Summary: Every Christian fights a battle: The battle for sanctity, for holiness. It's a daily struggle against our three great enemies of the soul (flesh, world, devil). Likewise, every Christian parent fights a similar battle for their children.
Every Christian fights a battle: The battle for sanctity, for holiness. It's a daily struggle against our three great enemies of the soul (flesh, world, devil).
Likewise, every Christian parent fights a similar battle for their children.
ILLUSTRATION: Hotel room television. QUESTION: Do we shelter our kids? Yes
Voddie Baucham’s Illustration: Dating? Brand New Car, Teenage Boy.
We are in a constant battle for our children; but one day they will be grown.
QUESTION: What tool should we arm them with for the battle?
PROBLEM: The modern logic of many Christians is that we must give up the Scripture to fight life’s battles. We replace it with pop-psychology and secular philosophy.
Illustration: “Engaging the Culture” One of the worst things that people have become convinced of is that you have to give up the Bible to engage the culture.
We say, “People don’t believe the Bible, so I have to use some other method.”
Intelligent Design There is evidence for intricate design in irreducible complexity.
Belief in intelligent design is essential, but it is insufficient.
Illustration: Jesus before Satan: Matthew 4:1-11
The Bible is our only offensive tool (Eph 6), when we give it up we have already lost.
Psalm 119 is the longest chapter of the Bible, and every verse points to the Word of God.
QUESTION: Why is the Bible the right weapon for our children to fight life’s battles?
Our passage today gives us 5 reasons.
NOTE: Regarding the “Word of God” - John Owen said this is Jesus (incarnate), John Calvin said this is Bible (inscripturated), Charles Spurgeon said this is both.
1. It is a Divine Document
The Bible is the “Word of God” (Gr. oJ lo/goß touv qeou)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is God-breathed”
2 Peter 1:20-21 “No prophecy of Scripture come from one’s own”
Many books claim divine origins, but the Bible bears the marks of divinity within.
It was written over 1500 years, by over 40 people, in three languages.
Yet there is a consistency to the message which runs from the beginning all the way to the end (you couldn't get 4 people to agree constantly!)
Likewise, it is the most well-attested work of antiquity; no other comes close.
Homer, Tacitus, Pliny and others come nowhere close in the amount of manuscripts and the proximity of them to when the origin was written.
The myth of the “telephone game” - The Bible has not been translated multiple times and lost and changed portions over time (ill. Fall festival talk to devil girls).
The Bible is both Divinely inspired and miraculously preserved.
No other religious book boasts the marks that the Bible does.
Koran/Mormon written by one man, in one language, in one lifetime.
These books also lack the verification of the prophetic utterance wherein a prophet would say something and generations later it be fulfilled.
2. It is a Living Document
The Word of God is “living” KJV: “quick” (Gr. Zw◊n)