A Posterity

If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you have the most important job in the world: to make Jesus known and to tell people how they can experience a new life today, and eternal life in the future.

One of the incredible prophecies of the Messiah is found in this chapter: Psalm 22:30-31. Here, David writes that a “posterity shall serve Him.” Just 300 years after Jesus died and rose from the dead, His church had grown to over 33 million people; or 56.5 percent of the total population of the word.[1] Today, more that two billion people believe-in and trust-in the accounts of Jesus Christ that have been left to us by the writers of the New Testament.[2] The influence of Jesus upon the world, in history, literature, and education, is unparalleled by any other person of antiquity.

The inscription on the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia reads: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout all the Land unto all the Inhabitants thereof.” These words come from the Bible (Leviticus 25:10).

At the beginning of each term of office for the President of the United States, the leader of the free world, raises their right hand to take the oath of office and place their left hand on the Bible.

Dr. Martin Luther King stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D. C., and delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, quoting from the Book of Amos 5:24, “We will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.”

The Bible is the central and foundational book of all Western culture, particularly, including American culture. According the Guinness Book of World Records; “the Bible is the best-selling book of all time, with over 5 billion copies sold and distributed.”[3]

The United States of America would not exist without the influence of the Bible upon the Founding Fathers.

Regarding the influence of the Bible on human society: Professor George Lindbeck said this:

“Its stories, images, conceptual patterns, and turns of phrase permeated the culture from top to bottom. This was true even for illiterates and those who did not go to church, for knowledge of the Bible was transmitted not only directly by its reading, hearing, and ritual enactment, but also indirectly by an interwoven net of intellectual, literary, artistic, folkloric, and proverbial traditions. There was a time when every educated person, no matter how professedly unbelieving or secular, knew the actual text from Genesis to Revelation”

President Theodore Roosevelt said:

“no other book of any kind ever written in English has ever so affected the whole life of a people.”

Many of the words and phrases that we use everyday, originated in the pages of the Bible:

Sean Patrick Hannity, American radio and television host, author, and conservative political commentator, is fond of saying: “let not your hearts be troubled” (John 14:27).

Other phrases that are commonly used:

“The salt of the earth” (Matthew 5:13).
“The signs of the times” (Matthew 16:3).
“The root of the matter” (Job 19:28).
“Old wives’ tales” (1 Timothy 4:7).
“You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32).
“Do unto others as you would have them do unto to you.” (Luke 6:31)
“Judge not that you be not judged” (Matthew 7:1)

The first settlers who made the arduous journey west, brought two books with them: The King James Bible, and the complete works of William Shakespeare.

Harvard University was the first college in America. The basis of their guidelines for students, stated that they should: “lay Christ in the bottom, as the only foundation of all sound knowledge and learning.” Secondly: “Every one shall so exercise himself in reading the Scriptures twice a day.”[4]

Out of the first 108 colleges that were founded in the United States, 106 of these were based upon the Bible and Christian faith.[5]

If not for the Bible, English and American literature would scarcely exist.[6] The most influential literary scholar of the second part of the twentieth century was Northrop Frye. He stated that the Bible should form the basis of literary education

“The Bible should be taught so early and so thoroughly that it sinks straight to the bottom of the mind, where everything that comes along later can settle on it.”

David’s prophecy that a “posterity shall serve Him,” has been literally fulfilled in the record of history.

The Messiah will have eyewitnesses who will testify of His life, death, and resurrection. Those who read their testimony will take the Gospel to the whole world.

Old Testament Prediction:

Psalms 22:30-31 “A posterity shall serve Him. It will be recounted of the Lord to the next generation, They will come and declare His righteousness to a people who will be born, That He has done this.”

New Testament Fulfillment:

Mark 16:15 And Jesus said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.”

John 17:20 (Jesus) “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”

John 10:16 “And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”

1 John 1:1-4 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life—the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us—that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.”

1 John 4:14 “And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world.”

Influence Because of Reliability

The word posterity in verse 30 of Psalm 22, is defined as “descendants.” Those who first recorded the events of Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, distributed their words to the churches who were in Asia at the time Jesus church began. The leaders of these churches meticulously copied the letters they received and redistributed them to other churches. This action continued for many hundreds of years, leaving the entire world with a reliable record of what Jesus accomplished for us at the cross, and by His resurrection.

