How much will this argument be enforced, when we further consider, of many other particulars revealed in Scripture, which none but God could possibly know? As that there are three that bear record in heaven, 1 John 5:8, 1 Tim. 3:6, John 1:14. That God was manifested in our flesh, so as the alone Mediator was God/Man in one Person. Could any Creature declare these, if it were not inspired and taught of God? Again, how could any Creature come to know , how the world was made? or how could man come to know, how himself was first made out of dust? Can the creature remember the time or know the manner of its own Creation? And where have these but in Scripture?
You will say, these and the like are revealed in Scripture: But how doth the argument hold good, that the Scripture is of God, because these things are revealed in it?
The argument is good, and cannot be otherwise accounted by any, that are not professed Antichristians, because they own these Revelations as Divine, and Heavenly Truths. For (I say again) seeing we have in Scripture the great concernments of our Eternity, and so many things past finding out by any creature, we must of necessity own and acknowledge God alone to have written this word. Nat Atheists themselves cannot but know that they are dust.
And know I shall enforce this, by showing further, the Scripture cannot be the work or invention of any Creature, either Angels, or Men, good or bad. Good men, or Angels would never devise such things, and say they were from God. For that would be such belying God, as we cannot rationally believe them capable. Wicked men and Devils would never attempt any such thing, as penning and publishing such a Book which tends so much to the exalting of God, and abasing themselves. This would have been to destroy and overthrow all which they labor so much to uphold. Hence we make this challenge, who it was that composed this Book (we call the Bible) if God did not?
If any object, that it may be a collection of many things made up out of the monuments of many ages, we may justly demand, what hands they were that compiled them, and when, and where they lived. If they live in Moses’ time, how could they write of the Kings? If in the time of the Kings, how could they give an account of the latter? If in the times of the latter, how came the dispersed Jews to have so many Copies of the Law of Moses? In a word, how could any man, or men write of so many things done in so many ages, so far distant one from another? or how could any man give an account of what was done from the very beginning, and before man was made?
Thomas Ford, Scripture’s Self-Evidence: To prove its Excellence, Authority, Certainty in itself, and Sufficiency (in its kind) to ascertain others, That it is Inspired of God to be the Only Rule of Faith, (London: Printed for Edward Brewster, and are to be sold as Mr. Marriotts and Scrivener; over against Hicks-Hall, in St. John’s Street, 1667), 12-15.