Over and over and over again on this blog I write about how we can cease from striving, stop the anxiety. Fully trust in Jesus. And I remind you and preach to myself primarily through Scripture. The Bible.
But in your doubt, perhaps you're asking: how can I know what the Bible says is true?
So as I've been milling around in my head this question. Asking it of myself for days, weeks, really.
I could give you historical, contextual evidence that I've been chalk full of since Bible college or tell you that we all have presuppositions and this is mine. End of story.
I could begin with this morning.
Advent has been one of the best things for my frail heart this year. And John Piper too. So reading The Dawning of Indestructible Joy just makes sense.
First cup of coffee in hand, I began "December 8" in Acts 3, where Peter (one of Jesus' disciples) preaches Christ and his resurrection to the Jewish people in disbelief of his deity - yet who knew full well their family history.
And this is what Peter says in verse 22: "Moses said, 'The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me [Moses] from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you...'"
These smart, intellectual men congregating at Solomon's Portico would have most certainly revered Moses as a prophet - they believed Moses - so what Peter was telling these men was HUGE.
Listen to him.
Listen. To. Him.
Peter says listen to what Jesus says about himself. (John 8:58, 10:30)
HE SAYS HE IS GOD, SO BELIVE HIM.
All the promises of God are fulfilled in Jesus.
They find their "yes" in him. (2 Corinthians 1:20)
"Jesus shows that God is trustworthy," says John Piper.
God made promises concerning Jesus to Moses, to Abraham, to Noah, to David, to Isaiah.
This list goes on.
And they believed God and their faith was counted to them as righteousness (Romans 4, Hebrews 11).
Why I believe what the Bible says is true is simply this:
God is trustworthy.
God says that his word is true. He proves through Jesus that his word is accurate. "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." (John 1:3).
He keeps his promises.
So because he is worthy of my trust, I can believe him and his written-down-tangible word too.
And so maybe you're thinking my argument's not rational or logical. Or well thought out or worded.
And maybe it's not.
But all I ask is that you listen to him. Have faith and listen.