Sunday, October 13, 2019
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2nd Timothy 3:16-17)
The absolute authority of the Bible over our lives is based in our conviction that this Book does not merely contain the Word of God, but that it is the Word of God, in its sum and in its parts. This text testifies to this, describing the actual process of the inspiration (in-breathing of life):
- It is the Word of the Holy Spirit – it is the inspiration of God and translated it means “God-breathed.” This describes the source of the whole Bible’s derivation as transcendent of human inspiration. The Bible is not the product of elevated human consciousness or enlightened human intellect, but is directly “breathed” from God himself.
- 2nd Peter 1:20-21 elaborates his truth and adds that none of what was given was merely the private opinion of the writer and that each writer involved in the production of the Holy Scriptures was “moved by” the Holy Spirit. This does not mean that the writers were merely robots, seized upon by God’s power to write automatically without their conscious participation. God does not override those gifts of intellect and sensitivity that He has given His creatures.
- 1st Corinthians 2:10-13 expands on this process by which the revelation of the Holy Scriptures was given. Verse 13 says that even the words used in the giving of the Bible (not just the ideas, but he precise terminology) were planned by the Holy Spirit, who deployed the respective authors of the Bible books to write, “comparing spiritual things with spiritual”.
What does all this mean … Every word in the Bible is inspired by the Holy Spirit of God!
You are loved, Pastor Don