Archive of Pastor Darby's Sermon Notes, transcribed from his original typewritten documents

Acts 1:3

MANY INFALLIBLE PROOFS

Jan 3, 1965 pm

INTRODUCTION- THE STUDY OF EVIDENCES IS IMPORTANT TO THE CHRISTIAN- GOD PLACES NO PREMIUM ON IGNORANCE.

  1. Proof will cure honest doubt
  2. Proof will make believers steadfast
  3. You can give them a reason for your faith- There is almost no limit to the source material for many infallible proofs

I- INFALLABLE PROOFS THERE AND THEN- IN PERSON "He shewed Himself"

A. The apostles saw the empty tomb

  1. These men were not Mystics- they were hard bitten businessmen- fisherman, tax collectors, doctors, theologians
  2. Like Thomas many of them doubted, but their doubts ceased.
  3. The first proof was that they loved Him, and would have given Him a decent burial-

B. They saw Jesus alive after His death many times

  1. I Cor 15:5-8 gives the systematic proof to the early church
  2. It takes the eyewitness of two or three men to condemn a man to death
  3. How many witnesses does it take to prove a man alive?

C. They died for their faith in Christ

  1. For a noble idea, for a close friend, some would dare to die.
  2. For a wrong idea some would die, if they were too far away to know it is wrong.
  3. But these men were close to Christ, they died for their testimony of His resurrection, and as soon as they lived their lives were changed and made honest, honorable, good.

II. INFALLIBLE PROOFS- YET TODAY IN THE LIVING WORD "He still shews Himself"

A. Jesus is the master figure of all prophecy

  1. There are literally hundreds of Old Testament prophecies concerning the person and work of Christ,
  2. Jesus while He lived fulfilled these in the most minute detail
  3. Looking back now we can see these proofs better than the apostles themselves period time tested.

B. Jesus, the most mysterious of all persons.

  1. His miracles proved to the common people that He was from God.
  2. His teachings proved to the scholars (Nicodemus) that He was come from God.
  3. His lasting moral beauty is proof enough to the true philosopher or theologian.

C. Jesus, His amazing work- and it continues to this day

  1. Jesus took a hard bunch of men, a sinful bunch of women, and made them Saints
  2. Their lives were changed, they launched an attack on the world itself and turned it upside down
  3. I've seen this power change lives, and the only reason we aren't upsetting the world is that we get sidetracked too easily- and won't follow our leader

III. INFALLIBLE PROOFS- CLEARLY SHOWN IN THE WRITTEN WORD- We have it- and He shows Himself in it.

A. THE BIBLE is the most proven book in all the world by scientific evidences

  1. Over 2,000 Old Testament manuscripts, 4,000 Greek New Testament manuscripts, 8,000 Latin Vulgates,
  2. 1,000 in other languages, over 13,000 manuscript copies of parts of New Testament--
  3. And if all of them were destroyed- Bible could be replaced by church father quotations

B. THE BIBLE is the most proven book by internal evidences and logic

  1. It is accurate in scientific fields- astronomy, cosmology, anthropology, archaeology,
  2. Its message- 36 writers, 66 books, 2,600 years, yet its message is a unified message
  3. The only logical conclusion a person can come to is that it is God's word

C. THE BIBLE as the written word- bears witness of the Living Word

  1. Through this seed basket of the Bible- we find life germinated in our soul.
  2. Through its total ministry we find the person of Christ for us to love
  3. It works- will you let it?- (I Pet 1:8) "Whom having not seen you love"

CONCLUSION- PROOFS ARE GIVEN TO LEAD TO DECISIVE ACTION- If you don't act, the proofs are null and void

  1. If you know all these things- blessed are you if you do them- (John 13:17)
  2. Look for evidences of Christ's will for your life, and obey him
  3. Turn your back on all these evidences, and you are under the double wrath of God.