Phillip A Johnson
The Authority of the Bible
The purpose of this paper is to share some thoughts of what we learned over this semester. Many thoughts will come from what I have written during the class and from the Core of Christianity, Elmer Towns. The topics I chosen to discuss is Does the Bible have authority, Did Jesus claim to be God and How can we be confident that Jesus is returning.
Let us first look at the word authority. Authority means “the power to determine, adjudicate, or otherwise settle issues or disputes; jurisdiction; the right to control, command, or determine.” ("authority.") This authority can come ...view middle of the document...
St. John 1 verse 1 sates clearly “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The very formation of this world is on the word of God. A lot of these writers didn’t know or understand that they were writing the word of God. 2 Timothy 3: 16 tell us that all scriptures is inspired by God. God is the author of all the books of the Bible. The authority of the Bible is always questioned by persons all over the world, even person who profess to be Christians at times questioned the authority of the Bible but Christian’s belief is grounded and cemented on the Bible. The devil will stop at nothing to destroy the word and destroy the believer’s confidence in the word and then the authority of the word will be questioned. It is so important for Christians to know what they believe and why they believe what they believe.
Jesus Claim to be God
Many would say "Jesus never claimed to be God." Usually, it is often said by members of deviant religious groups; or often by Skeptics, when saying this they are questioning the very authenticity of the sayings of Jesus, as opposed to their interpretation. Jesus did claim to be God throughout his ministry. "He claimed to be the Messiah. In response to a Samaritan woman's question concerning when the Messiah would come, Jesus said, "I who speak to you am he" (John 4:25,26). In detail as to lineage, birthplace, time and lifestyle, Jesus matched the messianic expectations of the Hebrew Scriptures." In John 6:35 “I am the light of the world.” “The word Lord, or Jehovah, is primary name for deity in the Old Testament. It comes from the verb to be, “I AM,” repeated twice. If Jesus is indeed the Messiah, than what is wrong with believing in him.
In Matthew 9, Jesus tells a paralytic that his sins are forgiven, and the scribes said He was blaspheming because only God can forgive sins. Jesus then proves His authority to forgive by healing the man. He proved His claim to be God. Matthew begins his gospel with a genealogy of Jesus that traces his existence back to Abraham. This direct line of heritage back to Abraham shows the fulfillment of God’s promise through Jesus. In Genesis 15:5, God promises Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars. These descendants, who make up the people of Israel, were promised a child to be named Emmanuel (“God with us”) in Isaiah 7:14. Someone who saw the daily wonders he created would be the best source for information. Matthew, the apostle, is believed to have written the gospel of Matthew. He was able to experience firsthand all of the amazing miracles that Jesus performed. God inspired his words, and his gospel relates to the other three gospels in overall context. They were written in different formats and styles, but the overall message and story remains constant throughout all four gospels. This creates a strong reliability that gives confidence in Matthew’s knowledge of Jesus. If the author of the gospel of Matthew was someone other than...