BIBLE-1 - Inspiration of Scripture (Part 1)
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INSPIRATION & USE OF THE BIBLE
The apostle Paul said, "If any man thinks himself to be a prophet or
spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you, these are
the commandments of God." 1 Corinthians 14:37.
Welcome to our study of the inspiration of God's word.
When we talk about the Bible, are we talking about a book from men
that was just passed down by oral history? Are we talking about a Bible, a
book, from God inspired by Him and written to help man get to heaven?
These are indeed very important questions that each of us must look
to the Scripture to determine.
Today, we think about the inspiration of the Bible.
Is the Bible really from God? Is it of divine origin? Can we know for a
fact that this book is God's message to mankind today?
The Psalmist said in the long-ago, in Psalm 119:160, "The entirety of
your word is truth, and every one of your righteous judgments endures
The Bible does make the claim that it is, every word of it, is from God
and of divine origin.
As we think about this subject, we begin by asking, "Why is
inspiration so important? Why is this a subject that we need to discuss?"
Well, a lot of times, people will think about the Bible as a good book,
a book full of good moral or religious stories or suggestions- but not
necessarily a book of which we must give utmost importance to our soul.
Think of the words of Jesus, in John 6:68, as he spoke with his
disciples and as he taught them about God's truth. Jesus there taught John
6:68, "To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life."
Jesus has those words of eternal life. The Bible tells us in John 12:48
Jesus said, "If you don't receive my words, if you reject me, and don't
receive my word, you'll have that which judges you - the word that I've
spoken will judge you in the last day."
And so, this is the words of eternal life. The Bible is the message I'm
going to be judged by. It is not just a book of good moral suggestions. It's
God's final message of salvation to mankind.
Why else do we need to study the Bible?
We need to look at Bible inspiration and study the Bible because
there's so much evolution and humanism that's being taught in our schools
and throughout our media worldwide. The Bible says that God created man
Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
The psalmist said, in Psalm 19:1, that that the heavens declare the
glory of God, the firmament shows His handiwork. We need to realize that
we must honor our creator in the days of our youth, Ecclesiastes 12:1.
Are humanism and evolution the path we need to go down? Is the
Bible and its message of how we came to being and what our purpose is
the path we need to follow? Those are questions, that if we can understand
inspiration, we'll have the answers to.
Also, we need to study Bible inspiration because there's so much
religious skepticism and confusion about the Bible.
I hear religious people talk and sometimes their message is rather
confusing on the Bible. They'll say the Bible says this and history says this,
and we combine the two and we get a real message. Wait a minute now, is
the Bible alone God's inspired word? Are we to pick and choose what we
like and what we don't like and take certain passages out and use certain
passages? Or is all of it inspired by God?
The apostle Paul said to Timothy, in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is
given by inspiration of God." When we think about religious matters, we
need to look to the Bible and ask, "Is there any word from the Lord?"
Jeremiah 37 verse 17. "What does the Scripture say?" Romans 4:3.
Then of course, we want to look to Bible inspiration because there is
so much sin, ungodliness, and immorality in our world and the Bible has the
answer to that.
John 17:17 Jesus said, "Sanctify them by your truth, your word is
What about subjects that are so confusing or subjects that are hot
morality topic topics today? Who has the answer on both?
When it comes to marriage and divorce, God's word has the answer
on that. When it comes to subjects like homosexuality or subjects like
abortion, God's word has the answer on those moral subjects. If I can be
convinced, if I can understand this book really is from God, it's 100%
inspired by God, I want to give my heart to thinking about what God says
on these very important moral subjects.
For a few moments let's turn our attention to what the Lord, Jesus
Christ, taught on the subject of inspiration.
What did Jesus teach and believe about inspiration himself? Did he
view it as the word of God? Did He view it just as moral suggestions? Or is
it the final binding truth from the Almighty?
