Bible is a supernatural revelation. The word revelation means an uncovering.
Since the Bible is an expression of the mind of God, it is a revelation, an
uncovering. The New Testament is "God's wisdom in a mystery, even the wisdom
that hath been hidden, which God foreordained before the worlds unto our
(I Cor. 2.7).
None of this world's rulers knew about this wisdom before it was revealed
for "Things which eye saw not, and ear heard not, and which entered not into
the heart of man, whatsoever things God prepared for them that love him"
these "God revealed ... through the Spirit for the Spirit searcheth all
things, yea the deep things of God"
(I Cor. 2:8-10).
mystery means something previously hidden or covered that is now made known
or uncovered. Human eyes, ears, and minds did not know this covered wisdom
of God. The Holy Spirit did for He searches the deep (the hidden) things of
God. The New Testament then is a revelation to man's mind and not a
discovery of man. In fact, its words are those of the Spirit for Paul so
affirms: "Which things also we speak, not in words which man's wisdom
teacheth, but which the Spirit teacheth; combining spiritual things with
(I Cor. 2:13).
The title of
this article comes from
2 Timothy 3:16,17;
"Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for
reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of
God may be complete, furnished completely unto every good work."
The God-Breathed Word
scripture means writing and in this connection means a sacred writing. The
word inspired has been misunderstood in this connection. It comes f rom two
words: God and breathed. Literally then, it means God breathed. Every
God-breathed writing is the idea. The heavens and the earth are the product
Likewise the sacred scriptures are God's product. He spoke them into
existence. The scriptures are God-breathed, the result of God's speaking.
Man is the instrumentality used by God in giving the scriptures to the
world. The Holy Spirit searched the mind of God and communicated the things
of His mind to man who wrote them in words chosen by the Holy Spirit
(I Cor. 2:13; 1 Thes. 2:13).
The men moved by the Spirit spoke as the Spirit gave them utterance
(2 Pet. 1: 21; Acts 2:4).
God did not
inspire the scriptures in the sense of impressing His truth or breathing
into the men but rather the idea is that the scriptures are the very words
that left God and came to man through the Spirit's agency. The words never
changed from the time they left God until they were spoken by the human
Holy men of old
spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit
(2 Pet. 1:21).
The word moved in this connection means the men were borne or taken to the
desired end. Thus the Spirit directed them in speaking to accomplish the end
or purpose God had in mind. Through the Spirit the men spoke the very words
God purposed or intended that they speak. For this reason Paul could say
"the gospel of God, which he promised afore through his prophets in the holy
We are forced
to conclude that scriptures did not come by human investigation, nor by
man's will but by the inspiration of the Spirit
(2 Pet. 1:21).
Consequently, the scriptures are even more trustworthy than eye witness
(2 Pet. 1:19).
God and The Bible
scriptures are identified with each other. Scriptures are spoken of as if
they were God. "And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the
Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand unto Abraham, saying, In
thee shall all the nations be blessed"
Yet when one reads the account of this Old Testament utterance, he learns
that the Genesis record says God spoke to Abraham
Paul says that
scripture preached the Gospel to Abraham but Moses says that God said this
to Abraham. We are forced to conclude that God said in scripture that the
Gentiles would be justified by faith. The point is that the scripture
contained the word of God. A similar reference to scripture as if it were
God is in
Paul says that scripture said to Pharoah, "For this very purpose did I raise
thee up, that I might show in thee my power, and that my name might be
published abroad in all the earth." But when one turns to
and reads the
statement, it is attributed to God. Again the point is that the scriptures
are the words of God.
The reverse of
the preceding is true-God is spoken of as if He were scripture. Christ
refers to marriage as it was in the beginning and stated that the One who
made them said ' "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother,
and shall cleave to his wife"
A study of
where this statement occurs does not mention who spoke the words. In fact, a
casual reading of the passage seems to indicate that Adam says the words but
Jesus affirmed that God said them. In this instance God is spoken of as if
scripture. The only consistent conclusion is that the scripture is the word
The Authority of the Scriptures
Since God has
so emphatically declared that the scriptures are His product, the result of
His out-breathing, what does that say about the authority of scripture?
Jesus asserted that scripture cannot be broken (John
The word broken means to loose or to take out of effect. The point is that
whatever God bound cannot be loosed. The same word is used by John the
Baptist when he stated that he was not worthy to loose the latchet of
Christ's shoes. What God has tied, no man can loose. What the apostles by
the authority of Christ bound on earth had already been bound in heaven and
what they loosed on earth had already been loosed in heaven
(Matt. 16:19; 18:18).
The whole Bible
is so closely knit that acceptance of one part entails logically and
consistently the acceptance of all of it. Jesus argued that the Jews who
believed Moses were bound to believe Him (Christ) or disbelieving Him to
disbelieve Moses for he wrote of Christ
scriptures are God-breathed, every word is authoritative and must be
observed for the purpose and design for which it was given. Jesus made an
argument with the Jews to hinge on one word gods
(John 10:34, 35; cf. Ps. 82:6).
made an argument involving the tense of a verse in a dispute with the
Sadducees. He appealed to a conversation God had with Moses in which God
said that He was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; He was not the God of
the dead but of the living. Since God said I am their God, end since they
were dead, it follows that though they had departed from fleshly existence
they were still alive. This silenced the Sadducees who believed that people
ceased to exist-they did not believe in spirits
(Matt. 22:23-33; cf. Acts 23:8).
from the singular number of a noun in
Seed is singular and refers to Christ in the promise God made to Abraham
scripture inspired of God" is a comprehensive statement and involves the
acceptance of what they say. The fact that scripture is inspired should
cause us to search to find what God's will is. Once we know that will, we
should diligently seek to obey it.
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