Daily Plumer – Hebrews 1:1 – What do you say that the Bible is?

“The Bible is the word of God. It is no fiction, no fable, no falsehood. God spake unto the fathers and unto the apostles, v. 1. ‘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,’ 2 Pet. 1:21. Compare 2 Sam. 23:2, 3; Luke 1:70; Acts 1:16. ‘All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,’ 2 Tim. 3:16. Blessed be God for speaking to us at all. Blessed be his name for speaking to us so often, so clearly, so fully, so kindly, and with such authority. His word teaches us all the mysteries, reveals all the truths, holds forth all the encouragements, utters all the warnings, and prescribes all the duties, which it behooves us to know. No wonder God’s people love it, find it sweeter than honey, and esteem it better than thousands of gold and silver.

The prophets, whom God raised up of old formed, in their lives and characters, a more venerable body of men than can be found among all the annals of the heathen world. They were truly great men. By their predictions they sustained the hearts of the ancient saints. Their testimony respecting Messiah was clear and wonderful, John 1:45; Acts 10:43; Rev. 19:10.

Men never act more foolishly or wickedly than when they discredit the truth of God’s word. Nor can they act more wisely or piously than by believing every word that he has spoken. Heaven and earth may pass away; but never shall one of the words of God fall to the ground. No monuments are so venerable as those of revelation. The genuineness and authenticity of the scriptures are established on the firmest possible basis. Let any man prove that we have the writings of Hesiod or Homer, and it is easy to bring a thousand-fold more evidence that we have the genuine prophecies of Isaiah and the genuine Psalms of David. And as to the evidences of the truth of what we have in scripture, they are varied, abundant, cumulative, complete. No humble man asks for further proof of the divine origins of the holy writings.”

(These hopefully daily remarks come from William Swan Plumer’s 1872 commentary on the epistle to the Hebrews.)



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