Here's what Jesus taught: Jesus, first of all, believed the Scriptures
were absolutely of divine origin. Notice Matthew 22:43, He said to them,
"How then does David in the spirit call him Lord?" Notice those words
"David in the spirit called Jesus, the Messiah, Lord" quoting from the
Psalms. He emphasizes the fact that David was being inspired by God and
that what the psalmist said was of divine origin by the Holy Spirit.
Friend, when we look at Jesus' view of Scripture, he viewed it as from
God, as absolute truth, and as binding on men and women today.
You know when we think about Jesus' view of the Scriptures and
inspiration, Jesus believed that they were full and complete. They were
indestructible as God's message to mankind.
Let me give you another illustration, look in Matthew 5:17-18, Jesus
said, "Do not think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets. I did not
come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and
earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass away from the
law all to all is fulfilled." Jesus said I didn't come to the Jews. He says I
didn't come to destroy your law. I am the fulfillment; I'm the climax of, that
law. I am the Messiah. Then He said not one jot or one taught tittle will be
destroyed, will be broken, until all is fulfilled.
Jesus believed that the Scriptures were full and complete. He was the
fulfillment of everything God had planned throughout time and history.
You know, as we think about Jesus and His view of Scripture, there's
a beautiful passage which illustrates the belief Jesus had in the fullness
and in the truth of Scripture. John 10:35, Jesus clearly taught the Scriptures
were infallible. They were without error.
Notice the words of Jesus. Jesus said if He called them gods, to
whom the word of God came, and notice this parenthetical statement, (and
the Scripture cannot be broken). Jesus is just quoting an Old Testament
passage used ad hominem to show that the Scriptures even they were
using them at to show certain things in that the Scriptures were from God.
Notice that little statement "and the Scriptures cannot be broken".
What's Jesus saying? They're infallible. They're perfect. They're from
God. They're absolute truth. John 17:17, Jesus said, "Sanctify them by your
truth, your word is truth."
You know when we think about Jesus and His view of Scripture,
Jesus believed it was the final authority from God.
Let me give you an illustration. In Matthew 4, Jesus is there being
tempted by the devil and the devil uses or tries to use Scripture against
Him. Three times Jesus counters the devil's temptation by saying, "It is
written, it is written, and it is written.”
What did Jesus do? Jesus went to the word of God as the final
answer, the final authority, and as the sum of God's truth on those subjects.
Friend, that's our view, that's the way we want to view Scripture
today. It is God's final message, as absolute authority.
Do you remember what Jesus said? Matthew 28:18, "All authority has
been given to me in heaven and on earth."
Now friend, as we think about Jesus' view of Scripture, not only did
he believe it was from God, that it could not be broken, that it was the final
authority, Jesus also put His stamp of approval on the fact that it was
You know sometimes people question some of the stories, some of
the historical stories of the Bible. For example: Jonah. They might say, well
Jonah, now that's a great story, great message, good. They might view it is
a fable, but not really swallowed by a big fish and those things never
happened. Maybe they question things like Noah. A great our global flood,
a man building a boat, his family staying on that for a prolonged period of
time, and they replenishing the earth. Good idea, good message, not really
How did Jesus feel about those two incidents? Well notice what
Jesus did say about each of those. For example, in Matthew 12:42 Jesus
said this, "The Queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with this
generation and condemn it, first she came to from the ends of the earth to
hear the wisdom of Solomon and indeed a greater than Solomon is here."
Jesus goes on that context not only to mention Solomon, but to mention
Jonah as well. Just as the Son of Man is going to be in the earth, just as
Jonah was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, so the
Son of Man will be in the earth. Solomon and Jonah, both, are confirmed as
true stories, true messages from God, as historically accurate. Well, what
about Noah? Notice another usage of Jesus when He mentions Noah. For
example, in Matthew 24:37 Jesus said this, "But as the days of Noah were,
so also will the son of the coming of the Son of Man be." What do we know
about Noah? Jesus likened His coming to the days of Noah. Did Jesus
believe Noah and Jonah and Solomon were all true events? He absolutely
did! He put His stamp of approval, verification, on the fact that the Bible
was historically accurate and from God.
