Summary: Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy S
The most amazing and absolutely unique book that changed world
From today, I trust in God to share A SERIES OF LESSONS ON “The Uniqueness of the Bible”. To begin our study let us open our Bible to the second Peter, I would like for you to follow with me as I read from chapter 2: verse 19 to 21, that we might have the scriptural understanding of the Majestic Mystery of “GREAT BOOK THAT HAS EVER BEEN WRITTEN”.
“We also have the prophetic message as something completely reliable, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts. Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (2 Peter 1:19-21NIV.)
President George Washington, First President of the United States, When he was sworn into office as the first elected President of the United States on April 30, 1789, he added these words to his own oath he had just taken: "So help me, God." He then reverently stooped down and kissed the Bible used in the oath. He recognized the value and importance of the Bible in national life and said “It is impossible to rightly govern the world without God and Bible.”
The Bible is clearly the most influential book the world has ever known. Whether you accept and believe in its teachings or not, it cannot be denied that the Bible is the most remarkable, amazing and absolutely UNIQUE book that has ever been written! Abraham Lincoln called it "the best gift God has given to man." Patrick Henry said, "It is worth all other books which were ever printed." Noted British statesman William Gladstone wrote that "an immeasurable distance separates it from all competitors" while the famous philosopher Immanuel Kant declared, "The Bible is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced." A. M. Sullivan observed, "The cynic who ignores, ridicules, or denies the Bible, spurning its spiritual rewards and aesthetic excitement, contributes to his own moral anemia."“There is no other book so various as the Bible or one so full of concentrated wisdom. Whether it be of law, business, morals, etc…. He who seeks for guidance may look inside its covers and find illumination.” (Herbert Hoover)W. E. Gladstone said “I have known ninety-five of the world’s great men in my time and of these eighty-seven were followers of the Bible.
While many think our modern world is founded on secular ideals, it is in fact the Bible which had a greater influence and legacy. The Bible not only influenced the language and its literature more than any other book, it was also the activator of radical shifts in society to the abolition of many evil practices from the society. Hence any attempt to remove Bible, and its teachings has been the downfall of our society.
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From our text we discover that whatever the Scripture says was not the product of any human opinion, ingenuity, interpretation, or explanation. It was, rather, the very Word of God. Furthermore, Scripture had its origin in God, not with human beings. This verse, therefore, teaches us two things with respect as to how the Bible was divinely inspired. First it was not the will of the human authors that guided what was written in Scripture. A second fact is that the ultimate source of writing was God the Holy Spirit. This indicates that the Holy Spirit carried the human authors when they wrote the Scripture. It was God who moved them. The Holy Spirit was the active agent. God planted it there and their words brought the word of God to people because they were being moved by the Holy Spirit to speak the words they shared. Ultimately they were writing what the Holy Spirit prompted them to write.
The word translated “prophet” occurs over three hundred times in the Old Testament and over one hundred times in the New Testament. A prophet, is someone who speaks for someone else, the other being God. A prophet speaks to man for or from God. Prophecy is not only a forth-telling of the future – but contains promises of the future to both Israel and the nations of the world. Prophecy covers the full panorama of history of mankind. God gave promises to His prophets on Israel, the church, the consummation of the ages with Christ ruling, to the new heavens and earth. God chose to reveal His words to primarily one group of people - the Jews, whom He made from Abraham.