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by Rev. Ronald D. Lesley, Th. M., D.D.

Chapter II 

The Inspiration of Scripture

2 Tim 3:16 (King James Bible) All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

2 Tim 3:16 (American Standard Version) Every scripture inspired of God [is] also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness.

The differences in 2 Timothy 3:16 in the American Standard Version (ASV), and the King James Bible(KJB), should be noticed. The ASV expresses to me that only scripture inspired is profitable. Are not all Scriptures given and inspired of God? Are there Scriptures that were not given, or inspired of God? There is a very different emphasis in the subject, verb, and their modifiers in the American Standard Version. This can only lead to confusion to the reader.

The King James Bible, as well as the Greek, tells us that "all Scripture" is given by inspiration and is inspired of God. This is the exact translation from the Greek to the English. If it is Scripture, God gave it to us, and it is Inspired by Him. "All Scripture is given by inspiration," literally meaning, "God Breathed" is the point of emphasis. The Greek word translated inspired is theopneustos (theh-opí-nyoo-stos) meaning literally, "God Breathed." The King James Bible translators render it correctly, "given by inspiration of God."

Inspiration is that extraordinary, or supernatural Divine influence given to those men who wrote the Holy Scriptures rendering their writings infallible, and without error. "All scripture is given by inspiration of God" communicates the mind of God to man correctly. Inspiration of God is true of all the sacred writings of the Bible. This is not in the sense of their being works of genius, or of supernatural insight, but as "theopneustic," literally given by the breath of God. God gave His Word in such a manner that the writers were supernaturally guided to express exactly the words He intended them to express. The Bible is the special supernatural revelation of His mind, and will. The testimony of the sacred writers themselves abundantly demonstrates this truth.

Biblical Inspiration then concludes that the Bible is infallible, and is the very Word of God. It is profitable "for doctrine; for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works." We must then conclude through this doctrine, the doctrine of verbal plenary (meaning every word) inspiration, meaning that every word is God Breathed.

There are no errors in the Bible. None have been proven to exist. Difficulties and phenomena which we cannot explain are not errors. All the books of the Old and New Testaments are inspired. We do not say that they contain, but that they are the very Word of God.

The Divine gift of Holy Ghost Inspiration rendered the writers the instruments of God, for the infallible communication of His mind and will, in the very manner, and words in which He originally intended, and gave it.

The nature of inspiration is given in the Bible. Moses received the Law written by God Himself on tables of stone. "And he gave unto Moses, when he had made an end of communing with him upon mount Sinai, two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus. 31:18" These tables of stone were broken by Moses. He threw them down breaking them as he saw the sin of Israel breaking Godís Law as he returned from Mt. Sinai. "And the LORD said unto Moses, Hew thee two tables of stone like unto the first: and I will write upon these tables the words that were in the first tables, which thou brakest. Exodus 34:1

Moses was directed as he received the written Word from God. These were writings from God given to Moses for all mankind. However, not many scriptures were given in this manner. Some prophets and Apostles received visions, others were moved under the control of the Spirit, yet, they were all equally inspired. They were all equally infallible.

2 Peter 1:21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

The inspiration of the sacred writers did not omit their personality. They retained all their individual peculiarities as thinkers and writers. God often used their personal experience and actions to communicate His mind.

There are those who hold that verbal plenary inspiration is true only in the originals. If this is true, since we have no originals, it must be up to man to determine by their opinion what is the Word of God. This is the same position of the modernist and liberals of the past.

Those holding to original inspiration only, are not willing to rely on the past leadership of the Holy Spirit to preserve His Word. They are not willing to see His leadership in bringing together those men who assembled the "Received Text," and translated it into English.

This is the same position of liberals and modernist who say it is up to man to determine what is the Word of God. Those holding this view are usually men of the Greek and Hebrew languages who elevate themselves to be the authority of what is the Word. It is a matter of their ego of elucidation. This leads to the weakening of faith in others as to authority of the scriptures. This position is held by some so called, "fundamental protectors of Truth." These men usually of universities, and colleges, set themselves up as the protectors of "The Faith" for those ignorant preachers and saints who have not their educational expertise. All liberals set themselves up as protectors of those ignorant masses who need them. They fail to understand the protection and preservation of the Word of God by God Himself.

It is interesting to me that this view of inspiration in the originals only, is centered around universities and colleges where academia is the supreme, with little, or no interest in the local church. Pastors of local churches in the past were the educators of the young preachers in their preparation for the ministry. Churchmen throughout history have held that the Bible they possess in hand, and heart, is the Inspired Word of God! The clergy throughout history were the most educated in their society. They were the teachers in the institutions of higher learning.

These Scriptures express the manner in which God gave us His Word:

Jer 36:2 Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.

Ezekiel 1:3 The word of the LORD came expressly unto Ezekiel the priest, the son of Buzi, in the land of the Chaldeans by the river Chebar; and the hand of the LORD was there upon him.

Acts 1:16 Men and brethren, this scripture must needs have been fulfilled, which the Holy Ghost by the mouth of David spake before concerning Judas, which was guide to them that took Jesus.

Acts 28:25 And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers,

2 Tim 3:16-17 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.

2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. :21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

Heb 1:1-3 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, 2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Neh. 9:30 Yet many years didst thou forbear them, and testifiedst against them by thy spirit in thy prophets: yet would they not give ear: therefore gavest thou them into the hand of the people of the lands.

2 Peter 3:2-3 That ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: 3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts,

Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

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