“Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? Luke 6:46
In conversion the poor convinced sinner ventures on Christ and resolves to hold on to him: ‘Here, I stand; and if I perish, I perish; if I die, I will die here, I will not go from your door.’ Before conversion, man makes light of Christ and cares more for his friends and merchandise than for Christ. Now, Christ is his daily bread and the staff of his life. He desires that Christ be magnified. Before, religion was a fancy, but now to live is Christ. The sincere convert accepts a complete Christ. He loves not only the reward, but labour. He seeks not only the benefits, but the burden of Christ. He takes up the commands, yes, even the cross of Christ. The unsound ‘convert’ takes Christ by halves. He is all for the salvation, but not sanctification. He is all for the privileges, but neglects the person of Christ. This is an error in the foundation. Whoever loves life, let him beware here. It is an undoing mistake. Many men do not love the Lord Jesus in sincerity. They will not have him as God offers him, ‘as Leader and Saviour’ (Acts 5:31). They divide what God has joined King and Priest. They desire salvation from suffering, but do not desire to be saved from sinning. They would be saved and keep their lusts; they are content to destroy some sins, but cannot leave the lap of Delilah. They cannot be cruel to the right eye or hand. O be infinitely careful here, your soul depends upon it! The sound convert takes a whole Christ without exceptions without limitations without reserve. He is willing to have Christ upon any terms. He is willing to have the dominion of Christ as well as deliverance. He says with Paul; ‘Lord, what will you have e to do?’ Anything Lord.
The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?
Can we trust the New Testament? Hasn’t it all been disproved? Doesn’t modern scholarship show that it was all made up much later, so that the supposedly historical foundations of Christianity are in fact a figment of the imagination?
This sort of thing is said so often in the media, in some churches, and in public life in general that many people take it for granted that nothing can be said on the other side. But, as so often, this is where careful, accurate historical scholarship of the type in which F.F. Bruce excelled has a quiet, thorough, and complete answer. Yes we can trust the New Testament. For a start, the documents themselves—the manuscripts from which our knowledge of the New Testament comes— are in far, far better shape than the manuscripts of any other work from the ancient world, by a very long way. Examine the New Testament, and you’ll find that our knowledge of it rests on a very large number of manuscripts, several hundred in fact, which go back as far, in some cases, as the early second century, less than a hundred years after the books were first written. There is better evidence for the New Testament than for any other ancient book.
This Modern Classic in the Field of New Testament Studies offers a compelling defense of biblical truth. F. F. Bruce, one of evangelicalism’s most respected scholars, makes a clear case for the historical trustworthiness of the Christian Scriptures, drawing on evidence from the New Testament documents themselves as well as extra-biblical sources. Concise chapters explore the canon and dating of the New Testament, the nature of the Gospels (including a look at miracles), the life and writings of Paul, and archaeological and literary evidence. Including here a completely updated bibliography. Bruce’s long-standing affirmation of the New Testament is still as authoritative and engaging as ever.
“Fred Bruce was a tower of strength in the worlds of scholarship and faith, and in particular to those who, like him, were and are determined not to separate the two. There are many recent books which explore the New Testament from a wide variety of angles. But this book is far from being out of date. Indeed, it remains one of the best popular introductions [to the topic of New Testament critical study] available. Enjoy it; think about it; use it as the basis for further exploration.” —N.T. Wright
Paperback; 149 pages