Friday, May 26, 2017

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

In Matthew 4:4 Jesus said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God." Where did the Bible come from? Every word of the Scriptures, in the original manuscripts, came from the mouth of God. The Bible is inspired, it is the infallible Word of God. There Jesus is quoting from Deuteronomy 8:3. The same thing is given again in Luke 4:4, "Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God." The Bible is inspired, and you must take what God says about that: it is the very Word of God, the Scripture says. - John R. Rice

Here is a strange thing. I am going to read something that perhaps you never thought about. Here is a really wonderful truth in Psalm 119:89, "For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." Was all the Bible written down in Heaven forever? Yes. And so when God knew ahead of time about the coming of the Messiah, it was foretold, but God planned it before He told Eve that the Seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head. Before they had a Passover lamb, God had that planned out in Heaven. All the Scriptures were settled in Heaven, settled and written down before they were written on earth. - John R. Rice

Psalms, 119, verse 153, "Concerning thy testimonies, I have known of old that thou hast founded them for ever." Not that He is going to found them after they are written, but they are already founded forever, already settled in Heaven. And so when Isaiah was inspired to write something, he wrote down what God had already written in Heaven and put it in Isaiah's heart and mind to read it. All the Bible is the inspired Word of God. Thank God for that! - John R. Rice

Every prophet in the Bible has one great theme: Jesus and salvation. You will find that in Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. You will find that in all the types, in all the sacrifices and priesthood and tabernacle offerings. You find it prophesied by every prophet in the Old Testament and the New. There is one great theme of the Bible and that is Jesus Christ. - John R. Rice

Some people said, "Give us a sign, Jesus. Give us some miraculous evidence." Jesus answered, "There shall no sign be given. . .but the sign of the prophet Jonas: For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matt. 12:39,40). Yes, the resurrection is to be proof of His deity. So in Romans 1:4 the Lord was "declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead." - John R. Rice

Mark this down. If the Bible is true, then no other kind of religion can keep people out of Hell. No other kind of religion can answer for man's sin. Not the Hindu religion, not the Moslem religion, not the Mormons or Christian Science or any other kind. - John R. Rice

No salvation because you are good. No salvation because you got baptized. No salvation because you learned the catechism or because you took first communion or because you were confirmed. No! The only salvation is by personally trusting Jesus Christ who died for sinners. And He did die for sinners. And since Christ is the great center of the Bible, then He is the only Saviour any of us can have. - John R. Rice

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