Friday, May 27, 2022

See Thee More Clearly

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal, saying, “This man is persuading people to worship God contrary to the law.” Acts 18:12-13

It is amazing how the Bible stands up to scrutiny. For instance, there is an archaeological artifact called the Delphi inscription which confirms that Gallio was indeed the proconsul of Achaia as recorded in the Book of Acts. It helps us to date when Paul stayed in Corinth because Proconsuls stay in office for just one year, and Gallio served from the second half of AD 51 to the first half of AD 52. I like listening to videos on biblical archaeology because exciting finds like this are made all the time. 

It is also fascinating to compare the number of New Testament manuscripts with other ancient manuscripts. 24,000 plus manuscripts of the New Testament exist compared to 1,900 of the Iliad, 49 of Aristotle, 10 of Caesar and only 7 left of Plato! The Bible clearly outstrips every other ancient manuscript in sheer number, and we can compare how it was accurately transmitted to this day. 

There are many other reasons why we can count on God’s Word. The more we study and consider the historical and biblical evidence, the more we can be confident that the claims of our Christian faith are true. 

But even if we consider all the evidence that points to the Bible being the Word of God, what will bring us to the foot of the cross is His love for us, the same love that brought Saint Paul to believe in Jesus. In Jeremiah 31, God says ‘I have loved you with an everlasting love, with tender kindness I have drawn you.' 

Dear Jesus, Your love draws me ever closer to You. Help me to see Thee more clearly and love Thee more dearly, and follow Thee more nearly each new day. 

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