The Inspiration of the Scriptures
We previously looked at the formation of Scripture and the wonderful way it all came together.
Let’s consider the fact that it is Divinely inspired. In 2 Timothy 3:16 we read, “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God.” The simple understanding of the word inspiration means it is God breathed.
There are many who teach that only parts are inspired while the rest is added by human thought and experiences. This verse states quite definitely that all of the Bible is from God.
The Lord Jesus while being confronted by the Devil reminded him, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by EVERY word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
The new believers at Thessalonica gave reason to thank God without ceasing, because “When you received the Word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, which also works effectively in you who believe” 1 Thessalonians 2:13.
Dear believer, what is your attitude to the Scriptures you read? Listen to what James says, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” James 1:22.
The Profit of the Scriptures
Paul not only brings to us the inspiration of the Scriptures in 1 Timothy 3:16-17 but also the tremendous profit it adds to our lives. It is for “doctrine, reproof, correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man (or woman) of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
In this letter, Paul speaks about being nourished up in good, sound teaching which is so important in laying a solid foundation for Christian living and service. It is the doctrine that shows us the right way.
The reproof is to reveal to us when we have gone wrong. The correction is to get us back on to the right path. David could say, “He restores my soul.” Psalm 23:3. How many times have we been blessed by the restoring grace of our God leading us back to Himself through His Word.
Finally, the instruction in righteousness keep us going in the “paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake” Psalm 23:3! One other thing to consider is teaching children the Holy Scriptures, “which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” 2 Timothy 3:15. May this be an encouragement to Parents and all who work in bringing the Gospel to children in a very ungodly world!
The Searching of the Scriptures
In conclusion this subject is inexhaustible but here are a few pointers to encourage, especially our younger people to take the time to patiently search them out.
The believers at Berea “received the Word in all readiness, and searched the scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” Acts 17:11. Do you just accept what you hear from speakers on your platform or do you search it out to see if it is true?
Peter warns of many false teachers among us “who bring in destructive heresies” and it says, “many will follow many of their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed.” 2 Peter 2:1-2.
It is good to follow the exhortation from Paul to the young Timothy, “give attention to reading, exhortation, to doctrine, meditate upon those things, give yourself wholly to them, that your progress may appear to all. Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine continue in them, for in doing this will both save yourself and those who hear you.” 1 Timothy 4:13