“And regard the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as also our dear brother Paul wrote to you, according to the wisdom given to him, speaking of these things in all his letters. Some things in these letters are hard to understand, things the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they also do to the rest of the scriptures.”
2 Peter 3.15-16
Peter’s reference to Paul’s letters indicate they were widely read and highly regarded as inspired Scripture early on.
To what does “these things” refer that Paul wrote about in all his letters?
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INSPIRATION AND REVELATION
The scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments are inspired (“breathed out of God”) and are an infallible account of God’s dealings with man down through the ages. The Bible sets forth the gradual unfolding of the grand scheme of redemption that was brought to fruition by the life, death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, and the setting up of His spiritual kingdom, the church. Continue reading
INSPIRATION AND REVELATION (Part 1)
The Scriptures affirm of themselves that they all were “given by inspiration of God” (II Timothy 3:16). “Inspiration” literally means “breathed out of God.” The words of the Bible (Holy Scripture) were “breathed out of God” into the writers so that what they wrote was, in fact, the word of God. The apostle Peter declared that “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (II Peter 1:21). Continue reading
Do you believe the Bible is the verbally inspired Word of God and that it is without error? ( ) Yes ( ) No
My answer is YES! The Bible itself claims to be the inspired word of God. Continue reading
The scripture for today, April 15, is 1st John 4:15 as found in the New Testament of the Bible:
“And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.”
The New Testament was written by people who walked and talked with Jesus. They saw his miracles, they heard his amazing words. They were eyewitnesses. Continue reading
A good summary statement on “The New Testament as Scripture” by Francis Van Tate, in New Testament Survey, by Don Shackelford, ed.
The New Testament was given by inspiration of God and has been transmitted down through the ages and restored in a trustworthy fashion; therefore, when it is correctly translated and properly interpreted, its message is the exclusive doctrine of Christ and God’s required moral standard” (p. 39).
Are there any parts you might tweak?
In R.C. Sproul’s book, Can I Trust the Bible? he discusses the issue of inspiration and whether it was dictation or whether each writer was allowed to express their own personality/writing style.
He summarizes with this:
“We do not know the process by which inspiration was given. But because of inspiration, no matter how God brought it about, every word of Scripture carries the weight of God’s authority.”
1. Do you agree with him?
2. Can we truly know how it was done?
3. What are your views on this issue?