Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Whom Having Not Seen, Ye Love

Temple Baptist Church - 1-4-2017
1 Peter 1:8


Introduction:

A.  It is amazing that we, as God’s children, can so love One whom we have never seen with the physical eye. It is a love that the world knows nothing about.  It is a love that only the child of God can know.

B.  As Jesus Christ paid a terrible price because He so love, these displaced, scattered Jews also paid a terrible price for this love of Christ.

1.  It was a Reciprocal Love.  1 John 4:19  We love him, because he first loved us.

2.  It was Separating Love.  Matthew 10:37  He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

3.  It was an Obedient Love.  John 14:21  He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

4.  It was a Constraining Love.  2 Corinthians 5:14-15  For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  (15)  And thathe died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.

C.  Though it was a
“faceless” love, it was not a “baseless” love!  The first 9 verses show the basis of this great love that God’s children have for the Lord Jesus Christ.

1.  We Love Him For His Great Salvation – vs. 3

2.  We Love Him For His Marvelous Grace – vs. 2

3.  We Love Him For His Glorious Peace – vs. 2

4.  We Love Him For His Wonderful Prospect – vs. 4

5.  We Love Him For His Blessed Assurance – vs. 5

6.  We Love Him For His Infinite Wisdom – vs. 6-7

7.  We I Love Him For His Unspeakable Joy – vs. 8

8.  We Love Him For His Promised Eternity – vs. 9

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Being Faithful In 2017

Temple Baptist Church - 1-1-2017
Hebrews 10:19-31


Introduction:

A.  New Year’s Day! 

1.  In the south, it stands for collard greens, black eyed peas, and cornbread!  You gotta love the south. 

2.  Someone said the south stands for God, Grits, and Guns.  I love all three!  I love God with all my heart.  I love grits with salt and butter.  I love guns and knives so I guess that makes me a bad person in the eyes of the progressive liberal?  

B.  Another year has passed and, as I look back, I am thankful for 2016!

1.  God has blessed us in so many ways.  Let us ever be mindful of it.

2.  A tale has been told.  Our successes and our failures are “written in stone.”  Last year is “water under the bridge” that cannot be changed but can be learned from.

3.  A clean slate has been set before us. 

a)  We need forgiveness for the failures.

b)  We should be thankful for the successes.

c)  We need to be responsible to remember and correct history.

C.  I want this year’s beginning theme to be one of faithfulness.  The First Mention of the word “faithful” is found in the Book of Numbers:

Numbers 12:7  My servant Moses is not so, who is faithful in all mine house.  (Keep in mind that Moses was not sinless [he did not get to cross Jordan into the Promised Land], he was faithful.  Faithful in all!  We are all imperfect and too often imperfect by choice but sinlessness is not a prerequisite for faithfulness.  I am not promoting sinfulness but am just explaining that God can use imperfect people.)

D.  As we enter the New Year (I am not all about New Year’s Resolutions but I am all about resolve), we need to have a steadfast resolve concerning what we believe and our willingness to pay the price for standing thusly.  Resolve means determination, doggedness, firmness, and tenacity.  We hear about being as tenacious as a Bull Dog.  Well, I have never owned one but we need to be tenacious!

E.  We live in an ever-changing world.  I am not speaking about the age of technology but in the realm of both morality and theology.  Things are rapidly changing in our world and our nation.

1.  People of our day are questioning their values.  A value is something that you believe in and hold dear.  I personally do not question every value that I have been taught.  I do not have to “re-invent the wheel.” Right is still right; wrong is still wrong; sin is still sin; the Bible is still the final authority!

2.  People are changing their way of thinking about the Bible, the God of the Bible, and questioning everything that they have ever believed about both.  Many are changing without knowing that they are changing because the change is subtle.  We use the phrase “getting used to the dark.”  A slow encroachment upon both the Truth and the value of such Truth.  It never ceases to amaze me when I look at the science of our day that does its best to prove that there is no God.  You only try to disprove what you fear.

2.  We that are saved know what time it is and we have read the end of the Bible but, when studying the Church Age in chapters 2-3 of the Book of the Revelation, we see the downward spiral of the churches.  Thus, in these last days, we see the Laodicean Church Age in full bloom. I am not worried about the world, though I do want them to come to know the Lord that I fell in love with so many years ago, I worry about God’s people! 

F.  In the First Mention of any subject, God will state His mind on the subject and will never vary from it.  Moses was a servant of God and was faithful “in ALL mine house.” 