Today we have nearly 25,000 copies of the original letters which were first distributed by the writers of the New Testament. There is no other record of antiquity that has this vast number of manuscripts to support any event that has occurred in the past history of the world.

Experts today confirm that the total number of copies that we have of the New Testament are “overwhelmingly greater than those of any other work of ancient literature.”[7]

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Of all the copies of the New Testament that are in our possession today, not one basic doctrine of the Christian church is in controversy, when the entirety of these many copies are compared. The only scriptures from the New Testament which are contested by biblical critics are those which contain spelling and punctuation errors. Of the forty lines of scripture which are considered “questionable” in all 25,000 of these manuscripts, only 400 words are in question. Not one of these lines that are in doubt would bring any doctrine of the Christian faith into question. Scholars who take a hostile approach to the New Testament and seek to discredit its authenticity, by asserting that there are many of these manuscripts which are “questionable,” are being quite disingenuous. The vast majority of all biblical scholars agree that the New Testament has come down to us intact from the original dates of their writing.

Bruce Metzger is considered one of the world’s leading scholars concerning the text of the New Testament. He taught for many years at Princeton Theological Seminary. In his book, “Text of the New Testament,” he stated that when we compare the record of all other secular documents with the massive number of existing manuscripts for the New Testament, these secular documents are “embarrassed by the wealth of the New Testament material.”[9]

F.F. Bruce (1910-1990) was a Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England. During his distinguished career, he wrote more than forty best-selling commentaries and books. Dr. Bruce also served as the general editor of The New International Commentary on the New Testament. In regards to the reliability of the New Testament, in his book, “The New Testament Documents: Are They Reliable?” he said this:

“There is no body of ancient literature in the world which enjoys such a wealth of good textual attestation as the New Testament.”[10]

In regards to any of the so-called “disputed texts” of the New Testament, Sir Frederick Kenyon, author of “The Bible and Archeology,” Biblical Scholar and one of the world’s greatest authorities in the New Testament textual criticism, said:

“No fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith rests on a disputed reading…. It cannot be too strongly asserted that in substance the text of the Bible is certain: Especially is this the case with the New Testament. The number of manuscripts of the New Testament, of early translations from it, and of quotations from it in the oldest writers of the Church, is so large that it is practically certain that the true reading of every doubtful passage is preserved in some one or other of these ancient authorities. This can be said of no other ancient book in the world.”[11]

See the chapter in this book: Confidence in the Text, for further details on the reliability of the New Testament scriptures.

We are the posterity, today, that this prophecy was written for. It is our duty as followers of Jesus to continue to distribute the true record of His life, death, and resurrection to as many people as possible. In these words are found; eternal life. What could be of greater importance than delivering this message to other people who have yet to hear or understand what Jesus has done for them? I have attempted, in some small way, to be a continuing conduit of distribution for this message; by way of the prophetic scriptures. It is my opinion that when a person comes into a knowledge that God has written in advance, the total plan of salvation—through predictive prophecy; this revelation will open up an entirely new world of wonder.

God has placed the salvation of all people into the hands of faithful men and women.

The Creator of the universe has entrusted us with His word—to tell every living human being the wonderful news. The secular world, the atheists, the Pagan, and the intellectual, have nothing to offer the world that can compare with the limitless joy which is brought to each one of us who come to know Jesus, the Messiah, as our Savior.

If you are saved today and on your way to heaven, it is for certain that your knowledge of God’s plan of salvation came from another person who told you about it.

When Jesus was praying to the Father, in John Chapter 17, He was praying for all those who would believe in Him, in the future; by the testimony of men who saw and heard Him and recorded these events for all of us.

John 17:20 (Jesus) “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word…”

God chose this method to make Himself known. It is by this written testimony, which is found in the New Testament; that we know and understand that Jesus is the promised Messiah and only Savior of the world. How do we know this with certainty? God told us through faithful men who recorded these predictions in the Old Testament and then fulfilled over 365 prophecies in the New Testament, in order to validate His word.

Certainly, we can understand that God, who has the technology to bring into existence this magnificent universe—also has the ability to communicate the precise words that would allow us to know Him. He has ensured that these words have come down to every generation, in the form of the Bible. Although there may be slight errors in spelling and punctuation during the thousands of copies which were made; the facts of God’s plan of salvation are crystal clear. God saves human being by the death and resurrection of His Son. We are the recipients of this powerful work of preservation today.

