I have decided to end this series of scripture supporting apologetics today. I have reviewed four New Testament verses and three Old Testament verses. I could continue until further notice. There is so much support and examples of apologetics within the Bible I feel it should now be obvious to most readers of this blog. My point has been well documented throughout this series. The Bible indeed supports apologetics.


Now, let’s take a few minutes and look back at the verses used to show how the Bible supports apologetics.

I started with Matthew 22:37, which tells us to love God with all our heart soul and mind. Jesus is the one talking and he refers to this as the first and greatest commandment. I mentioned Voddie Baucham and spoke about a vertical versus a horizontal love of God. The main point being we, as Christians, typically skip this command, as it is hard and requires knowing why we love God.

The following week I wrote from 2 Corinthians 10:5. Remember, the verse that states we destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against God? I wrote about all the people claiming Christianity and to consider what our kids are being taught in public schools. Not to mention all the cults and false religions masquerading as Christianity.

2 Corinthians 10:5, a verse that we, as Christians, are supposed to be doing. Not just apologists, all Christians. Paul is speaking to the people of Corinth of a problem in the first century just as the same problem we have today. We must, if to be considered relevant, and follow scripture, destroy arguments, not be confrontational, but to help people understand, and opinions, are just that, Christianity is based on facts, not opinions.

Week three I used Titus 1:9. Verse nine states “He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound[a] doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.” Paul is giving instruction and encouragement to his young preachers. He is writing to Titus probably from Macedonia in the early 60s. Titus, like Timothy, was a new church leader that Paul treated as his own son. Titus 1:9, an apologetic verse sent to Titus in Crete. A verse written to help Titus appoint leaders in a new church. Providing him, Titus, with qualifications for such leaders, and what the new leaders are to be taught and carry out in their duties.

1 Peter 3:15 was the last New Testament verse used and the “go to” verse for apologetics. Peter writes that we as Christians are to give an answer for the hope we have. He is writing to suffering Christians. Christians that are being persecuted for their beliefs.

Beginning in chapter 1 verse 13 Peter tells us to keep our minds ready for action and set our hope on the grace of Jesus Christ. He speaks of how we came to salvation through the blood of Jesus. He emphasizes the Truth of Christianity through the resurrection. We are to love God first, and one another. Sound familiar?

In fact, the Apologetic Study Bible commentary, states, as previously stated here, we are not to simply set back as our brothers and sisters suffer, telling them “it will be okay, think of the reward in heaven.” We, as the church, are to take care of one another!

Remember the first and greatest commandment. We are shown in 1 Peter how to do that very thing. Even in suffering, God must come first! And if we love God, as instructed, we must, yes must, it is not an option, be able to give a reason for the hope we have. That hope is in Christ. Consider the impact of knowing, or having an answer, during suffering, that we, the church, would have when we are not suffering. Thus, apologetics is vital in our everyday walk. This one verse, if nothing else, not only provides so many examples, from suffering, to husbands and wives, to government, of why we must always, not sometimes, but always, be ready to give an answer for the hope we have.

Those are the 4 verses I used for the New Testament, now turning to the Old Testament.

I started with the greatest miracle, according to Dr. Frank Turek, the first sentence in the Bible, “In the beginning God created”, and then used what I referred to as two children’s stories; the parting of the Red Sea and Jonah in the belly of a big fish.

All three verses provide evidence, which is apologetics, and all three are much deeper than they appear through a casual reading. I am not going to go into much detail on the Old Testament verses due to the hope of you understanding the obvious.

Apologetics, giving an answer, evidence, reasoning, defending the truth of Christianity is not only biblical, but commanded in scripture. I used seven verses. There are so many more. Look at the examples in the book of Acts alone! Better yet, now that I have given you examples, when you read and study, pick out the apologetics used throughout scripture.

I pray you understand what and why you believe you are a Christian and that you will apply the use of apologetics in your everyday walk with God.

 


John Mays is the Regional Director for the state of West Virginia. He is also the Chapter Director at Marshall University. Contact him at johnmays@ratiochristi.org