1.  To see faithfulness as God sees faithfulness is to find faithfulness in everything that we do for Him.  I have often used this illustration: “If a man is faithful to his wife 364 days out of the year and is unfaithful to her on only one day a year, it he faithful?” 

2.  I don’t think that we must have the ladies answer that question, do we?  Because we live in days of unfaithfulness, we have somewhat changed the definition of the word.  So many church members have become sporadic in both attendance and service.

3.  Faithfulness is defined as being true, devoted, staunch, constant, loyal, dependable, steadfast fidelity, bound by a pledge.

G.  In the New Testament, Paul said, “Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”  (1 Corinthians 4:2) Faithfulness is a requirement for stewards.

1 Peter 4:7-11  But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.  (8)  And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves: for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.  (9)  Use hospitality one to another without grudging.  (10)  As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  (11)  If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

H.  As we move toward the end of time, we find the diminishing of faithfulness—especially in the spiritual realm.  “To thine on self be true” has become the slogan of the world.  Faithfulness to self alone is failure to those whom you love.  Faithfulness to self alone is a failure to those things that we should hold dear.  To the world, salvation without faithfulness expresses itself as just having religion.

I.  As we enter the New Year, we need to do so with a renewed determination: that is resolve, steadfastness, doggedness, firmness, and tenacity.  This morning, I want to look at the word “determination” for a few minutes.

1.  Determination is a statement of Character.  Spiritual or moral parameters in one’s life.  Character is what you are when no one else is around.  Proverbs 20:6  Most men will proclaim every one his own goodness: but a faithful man who can find?  (In our day, faithfulness is a scarce commodity.  Jim Pennington used to say, “Bro. Dave, I can’t do much but I can be faithful.”  Unfaithfulness shows a lack of character.)

1 Corinthians 4:2  Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

2.  Determination is a statement of Conviction.  A strong principle upon which one stands.  Conviction is something that is not negotiable.  1 Corinthians 16:13  Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.  (In our day, strong men and women is a scarce commodity.  Stand for nothing, fall for anything.  I know what I believe and I believe that what I know is right! Unfaithfulness shows a lack of conviction.)

2 Timothy 3:14  But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

3.  Determination is a statement Consecration.  A dedication to something of great importance.  1 Corinthians 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  (In our day, commitment is a scarce commodity.  Commitment to things of eternal value.  Many things are worth living for but some are worth dying for.  Unfaithfulness shows a lack of consecration.)

2 Timothy 4:7  I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

Conclusion:  We face another New Year!  It is hard to believe that 2017 is at hand but, if the Lord has not returned, it will also soon be gone for time waits for no man.  This morning, I am glad that I know both what and Whom I have believed.  I am not “blown about” by every fad or “wind of doctrine.”  I am well established in the “present truth” that, what I have believed is right, and it will continue to be right!

Hebrews 3:14  For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end;

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Four Things Trials Should Produce

Temple Baptist Church - 12-28-2016
1 Peter 1:6-9

Introduction:

A.  We have spent a lot of time looking at trials because they are a way of life.  The Old Testament is a “gold mine” when it comes to preaching on the troubles and trials of this life.  One Book often referenced is Job.  Job summed things up in chapter 14:

Job 14:1-2  Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.  (2)  He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down: he fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not. (Trials and tears are a way of life!  Sorrow comes our way more often than we like.)

B.  It is in the valleys that we grow.  It is the hard places in life that produce both spiritual growth and spiritual strength.  Men are born out of adversity!  I have often said that the true measure of a man is not found in that which he accomplishes but rather in what it takes to stop him.

Ecclesiastes 7:2-4  It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.  (3)  Sorrow isbetter than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.  (4)  The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

C.  Tonight, I want to look at three things that trials should produce in the life of God’s children.  Verse 7 says, “might be found.”  Might or might not is up to the individual.  I have often said that, when troubles hit, you can come out better or bitter.  It is personal choice and I choose better.

1.  A Faithfulness to the Will of God.  Verse 6.  “A faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted.”  Paul said to “Examine yourselves.”  Too many people leave the will of the God and the local church when trials come.  Satan is an “isolator!”  He divides and conquers.  Our Lord said that “a house divided” cannot stand.  Sin can divide but also trials tend to do so.  Trials caused Peter to deny the Lord thrice. 

