Welcome to The Reasons to Believe podcast, episode #208. My name is Daniel Whyte III, president of Gospel Light Society International.
Our Reasons to Believe Scripture Passage for today is II Timothy 3:15-16. It reads, “And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Our Reasons to Believe quote for today is from John Frame. He said, “So it is with reference to the writers of the Scriptures. They were carried along, borne along, under the control and direction of the Holy Spirit of God. They wrote as the Spirit directed them to write. They were borne along by Him so that what they wrote was exactly that which the Holy Spirit intended should be there. What they wrote was, in a very real sense, not their words; it was the very Word of God.”
Today we are continuing the topic of scripture, its inerrancy, infallibility and inspiration using “Our God-breathed Book: The Bible – The Verbally Inspired, Eternal, Inerrant Word of God” by John R. Rice. Our Reasons to Believe powerpoint today comes from Chapter 3: “The Bible Claims To Be The Inspired Word of God” Part 1.
Nothing any man can say or think about the Bible is as important as what the Bible says itself. There are many reasons for believing that the Bible is all it claims to be, but the Bible itself is its best witness. And the Bible does clearly, repeatedly, and without any question or limitation, claim to be the very inspired Word of God.
I. SOME BASIC SCRIPTURES CLAIMING DIVINE INSPIRATION
Consider, first, there are many express statements that the Bible is inspired or is the Word of God or proceeds from God. Then, in literally hundreds of cases it claims to speak for God. Further, the Bible claims such perfections as could be only true of a God-given Book, and the claim for inspiration includes all parts of the Bible.
1. The Scriptures Are Breathed Out by God
A fundamental statement of Scripture about inspiration is in II Timothy 3:15,16. The Scriptures are breathed out by God. We read:
“And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
Note this passage speaks of “the holy scriptures” and these writings “are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
But the express statement in verse 16 is even stronger: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God.” And that is why it is so profitable and thoroughly furnishes the man of God, we are told. Even if you change the order of the words as they are in the American Standard Version of 1901, “Every scripture inspired of God is also profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for instruction which is in righteousness…,” it does not change the meaning. A certain group of writings are, all of them, given by inspiration of God.
Webster’s New International Dictionary defines inspiration thus:
inspiration. 2. Theol. a A supernatural divine influence on the prophets, apostles, or sacred writers, by which they were qualified to communicate truth without error; a supernatural influence which qualifies men to receive and communicate divine truth. Various theories as to the degree, extent, and mode of the inspiration of Scripture are held. That of plenary inspiration regards the inspiration as extending to all the subjects dealt with; that of verbal inspiration extends the inspiration to every word. Some writers identify these two kinds. The theory of moral inspiration limits the inspiration and consequent authoritativeness to the moral and religious instruction the writings contain. As to its mode, inspiration is held by some to be mechanical, and the writers to have been simply amanuenses of the Holy Spirit, and by others to be dynamical, and the writers to have been moved by the Holy Spirit operating on and through their natural faculties.
But the word “inspiration” here means a great deal more than the English term usually would imply. Our English word comes from the Latin “inspire,” meaning “to breathe in.” It is the opposite of the word “expire” or “breathe out.” Thus some would take it to mean that God breathed into men’s writings and makes them the Word of God, or He breathed on the writings in such a way as to supervise and keep them from error.
But the meaning in the original Greek, theopneustos, is much more definite. It is literally God-breathed. All Scripture is “God-breathed,” that is, the Scripture itself is breathed out from God. God is its origin. The miracle of the Scriptures came directly from God. A similar terminology is that used when God made Adam “and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Gen. 2:7). This is about as strong a statement as human language could make about the inspiration of the Bible. The Scripture was breathed out by God. This is so important, and so often not understood, we stress the point.
Lord willing, we will continue this topic in our next episode.
Now, if you are listening today, and you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, please keep in mind these reasons to believe. God bless!