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Inspiration of the Bible

By Justin Johnson

There are thousands of books published every year. Many are authored by unknown people. It is a fact that the more popular you are, the more interested people are in reading your book. It is the same with people of great influence. When you have held positions of authority or great signficance somehow the words you write bear more weight.

The Bible was penned by some forty different men many of whom we know very little about and some held positions of minor worldly significance. Yet the author is God. The creator of all things, life giver, and source of truth.

You cannot overvalue the significance of the Bible because of its origin from the mouth of God. King David praised the word of God.

“In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.” – Psalm 56:10

Again David praises God for his truth saying,

“…Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. ” – Psalm 138:2

Some will diminish the reliability of scripture because it was penned by men, has been transferred through numerous centuries, and all without modern scientific oversight and digital replication.

Yet we are given this promise as a starting point.

“Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. ” – 2 Peter 1:20

If God has written words then they would be worth more than all the books humanity has ever inspired. It is true that humans penned the words but they were moved by God to write the very words from the mind of God.

With this doctrine we are equipped to study every passage and word of the Bible to gain eternal truths for application in our termporal lives.

Paul confirms God’s inspiration and explains that the scriptures are able to profit mankind unto salvation and so much more! Believing the Bible means understanding that it was inspired by God and has become more valuable than anything else you possess.

“… 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:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:15-17

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Published: October 10, 2008
Last Modified: May 4, 2016
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