GBL-8 - Inspiration Of Scriptures
“All scripture is inspired of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). Welcome to our study of the inspiration of Scripture. One of the most-fundamental Christian doctrines is that of the inspired Word of God—the fact that the Bible is not the writing or ideas of men, but is instead the Word of God. Every word in the Bible was breathed by God. The psalmist said in Psalm 119:160 by way of summarizing what inspiration is all about, “The entirety of Your word is truth, and every one of Your righteous judgments endures forever.” By “inspiration,” we mean that from Genesis 1:1 to the last verse of the Book of Revelation, the Bible is the absolute truth on all matters that relate to religion. The subject of inspiration is a very important topic because many people think of the Bible as merely a “good book of moral suggestions.” To them, the Bible is like a philosophy book or a book dealing with moral issues—simply a good book of moral suggestions. But the Bible does not claim to be “just a good book of moral suggestions.” While its teachings are indeed moral in nature, the Bible is much more than just a moral guide. In John 6 Jesus made some hard statements to His followers when He referred to how they would have to “eat His flesh” and “drink His blood.” He was talking, of course, about how His followers needed to incorporate His life and teachings into their own lives. But the statements He made were so difficult that the Bible tells us that some “walked with Him no more.” Jesus then turned to those who were left and said, “Will you go away also?” Peter responded in John 6:68 by saying, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” The Bible is a book that contains “words of eternal life.” If we want to know how to live forever spiritually, and if we want to make it to Heaven, then we must acknowledge the Bible as the Word of God. It will be our final judge. Jesus said, “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day” (Jn. 12:48). The Bible is full of “spirit and life” (Jn. 6:63).