future with a rigorous accuracy, but also warns us of His future interventions, so that we may plan accordingly.




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Psalm 119:105

Your word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.

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To adopt the Bible as our guide on the path of life is the most important decision that we can make in the course of our lifetime.

We will see that life is strewn with pitfalls, but also that the Scriptures can teach us how to bypass many of those pitfalls, increasing our peace and happiness.




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2 Peter 1:19

We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto you do well that you take heed, as to a light that shines in a dark place.

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Note how the apostle Peter highly recommends the reliability of Scripture as the only guide we can trust.

By the end of this set of lessons, we pray that this fact will be firmly established.




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Ephesians 6:11,17

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. (...)

Take (...) the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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The apostle Paul, describing the armor we need to fight the devil, lists several defensive weapons: the shield of faith, the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, etc.

He ends the list with the only offensive weapon: the sword, which is the Word of God.

Our fighting ability will be directly affected by how often we «train» with our sword.




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Jeremiah 6:10

To whom shall I speak, and give warning, that they may hear?

Behold, their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot listen: behold, the word of the Lord is to them a reproach; they have no delight in it.

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Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys studying God’s word.

Some think that the Bible is a boring book, while others believe that no one can understand it, that it is interpreted without rhyme or reason.

Yet, God gives us some advice regarding how to study it.




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1 Corinthians 2:14

The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

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First of all, our frame of mind can make all the difference.

Do we really wish to deepen our knowledge of the Scriptures, or do we approach the Bible in a spirit of opposition, or hostility?




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Proverbs 28:5

Evil men understand not judgment: but they that seek the Lord understand all things.

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Our understanding of the message God wants to give us depends partly on the sincerity of our heart in our search for truth.

As a famous proverb says, «there is none so deaf as he who will not hear.» Nothing will be understood by those who don’t wish to understand.




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1 Peter 5:5

Be clothed with humility: for God resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

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Second essential point: we must recognize that we need God’s help to understand the message contained in His book.

There is no one better than the author of a book to explain its content! If we leave God out, and try to understand the Bible on our own, our efforts will be doomed to failure.




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Psalm 119:18

Open You my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Your law.

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Luke 24:45

Then [Jesus] opened their understanding, that they might understand the Scriptures.

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We can now understand better why we always begin and end each lesson with a prayer.

It is essential to rely on God’s Spirit who will enlighten us while we go through the pages of the Bible.




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Isaiah 28:9,10

Whom shall He teach knowledge? And whom shall He make to understand doctrine? Them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts?

For precept must be on precept, precept on precept; line on line, line on line; here a little, and there a little.

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When we want to know what the Bible teaches on a particular subject, we must consult all the Bible verses speaking of this subject.

A single verse could be misinterpreted, but the entire collection of verses will clearly demonstrate what is to be understood.




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Revelation 22:18,19

I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book:

«If any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life, and out of the Holy City, and from the things which are written in this book.»

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When we study the Word of God, it is important not to twist the meaning of Bible verses, or to hide some of them, simply because we do not like them: that is why we must always be open-minded.




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2 Corinthians 2:17

We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God.

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2 Corinthians 4:2

We have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully.

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The apostle Paul avoided twisting the meaning of the Scriptures. But he knew that many were not doing so.

For example, how can you be sure that the present set of lessons is not a bunch of lies? How can you know that we have not tampered with the Word of God before presenting it to you?




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Acts 17:11

[The Jews from Berea] were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether those things were so.

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God invites us to adopt His Word as our supreme rule of faith, our criterion of truth, our infallible standard.

Don’t trust either our word or any other individual’s. We must always verify for ourselves whether the teachings presented to us are in accordance with the Scriptures.




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Jeremiah 15:16

Your words were found, and I did eat them; and Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart.

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Conscientious study of the Bible provides incomparable blessings to those who invest time in it.

This could be the opportunity to get precise and satisfying answers to questions we have been asking ourselves for a long time, like:

- Where do we come from?
- Where are we going?
- What happens after death?

And many other questions...




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Romans 15:4

For whatever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.

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Far from being a boring book, the Bible can give real meaning to our life here on earth. The answers it gives to fundamental questions bring hope back to its students.

We will soon discover why the friends of the Bible are overflowing with hope in a world which sinks into despair.




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Matthew 4:4

[Jesus] answered and said, «It is written, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”»

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Isaiah 34:16

Seek you out of the book of the Lord, and read!

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May God guide us while we study His Word.




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Let’s pray together:

Our Father in heaven,

We can not be grateful enough for Your Word, the Bible, and we want to adopt it as a lamp to our feet, a light to our path.

Give us sincerity and humility of heart, that we may be guided by Your Spirit, and thus be able to understand the message You keep in reserve for each one of us.

We pray in Jesus Christ.

Amen.


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