When we think about things, like even things like creation, some
things that go back to our origin, that deal with the science and the truth of
creation, there's a lot of people who question whether or not God created
the world and the way He did. Was man created in the beginning, or did
man evolve over a long process?
Friend, Jesus, also by implication, taught that the Scriptures
concerning their origin and their scientific truth were from God.
Notice these words that Jesus uses. Matthew 19:2 Jesus says this,
"And great multitudes followed him, and he healed them there. The
Pharisees also came to him, testing him, and saying to him, 'Is it lawful for
a man to divorce his wife for just any reason?' And Jesus answered and
said to them, 'Have you not read, notice this, have you not read he who
made them at the beginning made them male and female and said for this
reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife
and the two shall become one flesh'."
What was Jesus’ view of Genesis 1 and Genesis2, the origin of man
and the foundation of the home? Jesus believed that it happened at the
beginning - "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."
Jesus recognized the truthfulness of the fact that Genesis 2:7 says, "And
the Lord God breathed into man the breath of life and man became a living
being and that from the rib of Adam, God made Eve and the two were to
become one flesh."
At the beginning, Jesus said, God made them male and female;
showing He taught and He believed that the Scriptures all the way back to
the beginning were inspired of God and accurate. Not only did Jesus teach
that, Jesus taught that the Scriptures were indeed factually inerrant, that is
they do not contain the errors that so many claim they contain today.
For example, when Jesus prayed to the father, in John 17:17, Jesus
said, "Sanctify them by your truth,” now notice this, “your word is truth." You
know there's a question asked by Pilate in John 18:36-38, "What is truth?"
Jesus had already answered that. Jesus clearly believed and taught God's
word was truth.
Now I want to give you another example, another illustration, from
Jesus’ life. Matthew 22:29 Jesus said basically the same thing as He said
in His prayer to the father. Notice these words, Jesus answered and said to
them, "You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of
God." Now, the context is, the Sadducees who didn't believe in the
resurrection tried to put Jesus in a quandary, trying to put Him between a
rock and a hard place. They've got this man who had a wife or this woman
had seven husbands and, in the resurrection, they want to know of Jesus
whose wife will she be? Jesus, of course, says in heaven there's neither
marrying nor giving in marriage- but then He points this out to them and
says, ‘you're wrong.’ You're greatly mistaken. Here's why: you don't know
the Scriptures nor the power of God.
What was Jesus teaching? The Scriptures aren't full of errors; they
contain the truth-and you miss this truth and that's what makes your
doctrine not in accord with the teaching of Almighty God.
But you know, as we think about more of Jesus' teaching on
inspiration, we also realize that Jesus believed the Scriptures would
provide absolute spiritual clarity or insight - that is that they contain
everything to help man know what he needs to know to please God, get to
heaven, and know truth.
Do you remember Luke 24:45? Two men are walking down the road
to Emmaus; Jesus begins to discuss Scripture what them, and the Bible
tells us that as He opened the Scriptures to them. They realized their truth
and their hearts burned within them knowing and recognizing that truth.
Jesus simply taught the Scripture to those two men and that Scripture
caused them to have a burning within their heart; realizing what truth was
and the importance of it in their life.
He taught it provided spiritual clarity and then it was everything men
and women need to get to heaven.
I want you to think about an example from the story of the rich man
and Lazarus, Luke 16:31. Notice these words: Jesus said, "But he said to
him, to the rich man, if they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither
will they be persuaded though one were to rise from the dead." The
question the rich man asked is, "I've got five brothers, this is a place of
torment, I don't want them to come to this place, please send somebody
back from the dead and warn them about this; and Jesus said, "No, if they
won't hear Moses and the prophets, they won't hear one though he were to
rise from the dead."
What was Jesus teaching? Moses and the prophets, they were all
sufficient to warn people about the impending destruction and doom of
those who don't obey God. And so, Jesus not only believed they were truth;
He believed it was everything man needed to know about heaven and hell,
salvation, life, how to please God, and how to get the most out of a
relationship with the Almighty.
