Are the New Testament Scriptures Inspired?
In these last days, there seems to be an ever increasing attack on the inspiration of the New Testament. Various groups that are in denial include many Hebrew sects, athiests, and scores of "Christians" that are being pumped out of liberal seminaries.
We would like to point out a few things that we would consider clear evidences of inspiration in the New Testament. Although we know it will not be enough to convince many who have already made their mind up, or for the religious who specialize in straining at gnats while swallowing camels. I am sure it will be a pleasant assurance for those who are of like faith.
First of all, it should be noted that the coming of the New Covenant is mentioned in the Old Testament. "Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant..." (Jeremiah 31:31-34) Read the book of Hebrews and you will find the far more excellence of the New Covenant compared with the Old. We are told, "Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit" (Ephesians 3:5).
Just as the bringing in of the Old Testament was confirmed with signs and wonders, so was the New. The apostles "went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following." (Mark 16:20) "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?" (Hebrews 2:3-4)
Jesus said the apostles would be led of the Spirit. "These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you." (John 14:25-26) "But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me: And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with me from the beginning." (John 15:26-27) "I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." (John 16:12-14)
Paul said he received the gospel not from man, but by revelation of Jesus Christ and Peter put the apostle Paul's word on par with the Scriptures "even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction." (2 Peter 3:15-16)
Paul also quoted Luke 10:7 saying it was Scripture. "For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward." (1 Timothy 5:18)
Peter also put the saying of the apostles on par with the prophets of the Old Testament. "That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour" (2 Peter 3:2).
So it is said that those who would hear the apostles would hear God. "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error." (1 John 4:6)
The apostle Paul commended the Thessalonians for receiving his word as such. "For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe." (1 Thessalonians 2:13)
Furthermore, one of the most convincing marks of God's signiture on the New Testament is that of prophecy. The Lord said long ago, "Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure... yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it." (Isaiah 46:9-11) The New Testament records hundreds of fulfilled prophecies that were written in the Old Testament. It prophecied of events that would happen in that first century that were fulfilled with 100% accuracy, and even speaking of things of the last days, many of these events being fulfilled before our very eyes.
On a final note, One of the last days signs is that there would come scoffers who would deny the New Testament Scriptures. "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming?..." (2 Peter 3:3-4) The denial of the New Testament Scriptures is plain and simple, a sign of unbelief and apostasy.