The Bible is the inspired book wherein we find salvation and hope. The Holy Spirit tells us, “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”(2 Timothy 3:16,17, NKJV). Let us examine this passage.
All of Scripture is inspired. As the Contemporary English Version says, “Everything in the Scriptures is God’s Word.” “To the question whether Scripture itself claims any special authority, the twofold answer is that the Old Testament and the New Testament everywhere imply this, and that they sometimes give it direct and open expression.” /1
Paul refers specifically to the Old Testament in 2 Timothy 3:16,17 that Timothy had learned as he grew up (2 Timothy 1:5; 2 Timothy 3:14,15). Peter later calls the writings of Paul, Scripture (2 Peter 3:15,16). Thus, “all scripture” refers to both testaments.
“Paul does not mean that there are Scriptures which are not inspired of God. An uninspired ‘Scripture’ would not be ‘Scripture.'” /2 “He means that every book and passage of Scripture (both Old and New Testament) given by the inspiration of God is (because of that inspiration) profitable for the uses described.” /3
God’s Word confidently affirms inspiration throughout. God wrote the Law of Moses (Exodus 32:16). Samuel said, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue” (2 Samuel 23:2). Likewise, the prophets were repeatedly told to speak the word of the Lord. Luke affirmed that David wrote by the authority of the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:16).
Scripture was not left to men’s fancies but was given by the wisdom of God. Peter said, “knowing that no prophecy of Scripture (is) of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (1 Peter 1:20,21). Psalm 119:89 says the “word of God” was “settled in heaven” before time began. We have no hope of altering or affecting the words of God (John 10:35). His disciples are set apart by this truth that came from God (John 17:17).
Paul claims inspiration for his writings. He says that what he teaches is that which he received from the Lord (1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Corinthians 11:23). He said in Galatians 1:11,12, that he spoke by the “revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The Bible is “throughout a divine book, created by the divine energy and speaking in every part with divine authority directly to the heart of the readers.” /4
These facts force us to face the truth of God’s Word. His teachings have divine authority and must be obeyed. Jesus said that the words he spoke would judge us on the last day (John 12:48). John later said, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know you have eternal life” (1 John 5:13).
The words of Scripture are inspired and contain the way to salvation and heaven. Yet, within these words are commandments guiding our lives toward righteousness and morality. It is because of these guidelines that many doubt the inspiration of Scripture. They want to reject the moral and ethical requirements of the Christian walk. Yet, these commandments do not go away because we wish to hold on to our sins. God still promises Jesus will return for the judgment day. And God, cannot lie (Titus 1:2). We know that because the Bible tells us so.
1/ G. W. Bromiley, “Authority of Scripture,” The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1988. 4:362.
4/ B.B. Warfield, “Inspiration,” The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1982, 2:844.
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