It is my desire that all who read the pages of this book, find that the Bible is credible, factual, and reliable. Within the pages of the 66 books of the Bible, God has engineered thousands of prophetic words, all of which; exist to direct the minds and hearts of men and women to Jesus.

These prophecies of the Messiah are meant by God to point us to the true Savior that He has sent into the world. The way that we may identify Him, is by understanding what the prophets of the Old Testament have written, and how Jesus is the only person who has fulfilled all of these requirements. If you had no other text—except the 17 prophecies of Psalm 22, you would have enough evidence to conclude that Jesus is the Messiah.

As you read and believe, may you take what you have learned and tell it to others who will also believe. They, in turn, will tell these things to others, and so on. This is the mission that Jesus has given to us; and it is the only method whereby other human beings can be saved. We literally hold the power of life and death in our hands. People are perishing every day and going into eternity without being saved. God will hold each one of us accountable for the souls of those people who we came in contact with during our lifetime.

All that we are required to do is tell people about Jesus. Salvation is of the Lord, but witnessing to people so that they will come to Jesus for that Salvation is our responsibility.


[1] Stark, Rodney (9 May 1997). The Rise of Christianity. HarperCollins. ISBN 978-0-06-067701-5. page 6.
[2] 1. The Global Religious Landscape | Pew Research Center’s Religion & Public Life Project.
2. The CIA’s World Factbook gives the population as 7,021,836,029 (July 2012 est.) and the distribution of religions as Christian 31.59% (of which Roman Catholic 18.85%, Protestant 8.15%, Orthodox 4.96%, Anglican 1.26%), Muslim 25.2%, Hindu 15.0%, Buddhist 7.1%, Sikh 0.35%, Jewish 0.2%, Baha’i 0.11%, other religions 10.95%, non-religious 9.66%, atheists 2.01%. (2010 est.)
[3] According to Guinness Word Records: more than 5 billion Bibles, with an equal number of other books, written by multiple authors, during the last 2,000 years. http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/best-selling-book-of-non-fiction/
[4] A History of Harvard University, Benjamin Peirce, 1833, Appendix, p. 5
[5] The Bible in Schools, W. W. Everts, 1870, p. 9
[6] Literary scholar T. R. Henn has written that the Bible “becomes one with the Western tradition, because it is its single greatest source.”
[7] “The Bible and Archeology”, J. Harold Greelee, Chapter 37, Page 15.
[8] 1. Information for the preceding charts was gathered from the following sources: Kurt Aland’s Journal of Biblical Literature, Vol. 87,1968; Kurt Aland’s Kurzgefasste Liste Der Griechischen Handschriften Des Neven Testaments, W. De Gruyter, 1963; Kurt Aland’s “Neve Nevtestamentliche Papyri III,” New Testament Studies, July,1976; Bruce Metzger’s The Early Versions of the New Testament, Clarendon Press, 1977; New Testament Manuscript Studies, (eds.) Merrill M. Parvis and Allen Wikgren, The University of Chicago Press, 1950; Eroll F. Rhodes’ An Annotated List of Armenian New Testament Manuscripts, Tokyo, Ikeburo, 1959; The Bible and Modern Scholarship, (ed.) J. Phillip Hyatt, Abington Press, 1965.
2. McDowell, Josh (1999-03-02). Evidence That Demands a Verdict, 1 (Kindle Locations 1214-1219). Thomas Nelson – A. Kindle Edition. Evidence That Demands a Verdict, by Josh McDowell, ISBN 0-918956-46-3 (Kindle Location 1213). Thomas Nelson – A. Kindle Edition.
[9] Bruce Metzer, “Text of the New Testament”, “In contrast with these figures, the textual critic of the New Testament is embarrassed by the wealth of his material.” Chapter 62, Page 34.ISBN-13: 978-0195161229
[10] F F. Bruce: “The New Testament Documents, are they reliable?” Chapter 15 Page 178. ISBN-13: 978-0802822192
[11] The Bible and Archeology New York: Harper & Row, Sir Frederic George Kenyon GBE KCB TD FBA FSA (15 January 1863 – 23 August 1952) was a British paleographer and biblical and classical scholar.