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(Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture references are from the New King James Version of the Bible)
We come now to the conclusion of our studies on the Lost Books Of The Bible. In this lesson, we will provide a summary of some things we have learned from these courses. Following that, we will notice some important lessons from the Bible for each of us.
Summary Of Lessons
Lesson One: How We Got The Bible
In this lesson, we learned the six-fold process by which we received the Bible: revelation, inspiration, confirmation, canonization, preservation, and translation.
The revelation of God has been manifested in two ways: in a general way (through nature), and a special way (through Scripture).
Inspiration had reference to the way in which God so worked on His chosen Prophets and Apostles that the Word which they delivered was from Him and not from them.
God would then confirm His Word to the people in a miraculous fashion, in order that the people would know a Prophet was in their midst.
When the Word was confirmed, the Prophets and the people would take the Word of the Prophets and put them into the canon of Scripture (which is simply the collection of inspired Writings).
The Books of the Bible were then preserved through scribes creating hundreds of copies of these Books.
Finally, the Bible was then translated from the original languages (the Old Testament in Hebrew and Aramaic; the New Testament in Greek) into other languages throughout the world.
Lesson Two: The “Missing Books” Of The Old Testament
In this lesson, we noticed that the Bible often quotes from and alludes to books which are not found in the canon of Scripture (such as the book of Jasher).
These books were not inspired. If they had been, the inspired Prophets and Apostles would have quickly added them to the canon of Scripture (as would have the Jewish people).
If they had been placed in the Scripture and later removed, the aforementioned Prophets and Apostles would have quickly and publicly protested.
Finally, if these books had been part of the Bible and later removed, the Jews would never have left so many references to them in the Old Testament Scriptures.
Lesson Three: The Old Testament Apocrypha
The last Old Testament Book (Malachi) was written in 408 B.C.
The Jewish people acknowledge that there were no inspired Prophets in Israel for at least the next four hundred years; indeed, Malachi the Prophet taught that the next Prophet would be the forerunner of the Messiah (i.e., John the Baptist).
During this four years hundred years between the close of the Old Testament and the opening of the New Testament, there were many books written.
These books are part of the Apocrypha, which means “doubtful” or “hidden.” The Catholic Church accepts many of these books in their Bibles; however, the Hebrews and the early Christians rejected them from the canon for very good reasons.
Lesson Four: The New Testament Scriptures
The New Testament Scriptures are divided up into the Gospels (Matthew-John), Church History (Acts), the Pauline Epistles (Romans-Hebrews), the General Epistles (James-Jude), and Prophecy (Revelation).
The Old Testament Scriptures were given by God to prepare mankind for the coming of Christ. They teach us that it is impossible for us to be saved through law-keeping, while looking forward to the Messiah’s coming.
Throughout His life, Jesus fulfilled all of the righteous requirements of the Law; when He died, He took away the Old Testament and established the New Law.
The Scriptures are able to fully equip us for every good work, and we do not need additional revelation from God.
Lesson Five: The New Testament Apocrypha
In this lesson we learned that there were many books written after the Apostolic Age by heretics known as the Gnostics.
These books were rightfully excluded from the canon of Scripture.
The Gnostics taught many doctrines contrary to the Bible. Some examples would include their belief that the God of the Old Testament was different from the God of the New Testament, the belief that all matter is evil, that women are inferior to men, and that people are saved by special knowledge which only they had access to and not through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The Conclusion Of The Matter
The fact of the matter is, there are NO lost books of the Bible.
The 66 Book canon of Scripture contains the complete and final revelation of God to mankind.
While the religions from around the world contain elements of truth, and while extra-biblical books reflect the truth of God and are worthy of study, the Scriptures are in a category by themselves. They-and they alone-teach us the answers to the most basic questions of existence.
Mankind was made as an act of the grace of God (Psalm 136) for the purpose of relationship (Ephesians 1:4-6, 9-11).
However, our personal sin has separated us from God (Isaiah 59:1-2) and as a result, we deserve eternal death (Romans 6:23).
Throughout the Old Testament, God promised that He would send a Savior Who would defeat Satan and the powers of evil (Genesis 3:15) and establish a new kingdom which would stand forever (Daniel 2:36-44).
When Jesus came to the world, He lived a life of service to God and to others, teaching mankind the Word of God (Luke 16:16; John 12:48).
Finally going to the Cross of Calvary, the Son of God freely offered Himself to pay for the sins of mankind.
After His Death, Jesus was buried and arose again three days later (1 Corinthians 15:1-8).
Living some seven hundred years before Jesus was born, Isaiah the Prophet wrote of Him with these powerful Words:
Isaiah 53:1-12-1 Who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed? 2 For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that we should desire Him. 3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. 4 Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. 7 He was oppressed and He was afflicted, Yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, And as a sheep before its shearers is silent, So He opened not His mouth. 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment, And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. 9 And they made His grave with the wicked— But with the rich at His death, Because He had done no violence, Nor was any deceit in His mouth. 10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, For He shall bear their iniquities. 12 Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, And He shall divide the spoil with the strong, Because He poured out His soul unto death, And He was numbered with the transgressors, And He bore the sin of many, And made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus built His kingdom/church just as He promised (Matthew 16:18-19) and He wants each person to be saved from their sins.
2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
The Bible teaches us how we are saved.
When a person hears the Word of God (Acts 18:8), faith is produced (Romans 10:17).
Believers are then told to repent (to turn away from sin-Luke 13:3; Acts 17:30-31) and confess their faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 8:37).
While all of these steps are necessary for salvation, a person who does these things is not yet saved from sin.
The Bible teaches that a person must be baptized in water for the remission of their sins:
Mark 16:15-16-15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
Acts 2:38-Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 22:16-And now why are you waiting? Arise and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on the name of the Lord.’
Romans 6:3-4-3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
1 Peter 3:20-21-20 who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. 21 There is also an antitype which now saves us—baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ,
When a sinner accepts this plan of salvation, God adds them Himself to His church (Acts 2:47).
The new Christian must then live faithfully to Jesus (Revelation 2:10).
This does not mean that a Christian will live perfectly or never sin. When a child of God sins, God forgives and pardons when he repents and prays to The Lord (Acts 8:22; 1 John 1:9-2:2).
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