Writing the New Testament


How could the apostles in New Testament write exactly what Jesus Christ did and spoke when he lived in this world?


Consider what the Bible itself says about the Old Testament:

2 Timothy 3:16 - All scripture is given by inspiration of God...

2 Peter 1:21 - ...men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

New Testament writings were considered as being in the same category:

2 Peter 3:14-16 - Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.

Jesus said specifically to the disciples that they would remember everything because of the comforter given to them:

Matthew 10:16-20 - Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves. But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

John 14:23-26 - Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

For them to write the Gospels and the letters was not a problem. We now have that spirit inspired word written down for us so we can remember too. And when we don't, we can look it up.

Written by Matthew Smith