1/Bold type is used for emphasis
2/ All definitions are in brackets, written in italics and are taken from Strong’s and Thayer’s dictionaries
27 And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God.
I propose to you that it is impossible that the human mindalone brought the Scriptures into being, but that the Bible came into being just as it says of itself:
2 Tim 3:16-17
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God [Definition: Strong’s - divinely breathed in; inspired by God] and is profitable [advantageous] for doctrine [teaching; instruction], for reproof [Definition: Thayer’s - a proof, that by which a thing is proved or tested; conviction], for correction [Definition: Thayer’s - restoration to an upright or right state; correction, improvement of life or character], for instruction in righteousness [Definition: Thayer’s - the whole training and education of children (which relates to the cultivation of mind and morals, and employs for this purpose now commands and admonitions, now reproof and punishment) It also includes the training and care of the body; whatever in adults also cultivates the soul, especially by correcting mistakes and curbing passions; instruction which aims at increasing virtue; chastisement, chastening, (of the evils with which God visits men for their amendment)]:
17 That [We might emphasize as:“So that”] the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
The Bible was written by at least 40 human authors over a span of 1500 years. How hardly did so many authors, from so many occupational backgrounds, living and writing over such span of time bring into being such a book is this.
The Bible contains a numerical message, that is, there are numbers having meanings that are consistently the same throughout every book of both Testaments. For instance, all appearances of the number “8” in both Testaments allude to a “new beginning.” A good Old Testament example is the 8 souls who had a new beginning on the earth after the waters of the flood of Noah’s day receded. In the New Testament the man out of whom went an unclean spirit but whose heart remain empty was in worse state when 8 Devils had a new beginning of influence in his life. The number “40” speaks always of testing or trial. The children of Israel in the Old Testament were tried for 40 years in the desert; in the New Testament Jesus was tried 40 days in the wilderness.
There are 66 books in the Bible: 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament. Even these numbers have great significance. The number 39 in Scripture is the number of disease while the number 27 speaks of the gospel of Christ: the law (the letter) of the Old Testament (39 books) was the law of sin and death; the law (the spirit) of the New Testament (27 books) is the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 3:6-9).
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
2 Cor 3:5b-11
5b but our sufficiency is of God;
6 Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
7 But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:
8 How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious?
9 For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory.
10 For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth.
11 For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which remaineth is glorious.
There is another division of the books of the Bible that we should be aware of. The first 3 books of the New Testament, Matthew, Mark and Luke, are called the synoptic Gospels, meaning that they see Jesus from similar perspectives: He is human; He is the Son of Man.
1/ In Matthew Jesus is presented as the Seed of David. He is the King of Kings having the face of the Lion.
2/ In Mark Jesus is presented as the Seed of Abraham. He is the Suffering Servant having the face of the Ox.
3/ In Luke Jesus is presented as the Seed of the woman. He is the Son of Man having the face of a human.
The synoptic Gospels can be seen not only as an opening of the New Testament Scriptures, but also as a completing of the Old Testament Scriptures, the Man Jesus having fulfilled all written of Him on its pages, even to His death, burial, resurrection and ascension. If we can receive the synoptic Gospels in this way, then the book of John with its opening, “In the beginning was the Word” becomes the first book of the New Testament, that is, the New Testament Genesis.
John sees and presents Jesus as the Seed of God, the only begotten Son of the living God and in John’s gospel Jesus is presented as having the face of the Eagle. If we add the 3 synoptic Gospels as completing, and, therefore, ending the Old Testament to the 39 books of the Old Testament, we have now 42 books. The number 42 is the biblical number of the Lord’s advent (the synoptic Gospels bring to its end the world (Gr. Aion – world; age) of the Old Testament and furnish transition into the New Testament era, thereby preparing for the Lord’s advent). Subtract the 3 synoptic Gospels from the number of the New Testament books and we will be left with 24 books in the New Testament. Twenty-four is the biblical number of priesthood (the Levitical Priesthood of the Old Testament has passed into the history of the former Aion, and, with the opening of the book of John, the Great High Priest establishes a new Priesthood after the order of Melchizedek). It is also interesting that if you reverse the number 42 you have 24 and vice versa. This fact might well remind us of the truth that the Old Testament is the New Testament concealed and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. And, therefore, both Testaments are inseparably one Word and that Word is made flesh (John 1:14) in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ:
7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,
8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.
9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation [the whole of the Old and New Testament Church]: lo, I have not refrained my lips, O LORD, thou knowest.
10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and thy salvation: I have not concealed thy lovingkindness and thy truth from the great congregation [the whole of the Old and New Testament Church].
1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.
2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.
3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.
4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:
6 In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.
7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.
8 Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;
9 Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.
Another testament to the divine authorship of Scripture is seen in prophetic utterance from the Old Testament being fulfilled in the New Testament (especially in the life of Jesus Christ):
2 Peter 1:20-21
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private [Thayer’s - pertaining to one’s self, one’s own, belonging to one’s self] interpretation.
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
Yet another testament to the divine inspiration of Scripture is found in the myriad shadows and types in the Old Testament opening full-screen in the realities of the New Testament. We might see the 1st Adam as a type and shadow of the Last Adam (1Cor 15:45; each Adam, while in a state of deep sleep, had taken from their side the substance by which their Father God would form a help meet, a bride (a rib taken from the side of the first Adam; blood and water taken from His very heart through the side of the last Adam), a bride for which each Adam would prefer death by her side and for her over life without her). We might also take note of the blood of Abel foreshadowing that of Jesus; or, the days of Noah foreshadowing the last days, the days of the coming of the Son of Man.
And, what of Abraham, typical of our Father God (Romans 4:1; James 2:21) offering Jesus at Calvary, who offered his own son Isaac on Mt. Moriah? And, what of Isaac, Abraham’s son, who, like as Jesus, was raised from the dead (in a figure; Hebrews 11: 19)?
Many more things we could say and many more examples I could give to substantiate this claim that the Bible is not just words written down of men but it is the very Word of God Himself. However, I’ll just stop here in saying that the Bible is the Entirely Impossible Book dictated from the heart of the God of All Possibility to the heart of fallible men who wrote as they were moved upon of the Spirit.
Although in context the scripture below (used also as the opening scripture) is addressing the unlikely event of a camel passing through the eye of a needle and a rich, self-sufficient man entering into the Kingdom of God, yet the following declared statement is a universal, unfailing and all-applicable TRUTH that may be absolutely applied to the Bible:
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this [Book] is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
Written by Bobby Norton
January 8, 2019