The Bible’s authors many times quoted other prophets or apostles, acknowledging their part in transcribing the authoritative Word of God. The writings of scripture were preserved for centuries, adding on to one another and giving proof to the authenticity of books previously written and set aside. That’s because the Bible (in the original manuscripts) is simply a book authored by God, using many mouthpieces and transcribers, taking about two thousand years to complete. Any contradictions that people have claimed are only self-perceived because God–the true Revelator of all Scripture–cannot contradict Himself.
Joshua supported Moses by rewriting a copy of the Law, emphasizing to Israel the importance of obeying it.
Then Joshua built an altar to Jehovah, the God of Israel in Mount Ebal, …And he wrote there on the stones a copy of the Law of Moses, which he wrote in the presence of the sons of Israel. …And afterward he read all the words of the Law, the blessings and cursings, according to all that is written in the book of the Law. There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua did not read before all the congregation of Israel, – Joshua 8:30-35, MKJV
Hundreds of years later, King David also reaffirmed the writings of Moses to his son Solomon as he neared death. He told him to “keep the charge of the LORD thy God …as it is written in the law of Moses” (I Kings 2:1-3, KJV) He wasn’t just recommending some good reading material. He told Solomon that he will prosper in all that he does if he obeys it as the very words of God.
The apostle Paul confirms three of Moses’ Books in the following three references.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” – Romans 4:3 [from Genesis 15:6], EMTV
For the Scripture says to Pharaoh, “For this very purpose I have raised you up, that I might show my power in you, and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” – Romans 9:17 [from Exodus 9:16], ESV
For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle the ox treading out grain,” and, “The laborer is worthy of his reward.” – I Timothy 5:18 [from Deuteronomy 25:4], MKJV
After the ascension of Jesus Christ, Peter showed proof of the God-inspired writings of
David as he spoke to a crowd of about 120 disciples concerning a replacement for the betrayer, Judas Iscariot. He said, “it was necessary for this Scripture to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit spoke before by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus; …For it is written in the book of Psalms: ‘Let his homestead become desolate, and let no one dwell in it’; and, ‘May another take his office of overseer.’” (Acts 1:15-20, Ps. 69:25, EMTV)
As Luke recorded the events of John the baptist going around the country of Israel calling people to repentance and baptizing them, he referred back to a prophecy of Isaiah regarding John the baptist, implying the fulfillment of the prophecy.
as it is written in the book of the Words of Isaiah the prophet, saying, “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, prepare the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.” – Luke 3:4 [from Isaiah 40:3], MKJV
Lastly, the apostle Peter gave proof that Paul was a valid scribe of God’s word, and advised people not to be swayed by those who twist the meaning of scripture but to grow in a true understanding of Jesus Christ:
And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him, as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. – II Peter 3:15-18, ESV
The bottom line is this. Prophets and apostles who wrote the Bible acknowledged each other’s writings as the word of God, whether the other writer lived in their own generation or lived centuries before their time. They are all tied together from the same divine Author–God.
The next article is available now: Who better to support the divine authority of the Old Testament prophets than Jesus Christ Himself. Why believe the Bible VIII, Jesus supported writings of Old Testament prophets.
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