THE INSPIRED BIBLE

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Shelby G. Floyd

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works” (2 Timothy 3: 16-17).

All Holy Scripture is Inspired of God

All Holy Scripture is the product of the inspiration of God. God has breathed into the scriptures infallibility. The Holy Spirit exercised divine power over the minds of the authors of the Holy Scriptures, even in the words which they used, preserving them from any error (1 Corinthians 2: 10-13).

This being true, it is expected that any statement upon whatever subject the Bible might touch, would be true. The Bible is not a textbook upon science; it is rather a textbook on redemption from sin. However, when the Bible alludes to natural science, it is expected that the authors spoke the truth.

It is the purpose of this article to point out some statements which could not possibly have been known at the time they were spoken, except that the authors were guided by divine inspiration. In the days of the Old Testament the wisest men of the most enlightened nations were ignorant of the origin of the earth and the laws which govern its movements. They were filled with superstition regarding the natural world.

Scientific Facts That Were Known Only By Inspiration

God’s spokesmen during that age often made statements touching upon the natural world which today are proved to be true by the scientific method. For instance, in ancient times men believed that the earth was flat, and that it rested on the back of a giant elephant or turtle; but the Old Testament writers did not teach such fanciful theories and false superstitions. The prophet Isaiah said:

“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain,
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”
(Isaiah 40:22)

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Shelby G. Floyd
Heartland Church of Christ
1693 West Main Street
Greenwood, Indiana 46142

THE AMAZING BOOK

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SHELBY G. FLOYD

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The Bible is the greatest book this world has ever known. Like the sun, it outshines all the books that have ever been written by man. Every virtue known to the human race has either come directly or indirectly from the influence and teaching of the Bible. Continue reading “THE AMAZING BOOK”

THE LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS

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Shelby G. Floyd

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This letter was written and sent to Philippi, a city which originally was called Krenides (Little Fountain), but later, about 350 BC was renamed Philippi in honor of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the great.(1) The city of Philippi that Paul visited was located in a Roman colony founded by Augustus after the famous Battle of Philippi, fought between Anthony and Octavius versus Brutus and Cassius, around 42 BC. It was located favorably on the Roman highway Via Egnatia, and only 9 miles from the sea and 12 miles from the port of Neapolis. This city was the first in Europe to receive the gospel because of the loud clarion Macedonian call (Acts 16:9-10) was promptly answered by the apostle Paul along with his companions Silas and Luke.(2) Continue reading “THE LETTER TO THE PHILIPPIANS”

GOD’S SURE PROPHETIC WORD

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Shelby G. Floyd

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Simon Peter claims the authorship of his second letter written to the persecuted Christians who were scattered abroad:

2 Peter 3:1-2
This is now the second letter that I am writing to you, beloved. In both of them I am stirring up your sincere mind by way of reminder, 2 that you should remember the predictions of the holy prophets and the commandment of the Lord and Savior through your apostles,
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Peter wants his readers to remember what was said by the Old Testament prophets and the apostles of Jesus Christ, as well as what the Lord spoke. It is always good to have our memory jogged. Continue reading “GOD’S SURE PROPHETIC WORD”

Preach the Word

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Shelby G. Floyd

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In the early history of the growth and development of the New Testament church we find that after the death of Stephen, there was a great persecution that arose against the church that was at Jerusalem.

The Church Was Scattered

All the members were scattered throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria except apostles: “And Saul was there, giving approval to his death. On that day a great persecution broke out against the church at Jerusalem, and all except the apostles were scattered throughout Judea and Samaria (Acts 8: 1). The apostles lost their congregation since the members were all scattered abroad.

They Preached the Word Everywhere

But the members did not lose an audience because the Bible declares “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word” (Acts 8:4). Philip went down to the city of Samaria and preached Christ to them (Acts 8: 5). Observe that “preaching the word” and “preaching Christ” is the same. Continue reading “Preach the Word”

Silence of the Scriptures

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Shelby G. Floyd

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From the beginning of the restoration movement, those who respected God and his word have also respected the silence of the scriptures. It was evident from the beginning of the movement to restore New Testament Christianity, that if one were to obey God, one must respect the silence of God’s word as well as the commandments. This is a Bible principle, for the apostle Peter said, “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God” (1 Peter 4: 11). This simply means when the Bible speaks, man is permitted to speak; but when the Bible is silent, man is obligated to remain silent.

The Silence of the Scriptures Must Be Respected

In commenting upon this great principle, one of the restoration historians stated very clearly what this means,

Thus the silence of the Bible was to be respected equally with its revelations, which were by Divine authority declared to be able to ‘make the man of God perfect and thoroughly furnished unto every good work.’ Anything more, then, must be an encumbrance. Anything less then ‘the whole counsel of God’ would be a dangerous deficiency. Simply, reverentially, confidingly, they would speak of Bible things in Bible words, adding nothing thereto and omitting nothing given by inspiration. They had thus a clear and well defined basis of action, and the hearts of all who were truly interested reechoed the resolve: ‘Where the Scriptures speak, we speak; where the Scriptures are silent, we are silent’” (Robert Richardson, Me-moirs of Alexander Campbell, Volume 1, p. 237).

Continue reading “Silence of the Scriptures”

“The Bible of the Revolution”

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Shelby G. Floyd

Previous to the American Revolution, England was burdened with debt from all the wars they had been fighting in Europe. They levied taxes on the Colonies on all documents—The Stamp Act and of course The Tea Tax that was so onerous to the Colonies.

During this period England would not allow the Colonies to print the Bible. They had to be imported from England—another way to raise revenue for the Mother country. When the Colonies declared Independence, and engaged the British in the Revolutionary war, England refused to export any Bibles to America. Since the Pilgrims, Puritans, and the Colonists based many of their governing principles and their manner of life on the Bible, this famine of the word of God would not stand. Continue reading ““The Bible of the Revolution””