The Berean Expositor
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Again the issues are evident. Either Paul speaks the truth, or he does not. If he does,
then Moses actually did erect the tabernacle in the wilderness, and the critics are found to
be liars.
(3) THE NEW COVENANT.--Paul brings to a climax the doctrinal teaching of his
epistle to the Hebrews in chapter 10:, where he reaches the subject of the offering made
for sin by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, "once for all". He follows this in verse 15 with
the words, "Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us", and proceeds to quote from
Jer. 31:
Here therefore, in the short range of one epistle, the Holy Ghost is attested as the
Author of Psa. 95: He is said to have "signified" certain lines of truth in the tabernacle
and its ministry, and to bear witness to the truth of the New Covenant given by God in
In the first chapter of the Acts we have another instance. Peter stood up and said:
"Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the
Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to
them that took Jesus" (Acts 1: 16).
Here a Psalm of David is the passage in question, where, writing out of his own bitter
experience, he said, "Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of
my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me" (Psa. 41: 9), but the Holy Ghost, Who
inspired the record, looked down the centuries to a greater betrayal than that of
Ahithophel. If, moreover, Ahithophel subsequently "hanged himself", as did Judas,
we should not be surprised, so full, so complete, is the inspiration of Scripture
(II Sam. 17: 23).
Like guardians at the two extremities of the Acts stand the references to the
Holy Ghost. Peter's statement in Acts 1: 16, to which we have just referred, and Paul's
in Acts 28: 25, where it is recorded:
"And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had
spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers"
(Acts 28: 25).
and Paul goes on to quote, in full, Isa. 6: 9 and 10.
Again, writing to the Corinthians, the Apostle said:--
"Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth" (I Cor. 2: 13).
We can have a book evidently inspired by "man's wisdom", or we can have a book the
"words" of which are taught by the "Holy Ghost", and it is the testimony of the Chapel of
the Opened Book that the Scriptures are the Word of God, "true from the beginning".