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The Importance of God’s Word: Predictive Prophecy Supports It

by David Chadwick God’s Word is so important. Followers of Jesus must adhere to its accuracy and demands. It’s not a theoretical suggestion. It’s the heart of our Creator for his Son’s disciples. It’s the wisdom from our Father for his children. We see so many reasons, both spiritual and practical, for why God’s Word is important. Spiritually, it is the gift God gives his people to use as an offensive weapon against our spiritual enemy, the devil. But there are also practical reasons to trust God’s Word. Thus far this week, we have explored the manuscript evidence. Yesterday we examined the archaeological evidence. Today, let’s glance at the prophetic evidence that points to the significance of the Word of God. Prophetic evidence is tremendous confirmation for the importance and accuracy of God’s Word. Predictive prophecies are used all throughout Scripture to give clarity on what is to come in the future. With great specificity, the Holy Spirit gives different writers insights on what’s going to happen in the future. For example, there are over 300 biblical prophecies in the Old Testament about the coming of Jesus hundreds of years before his arrival. For example, his birthplace in Bethlehem was prophesied in Micah 5:2 some 500 years plus before it happened. Psalm 22 prophesied the suffering Jesus would experience on the cross, written some 900 plus years before it happened. We see the prophecy of Jesus’s substitutionary atonement and specific aspects of his suffering in Isaiah 53, verses written 500 plus years before it ever occurred. Now think about 300 plus prophecies having been specifically fulfilled by Jesus hundreds of years before they ever happened. The probability factor of this happening is incredible! If you were to take just eight prophecies being fulfilled in specificity in Jesus, it’s a one to the 10 millionth chance of it happening. Friends, that is mind-blowing! The Holy Spirit truly wrote this book, inspiring men to put the actual words of God to paper. He knew that these predictive prophecies would be fulfilled in Jesus, pointing to the true and compelling message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is yet another extra-biblical reason to believe we can wield the sword of the Spirit in confidence. Because it’s true. Now quote it regularly when the enemy attacks you. He knows it’s true. So should you.

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