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New Testament

The Internal Witness of the Gospels

The four Gospels provide plenty of solid reasons to trust their historical accuracy.

The life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, as told in the New Testament Gospels, form the very foundation of the Christian faith. With so much at stake, how can we be sure that the Gospels tell the truth? Along with archaeological discoveries and the bibliographical evidence from manuscripts, the Gospels themselves provide plenty of convincing arguments in favor of their trustworthiness in relaying historical facts and, by implication, spiritual truth.

Eyewitnesses: The Gospels claim to be written by eyewitnesses of the events. The author of the Gospel of John affirms, “That…which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon and our hands have handled…we declare to you.” 1 John 1:1, 3. The apostle Peter concurs: “For we did not follow cleverly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of His

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  2. J. H. Charlesworth, “The Historical Jesus in the Fourth Gospel: A Paradigm Shift?Journal for the Study of the Historical Jesus, No. 8, 2010, pp. 40–42.