Bits of a great conversation I eavesdropped on in Biola: “He makes us worthy to be loved…I’m so encouraged by you.”
These people are freakishly loving to one another, and that’s how you know they are disciples of Christ. Not by the Jesus mural or the highlighted Bibles but by their edifying words.
"34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
We have six-thousand manuscripts, or portions of manuscripts, just to the New Testament alone. If we pull in the Old Testament, we’d push over the twenty-thousand mark, but let’s just talk about the New Testament, because that’s what everybody’s attacking.
Six-thousand manuscripts, or portions of manuscripts, of the New Testament alone. Six-thousand. Now, you may not be impressed by that number. But, let me share with you: Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. We’ve got less than a dozen copies of Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. How do we know what we know about Julius Caesar? Through Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars. We’ve got less than a dozen copies.
New Testament? Six-thousand. Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars, less than a dozen.
How about Aristotle’s poetics? Aristotle’s poetics; that’s how we know about the writings of Aristotle! We’ve got less than ten copies of Aristotle’s poetics.
New Testament? Six-thousand manuscripts or portions of manuscripts. Aristotle’s poetics, less than ten.
How about the writings of Socrates? How many manuscripts do we have of the writings of Socrates? Answer: Zero. The only thing we know about Socrates is that which was written by Plato. There are no surviving writings of Socrates. None. Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
New Testament? Six-thousand manuscripts or portions of manuscripts. The writings of Socrates, none.
‘Yes, but I heard we don’t have any of the originals.’ You’re right, we don’t have any of the originals. You’re right. As a matter of fact, the earliest thing we can put our hands on was written down probably about A.D. 120. Which is around two and a half decades of the writings of the originals.
‘Ha! Gotcha!’ Yeah, you got me.
Julius Caesar’s Gallic Wars; earliest thing we can touch: a thousand years after the original.
Aristotle’s poetics; earliest thing we can touch: fourteen hundred years after the originals.
Socrates; got nothing!
Homer’s Iliad; the earliest thing we can put our hands on: two-thousand one hundred years after the original.
New Testament? Within two and a half decades.
I want to see them. Anyone know who is holding them?