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Necessary Inference (also known as Inescapable Conclusion) is one of the least understood methods of Bible teaching. This method is the favorite method of the writer of the Epistle to the Hebrews. The main theme of Hebrews is: The Old Covenant taught by Necessary Inference that the New would be better.
Jesus also used Necessary Inference. As an example, when the Sadducees were attempting to disprove the resurrection of the dead, Jesus used Exodus 3 to prove that those who have died, still exist. Now the fact is that Exodus 3, does not mention resurrection and it does not state that those who have died still exist. How then did Jesus use Exodus 3, to prove that the Sadducees were wrong?
Jesus pointed out that God had stated in Exodus 3, that He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. God made this assertion three times in Exodus 3. Now these three men had died centuries before the events of Exodus 3 and Jesus asserts that God is NOT a God of those who do not exist. The point that Jesus makes is that anyone who reads Exodus 3, is forced to conclude that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob have not ceased to exist.
Jesus' use of Exodus 3 to make this point is found in. Mark 12:26,27
In Acts 15, James used Necessary Inference to establish that it was God's will that the gospel be preached to the Gentiles.
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