- Believing Through…
- Faith Is Acceptance of Facts Put in Evidence by God, Often Through Others
- Faith Is in What God Has Said Through an Agent
- References to the Apostles’ Testimony – Through Which We Have Believed in the Lord
- We Believe God by Believing Those Whom He Has Sent
Just because the Bible consists of the words of men does not mean that it is merely the words of men. On the contrary, the words are also those of God. We can say this because the men who wrote the Bible spoke and wrote in His name – not their own. That is, the writers of the Bible were God’s agents, speaking on His behalf. Paul uses the term agency in Galatians 1:1, indicating that it means an intermediary between a principal and a subject.
It is, in fact, altogether commonplace in the Bible for God to speak His word through human beings. Therefore, we should consider it quite normal to believe God by believing the Bible, for the Bible is a collection of communications whose common thread is that human beings – specifically ancient Jewish ones – were speaking on behalf of the God who created the universe.
Mark 1:2 KJV
John 4:22 – “we worship that which we know, for salvation is from the Jews.” – This idea is reinforced in Romans 3:1-2 and Romans 9:1-5 both below.
John 17:20 – “those also who believe in Me through their word”
John 20:24-29 – Thomas’ failing was that he would not accept the testimony of anyone except the Lord Himself. That is, Thomas refused to accept any of the agents sent by the Lord.
Romans 3:1 – “Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision?”
Romans 3:2 – “Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God.”
Romans 9:3 – “my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh,”
Romans 9:4 – “who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons, and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises,”
Romans 9:5 – ” whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh”
1 Corinthians 3:5 – “What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed”
1 Corinthians 14:31 – “you can all prophesy one by one” – This is a striking fulfillment of Numbers 11:29.
1 Corinthians 14:36, 37
1 Thessalonians 2:13 – “when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God”
Hebrews 13:7 – “Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you”
James 5:10 – “the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord”
2 Peter 1:21 – “men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God”
2 Chronicles 20:20 – “put your trust in the LORD your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.”
Malachi 3:1 KJV