Week2_2Why_Every_Word_is_Inspired

Week2_2Why_Every_Word_is_Inspired - VI INSPIRATION...

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VI. I NSPIRATION : G UARANTEEING THE W ORD OF S CRIPTURE Inspiration is the guidance or influence of the Holy Spirit on the human writers of Scripture so that God controlled them in such a way that what they wrote was exactly what God wanted them to write without error. There was no error in grammar, historical locations, sociological understanding, mathematics, geology, geometry, or geography. Inspiration is a supernatural guidance executed on the sacred writers by the Spirit of God, by which their own personal writings become the divine Word of God. The influence of inspiration is applied to the author’s vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, ability to develop a logical thought, or to his poetic, homiletical or scientific ability to do historical research. While inspiration has used the limitation of the authors, it does guarantee that what they wrote was accurate. When authors transcribed material words unknown to them, the act of revelation was happening along with the influence of inspiration. To say that God inspired every word of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16) does not mean that every statement is true. It only means that they are accurate. Scripture accurately records that the serpent said, “You will not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). But it was a lie. The advice given to Job by his friends is wrong, yet the Bible is accurate in recording exactly what they said. A. A DEFINITION OF INSPIRATION. The central focus of the doctrine of inspiration is based on a Greek word theopneustos ( θε o π v ευστ o ς ) used in 2 Timothy 3:16. Inspiration is based upon two words, ( θε o ς , “God”) and ( π v ευμα , “spirit”). It might be better translated “God breathed out,” rather than the usual translation “in breathed.” Inspiration comes from the same word that is translated “God is spirit,” or “the breath of God.” Since breath is life, when God put His Spirit into the words of Scripture, He was also putting His life in Scripture. Paul believed that the Scriptures are directly from God. Of his own writings Paul wrote “which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth” (1 Cor. 2:13). Note the following description of inspiration. Inspiration Involves . . . a. Inspired guidance by the Holy Spirit b. Inspired personality of the authors c. Inspired words, d. Resulting in an inspired text. 1 . Inspired guidance . Inspiration recognizes the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon the writers. But everyone does not use inspiration with this meaning. Sometimes people use “inspiration” to describe the “enthusiasm” of a brilliant artist or musician. We define the word as it is used in its context in Scripture. The Bible says “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).
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