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Inspiration of Scripture

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Inspiration of Scripture

Before we can put our confidence in the Scriptures we must know its origin. We can start with 2 Timothy 3:16 which says “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 perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” So we see that the Scriptures are inspired by God. Another way to say this is that God inspired the writers of the Bible to write what was written. According to Websters dictionary it was by the supernatural influence of the Spirit of God on the mind that causes the writers of the Bible to write what God wanted. They got this from the Greek word “Theopneustos” that is translated inspiration and really means God-breathed.

From this definition we need to explore what God-breathed meant to the writers of the Bible, or more precisely, how God-breathed filtered down to the words on paper or parchment. The first hint can be surmised by studying scriptures in the New Testament such as Romans 16:25, 1 Corinthians 14:6, and Galatians 1:12, which tell us that the apostles received revelations of the mysteries of God. From this we can deduce that God revealed mysteries to the Old Testament saints in the same manner as was revealed to the Apostles. So revelation is the first step in filtering or transferring Divine truth information to the writers of the Bible. But information doesn't readily translated into words on parchment. We need to dig deeper.

By using the law of first mention in hermeneutics we see the first mention of inspiration is in Job 32:8 which says that the inspiration of God gives understanding. So inspiration follows revelation and is the second mode of conveying information to the writers of the Bible. In this way and with the understanding given by God, they were able to write the Scriptures without error. Going back to 2 Timothy 3:16 we can now see that the scripture was given by inspiration that included understanding from God on what it meant. But understanding doesn't necessarily translate into exact truth, so we must go the next step of inspiration.

In order to determine how the writes wrote the truth exactly without error, we go to John 16:12-13 which states that the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth. This would be true for the New Testament as well as the Old Testament. It was the Holy Spirit that guided the writers to write the exact truth in the scriptures. By “guided” we can surmise that the Holy Spirit used the vocabulary and writing skill and style of each of the writers and guided them in writing so that the exact truth was recorded. This would preclude guiding by the Holy Spirit being a dictation of the words, or by using a trance to get the words written.

Also we can conclude that superior intellect was not involved in the writers since the Holy Spirit used what was available in the many writers. So the writers wrote under revelation, inspiration, and illumination, which also eliminates any theory of limited natural inspiration of the writers. By the Holy Spirit guidance we can rest assured that all the Bible is inspired, as so stated in 2 Timothy 3:16.

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