Luke 22:31  And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:  (Satan uses our circumstances to “sift” us.  “sift” simply means to separate.  Most of you ladies have a sifter to remove the lumps in flour.  Satan uses the “sifter” of trials to remove our faith in Christ.)

2 Timothy 2:26  And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.

Luke 22:41-43  And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,  (42)  Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me:nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.  (43)  And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.  (When we, in our weak moments, bow to the will of God—it is there that we will find strength to endure and overcome.)

2.  A Whole heartedness in our Trust of God.  Verse 7.  The Holy Ghost compares our trials to be far better than “gold that perisheth.”  Trials become precious when they produce the right results.  I have often said that, if you can trust the Lord with your eternal soul, you can trust Him with your life.  Trusting Christ when you cannot track Him. 

Proverbs 3:5-6  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.  (6)  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.  (This is one of those easy to quote but hard to live verses.  We often use it until we come to the hard places in life.  Trusting the Lord with all our heart means to know that He loves us and has final say in all our circumstances.  We must trust “though now for a season, if need be” as God knows!)

John 20:29  Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

3.  A Fervent Love for God.  Verse 8.  “Whom having not seen, ye love … joy unspeakable and full of glory” are words that the world will never understand.  The child of God loves the Lord Jesus!  One who does not love Him does not know Him!

1 Corinthians 16:22  If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.  (As trials are what strengthens the love between a man and a woman, our trials should strengthen our love for Christ.

4.  A Blessed Hope of Deliverance.  Verse 9.  Trials are proof that this world is not our home.  One day, the Lord will wipe all tears from our eyes because the “former things” of pain, suffering, disappointments, sorrow, troubles and trials will all come to an eternal end when we are finally and eternally home.  We have a place prepared for us through the applied blood of Christ on the Mercy Seat in heaven.  Until that day, we will indeed suffer but must do so with commitment to the will of God.

1 Peter 4:19  Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.


Sunday, December 25, 2016

The Word Made Flesh

Temple Baptist Church - 12-25-2016
John 1:14; Matthew 18:1-25; Luke 2:1-19


Introduction:

A.  Christmas morning is Sunday morning this year.  What a wonderful time to be in church!  This morning makes this Christmas a special one.  Christmas is all about the incarnation of Israel’s long awaited Messiah and our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

1.  456 passages of Scripture in the Old Testament refer directly to Christ.

2.  45 times in the New Testament, when referring to the incarnation, the Bible declares that it was “fulfilled” concerning Christ.

B.  I do not want to go into the math this morning but will give some figures proven to be true by a secular mathematician concerning the prophecies of Christ and their fulfillment.

C.  Peter Stoner, Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, used the science of probability to determine the chance that these prophecies could all occur in one person.  The value and accuracy of the science of probability has been well established.   Professor Stoner, calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies concerning the Messiah and submitted his figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4). I have all the computations that were mathematically derived from this study at the end of this message but I want to just give the “gist” of it.  If you would like to see it all, I have the notes.

1.  The mathematical conclusion was that for the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem was one in 300,000.  That is just the fulfillment of one prophecy.

2.  After studying just 8 different prophecies, they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all 8 was one in 10^17 or one with 17 zeros behind it.  That is 100 quadrillion!  Suppose that we take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. That is 268,820 square miles! They would cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would've had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom (Idem, 106-107).

3.  In another calculation, Stoner used 48 prophecies (Idem, 109) (even though he could have used Edersheim's 456), and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number 10^157. (ten unquinquagintillion – un-quin-qua-gin-tillion) Again, 45x the Bible uses the word “fulfilled” when speaking of the life of Christ.

4.  Electrons are very small objects. They're smaller than atoms. It would take 2.5 TIMES 10^15 of them, laid side by side, to make one inch. Even if we counted 250 of these electrons each minute, and counted day and night, it would still take 19 million years just to count a line of electrons one-inch long (Stoner, op. cit, 109).

5.  God so thoroughly vindicated Jesus Christ that even mathematicians and statisticians, who were without faith, had to acknowledge that it is scientifically impossible to deny that Jesus is the Christ.

D.  I wanted to read 3 accounts of the birth of Christ this morning as each sheds light upon the incarnation of Jehovah God in the flesh. 

1.  The Book of John sets forth the deity of the eternal Jesus Christ, the Word of God—Jehovah God in flesh.  When describing the eternality and incarnation of Israel’s Messiah, our Lord and Saviour—Jesus Christ, we find no more detail anywhere in the Bible than is found in these much-preached verses. 

