we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that
shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your
hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God
spoke[as they were] moved by the
Holy Spirit.”11 Peter
Reading:Testimonies, vol. 5, 698–711.
1How much of the Scripture is inspired?11 Timothy 3:16.
apostle Peter says that there are in Scripture ‘things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest . . . unto their own
destruction.’[11 Peter 3:16.]The difficulties of Scripture have been urged
by skeptics as an argument against the Bible; but so far from this, they
constitute a strong evidence of its divine inspiration.If it contained no account of God but that
which we could easily comprehend; if His greatness and majesty could be grasped
by finite minds, then the Bible would not bear the unmistakable credentials of
divine authority.The very grandeur and
mystery of the themes presented should inspire faith in it as the word of
God.”Testimonies, vol. 5, 700.
2How did Scripture come into being?11 Peter 1:20, 21.
is need of a much closer study of the Word of God.Especially should Daniel and the Revelation
have attention as never before in the history of our work.We may have less to say in some lines, in
regard to the Roman power and the papacy, but we should call attention to what
the prophets and the apostles have written under the inspiration of the Spirit
of God.The Holy Spirit has so shaped
matters, both in the giving of the prophecy, and in the events portrayed, as to
teach that the human agent is to be kept out of sight, hid in Christ, and the
Lord God of heaven and His law are to be exalted.”Manuscript
Releases, vol. 16, 333.
3How was the process of inspiration
established in the prophet?Isaiah 1:1; Ezekiel 1:1; Daniel 7:1.
Lord was pleased with the course that Daniel pursued.He was greatly beloved and honored of Heaven;
to him the God of wisdom gave skill in the learning of the Chaldeans,
and understanding in all visions and dreams.”The Signs of the Times, September 18,
4What claim does God make that establishes
Bible is a wonderful book.It is a
history that opens up to us the past centuries.Without the Bible we would have been left to conjectures and fables in
regard to the occurrences of past ages. It is a prophecy that unveils the future.It is the word of God unfolding to us the
plan of salvation, pointing out the way by which we may escape eternal death
and gain eternal life.Of all the books
that flood the world, however valuable, the Bible is the Book of books, most
deserving of our study and admiration.It gives not only the history of this world but a description of the
world to come.It contains instruction
concerning the wonders of the universe, it reveals to our understanding the
character of the Author of the heavens and the earth.In it is the revelation of God to man.”The
Signs of the Times, January 30, 1893.
5Did the writers of the Bible recognize other
prophets also?11 Peter 3:1, 2; Luke 1:69, 70.See also 11 Thessalonians 3:14.
Bible points to God as its Author; yet it was written by human hands; and in
the varied style of its different books it presents the characteristics of the
several writers.The truths revealed are
all ‘given by inspiration of God’ (11 Timothy
yet they are expressed in the words of men.The Infinite One by his Holy Spirit had shed light into the minds and
hearts of his servants.He has given
dreams and visions, symbols and figures; and those to whom the truth was thus
revealed, have themselves embodied the thought in human language.”Review
and Herald, August 30, 1906.
6What did God design that His inspired Word
should do?Hebrews 4:12.
Bible may be studied as a branch of human science would be, but its beauty, the
evidence of its power to save the soul that believes, is a lesson that is never
thus learned.If the practice of the
Word is not brought into the life, then the sword of the Spirit has not wounded
the natural heart.It has been shielded
in poetic fancy.Sentimentalism has so
wrapped it about that the heart has not sufficiently felt the keenness of its
edge, piercing and cutting away the sinful shrines where self is
worshiped.”Manuscript Releases, vol. 2,
7Can Bible writers claim the endorsement of
God through His Word?1 Thessalonians 2:13.
are many who claim that they have been sanctified to God, and yet when the
great standard of righteousness is presented to them, they become greatly
excited, and manifest a spirit which proves that they know nothing of what it
means to be sanctified.They have not
the mind of Christ; for those who are truly sanctified will reverence and obey
the word of God as fast as it is opened to them, and they will express a strong
desire to know what is truth on every point of doctrine.”Review
and Herald, March 25, 1902.
8Why were prophets who were inspired of God given to
the church?Ephesians 4:11–14.
can see from this scripture that the Lord has his appointed workers, and that
the work committed unto them has in view a definite object.Prophets, apostles, evangelists, pastors,
teachers, are all to work for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”Review
and Herald, March 7, 1893.
9Should we try to separate some Scripture as
inspired and others not?Matthew 4:4.
union of the divine and the human, manifest in Christ, exists also in the
Bible.The truths revealed are all
‘given by inspiration of God’ [11 Timothy
]; yet they are expressed in the
words of men and are adapted to human needs.Thus it may be said of the Book of God, as it was of Christ, that ‘the
Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us.’[John 1:14.]And this fact, so far from being an argument
against the Bible, should strengthen faith in it as the word of God.Those who pronounce upon the inspiration of
the Scriptures, accepting some portions as divine while they reject other parts
as human, overlook the fact that Christ, the divine, partook of our human
nature, that He might reach humanity.In
the work of God for man’s redemption, divinity and humanity are combined.”Testimonies, vol. 5,
10When a person uses inspired Scripture to
support some position, should we accept it just because they quote or
paraphrase words from the Bible?1 John 4:1.
are not to receive the words of those who come with a message that contradicts
the special points of our faith.They
gather together a mass of scripture, and pile it as proof around their asserted
theories.This has been done over and
over again during the past fifty years.And while the Scriptures are God’s word, and are to be respected, the
application of them, if such application moves one pillar of the foundation
that God has sustained these fifty years, is a great mistake.He who makes such an application knows not
the wonderful demonstrations of the Holy Spirit that gave power and force to
the past messages that have come to the people of God.”The Paulson Collection of Ellen G. White Letters, 208.
11Will the time come when there will be an
attempt to change the force of God’s Word in the life of His followers?Jude 3, 4.
are those in the church who, unless thoroughly converted, will crucify to
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.I appeal to every church-member to inquire,
Am I doing all I can to honor my Redeemer?Truth held in unrighteousness is the greatest curse that can come to our
world.But the truth as it is in Jesus
is a savor of life unto life.It is
worth possessing, worth living, worth defending.Christ calls upon us to enter the narrow
pathway, where every step means a denial of self.He calls upon us to stand upon the platform
of eternal truth, and contend, yes, contend earnestly, for the faith once
delivered to the saints.”Review and Herald, December 4,
12Did the gift of prophecy operating under
inspiration end with the apostolic age?Acts ,
call upon you to take your stand on the Lord’s side, and act your part as a
loyal subject of the kingdom.Acknowledge the gift that has been placed in the church for the guidance
of God’s people in the closing days of earth’s history.From the beginning the church
of God has had the gift of prophecy
in her midst as a living voice to counsel, admonish, and instruct.We have now come to the last days of the work
of the third angel’s message, when Satan will work with increasing power
because he knows that his time is short.At the same time there will come to us through the gifts of the Holy
Spirit, diversities of operations in the outpouring of the Spirit.This is the time of the latter rain.”Manuscript
Releases, vol. 5, 151, 152.