2.  The Book of Matthew shows who He was, how He came, and the reason for His coming.  The virgin born Son of God, the Saviour of the world. 

3.  The Book of Luke shows the time frame in which He was born, the place of His birth, who He was, and why He came.

E.  So much can be said about the birth of Christ and what He did for us through the incarnation. 

1.  He sought us.

2.  He bought us.

3.  He illuminated us.

4.  He convicted us.

5.  He convinced us.

6.  He graciously saved us.

7.  He abides within us.

8.  He marvelously keeps us.

9.  He works through us.

10.  He protects us.

11.  He provides for us.

12.  He guides us.

13.  He succors us.

14.  He is coming for us!

15.  That will preach!!

F.  For a few minutes this morning, I want to look once again at the Lord Jesus Christ.  I do not think that I can preach enough about Him.  I do not think that I will ever understand everything about Him. 

1.  There was none before Him

2.  There is none like Him

3.  There is none beside Him

4.  There will never be one after Him! 

5.  He was that He was.

6.  He is that He is

7.  He will be what He will be!

G.  John 1:1-14 has perhaps the best description of who our Lord Jesus was as well as what He became and came to do.  I just want to lift His name for a few minutes this morning.  He certainly is worthy of both our praise and our preaching.  Dr. Harold Sightler taught us “preacher boys” to preach Christ.  He often told us to never stray far from the cross for it was the preaching of Christ and Him crucified that would win the world to God.

H.  John 1:1-14

1.  Vs. 1-2 – His Person - We See Christ As God!  He is the eternal God and the only true God!

John 8:58 Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.

Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.  (The phrase “I AM” means “to exist!”  All that I can say about God is that HE IS!  The world can accept Him or reject Him but that does not change the fact that HE IS!!  When this world is gone and time is no more HE IS!!)

2.  Vs. 3 – His Power - We See Christ As Creator – Jesus Christ is the Jehovah God of the Old Testament, the Creator of all things.  Don’t take my word for it.  Take God’s Word for it.

Genesis 1:1  In the beginning God (that’s HIM) created the heaven and the earth.

Psalms 33:6 By the word of the LORD (that’s HIM) were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his (that’s HIM) mouth.

Colossians 1:16-17 For by him (that’s HIM) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him (that’s HIM), and for him (that’s HIM): 17 And he (that’s HIM) is before all things, and by him (that’s HIM) all things consist.

Hebrews 1:2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by [his] Son(that’s HIM), whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom (that’s HIM) also he made the worlds; (All I can say is that HE DID IT!  I do not have to understand it to believe it!  I know that the Word of God declares that He formed the heavens and the earth through the spoken Word of His mouth and I believe it.  HE DID IT!!  Nothing has been created since He DID IT!  Matter can neither be created nor destroyed.  It can only be changed!)

3.  Vs. 4-5 – His Purpose - We See Christ As Life! It is because of the very breath of God that you and I live.  He is our mortal Life!  He is our spiritual Life!  It is through Him that we believe!

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

1 John 5:12 He that hath the Son hath life; [and] he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.  (Without Him, there is no life.  Without Him no life could possible exist!  You may have physical life ([and that came from Him] but without Him you have no spiritual life.  You are dead in trespasses and sins!)

4.  Vs. 6-9 – His Purity - We See Christ As Light!  I want to say this morning that He is THE LIGHT, not a light!  THE LIGHT that shines through this sin darkened world to point the wandering sinner to Himself!

1 John 1:5  This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

John 8:12  Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Psalms 18:28 For thou wilt light my candle: the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness.  (To have Christ is to have Light, to not have Christ is to live a life of total darkness!)

5.  Vs. 10-14 – His Pre-eminence - We See Christ As Saviour!  If you get to Heaven, it will through the FINISHED WORK of Jesus Christ: the gospel!

Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.

Isaiah 43:11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

John 10:9 I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.  (Jesus Christ is my Lord and Saviour!  All my hope is found in Him!  He is my eternal Life!)

Conclusion:  What a wonderful Saviour is Jesus my Lord!  Do you know Him this morning?

***
Professor Emeritus of Science at Westmont College, Peter Stoner, has calculated the probability of one man fulfilling the major prophecies made concerning the Messiah. The estimates were worked out by twelve different classes representing some 600 university students. The students carefully weighed all the factors, discussed each prophecy at length, and examined the various circumstances which might indicate that men had conspired together to fulfill a particular prophecy. They made their estimates conservative enough so that there was finally unanimous agreement even among the most skeptical students. However Professor Stoner then took their estimates, and made them even more conservative. He also encouraged other skeptics or scientists to make their own estimates to see if his conclusions were more than fair. Finally, he submitted his figures for review to a committee of the American Scientific Affiliation. Upon examination, they verified that his calculations were dependable and accurate in regard to the scientific material presented (Peter Stoner, Science Speaks, Chicago: Moody Press, 1969, 4). 

For example, concerning Micah 5:2, where it states the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem Ephrathah, Stoner and his students determined the average population of BETHLEHEM from the time of Micah to the present; then they divided it by the average population of the earth during the same period. They concluded that the chance of one man being born in Bethlehem was one in 300,000, (or one in 2.8 x 10^5 - rounded), After examining only eight different prophecies (Idem, 106), they conservatively estimated that the chance of one man fulfilling all eight prophecies was one in 10^17. To illustrate how large the number 10^17 IS (a figure with 17 zeros), Stoner gave this illustration : If you mark one of ten tickets, and place all the tickets in a hat, and thoroughly stir them, and then ask a blindfolded man to draw one, his chance of getting the right ticket is one in ten. Suppose that we take 10^17 silver dollars and lay them on the face of Texas. They'll cover all of the state two feet deep. Now mark one of these silver dollars and stir the whole mass thoroughly, all over the state. Blindfold a man and tell him that he can travel as far as he wishes, but he must pick up one silver dollar and say that this is the right one. What chance would he have of getting the right one? Just the same chance that the prophets would've had of writing these eight prophecies and having them all come true in any one man, from their day to the present time, providing they wrote them in their own wisdom (Idem, 106-107). In financial terms, is there anyone who would not invest in a financial venture if the chance of failure were only one in 10^17? This is the kind of sure investment we're offered by god for faith in His Messiah. From these figures, Professor Stoner, concludes the fulfillment of these eight prophecies alone proves that God inspired the writing of the prophecies (Idem, 107) - the likelihood of mere chance is only one in 10^17! Another way of saying this is that any person who minimizes or ignores the significance of the biblical identifying signs concerning the Messiah would be foolish. 

But, of course, there are many more than eight prophecies. In another calculation, Stoner used 48 prophecies (Idem, 109) (even though he could have used Edersheim's 456), and arrived at the extremely conservative estimate that the probability of 48 prophecies being fulfilled in one person is the incredible number 10^157. In fact, if anybody can find someone, living or dead, other than Jesus, who can fulfill only half of the predictions concerning the Messiah given in the book "Messiah in Both Testaments" by Fred J. Meldau, the Christian Victory Publishing Company is ready to give a ONE thousand dollar reward! As apologist Josh McDowell says, "There are a lot of men in the universities that could use some extra cash!" (Josh McDowell, Evidence that Demands a Verdict, California: Campus Crusade for Christ, 175). How large is the number one in 10^157? 10^157 contains 157 zeros! Stoner gives an illustration of this number using electrons. Electrons are very small objects. They're smaller than atoms. It would take 2.5 TIMES 10^15 of them, laid side by side, to make one inch. Even if we counted 250 of these electrons each minute, and counted day and night, it would still take 19 million years just to count a line of electrons one-inch long (Stoner, op. cit, 109). With this introduction, let's go back to our chance of one in 10^157. Let's suppose that we're taking this number of electrons, marking one, and thoroughly stirring it into the whole mass, then blindfolding a man and letting him try to find the right one. What chance has he of finding the right one? What kind of a pile will this number of electrons make? They make an inconceivably large volume. This is the result from considering a mere 48 prophecies. Obviously, the probability that 456 prophecies would be fulfilled in one man by chance is vastly smaller. 

According to Emile Borel, once one goes past one chance in 10^50, the probabilities are so small that it is impossible to think that they will ever occur (Ankerberg et. al., op. cit., 21). As Stoner concludes, 'Any man who rejects Christ as the Son of God is rejecting a fact, proved perhaps more absolutely than any other fact in the world (Stoner, op. cit., 112).' God so thoroughly vindicated Jesus Christ that even mathematicians and statisticians, who were without faith, had to acknowledge that it is scientifically impossible to deny that Jesus is the Christ. our thanks to David Williams, a mathematician who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ.”