As we think about Bible inspiration, not only do we understand Jesus'
view of inspiration, that He recognized that was from God and everything
man needed, but we also realize that the very nature of who God is will
confirm Bible inspiration.
Let me illustrate it this way: is it the case that our God, the God of the
Bible, is a God of truth and that what He says is true? Well, indeed so and
the Scripture confirms this. Notice Romans 3:4 the Bible says these words,
"Certainly not! Indeed, let God be true but every man a liar. As it is written:
'that you may be justified in your words, and may overcome we you are
judged.'" Paul affirmed, God is true, whether men like it or not. God's true
that every man who opposes that be the one who is a liar.
I want to know about God. He's truth. Now think about this: if God is
true and if the Scriptures are breathed out by God, remember 2 Timothy
3:16 and 17, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God." That word
'inspiration' is a compound word in the Greek language. It's the word
"theopneustos" and that is the word "pneustos" literally means to exhale or
to breathe out and the word "theos" means God. And so, that compound
word literally means God exhaled, He breathed out, and on His breath were
the words of Scripture.
And so, think about this with me: if God is true and if the words of the
Bible are breathed out by that God, then friend Scripture is true. It is
absolutely 100% founded on the character and nature of Almighty God.
Now let's just back up and think about each of these ideas again for
just a moment. In the Bible, we indeed are taught that God himself is a God
of truth. Let me direct your attention to Jeremiah 10:10. The Scripture says
of Almighty God in Jeremiah 10:10 these words, "But the Lord is the true
God; He is the living God and the everlasting King. At His wrath the earth
will tremble and the nations will not be able to endure His indignation."
The Lord, He is the true God of all the gods that the Gentiles may
have had. He is the one true God, the God of truth, but not only is He the
real God, the true God, the Bible also affirms, unlike men, our God does
not lie. He is incapable of that. Titus 1:2 says, We're living "in hope of
eternal life which God who cannot lie." Not only is it something He won't do,
it's impossible for God to be God and lie. So God cannot lie.
Let me give you an illustration again from the Old Testament:
Numbers 23:19 says this of God the Bible records, "God is not a man, that
He should lie, nor a Son of Man that he should repent. Has He said, and
will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?" Even the
most upright men sometimes have to deal with fallibility. All of us have to
deal with sin and fallibility, not God. God is not a man that He can lie.
That's the very nature of God. He is absolute truth.
And so the first idea that God is true founded upon Scripture, seen in
nature, everything that we look at, God's reliable and trustworthy. Well, is it
true then that the Scriptures are from God? The same God that we learn
about in the Bible indeed tells us that it is true. 2 Peter 1:19 the Bible says,
"knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private
interpretation, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy
God confirms that the men, who spoke and wrote the Bible, were
under His direction in every way. And 1 Peter 4:11 says, "If any man
speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God."
Now God is true, the Bible is breathed out by God, therefore the Bible
is absolute truth. Psalm 119:160 again says listen to this beautiful passage,
"the entirety of God's word is truth."
When we look from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21, what do we
know about the Bible? The entirety of it is absolutely true and inspired from
Friend, as we think today about some introductory matters related to
inspiration, we want to walk away knowing that both Jesus taught and the
very nature of God demands that the Bible is His word.
I don't want approach the Bible with a halfhearted, lackadaisical,
attitude of it just being another good book among other religious books.
That's not the mindset we approach the Bible with.
I want to approach the Bible with the mindset of Saul of Tarsus, "Lord
what would you have me to do?" Acts 9:4-6.
I want to approach the Bible with the mindset of the words Jesus
mother used when she spoke to the servants in John 2:5, "Whatever he
says to you, do it." That's our attitude, that's our heart.
This book is from God. I want to study it. I want to know it. I want to
live my life by it. I want to let it be the guide and the direction in every area
Now friend, we also want to consider and want you to consider that
this book is the only book that can tell you how to get to heaven. Jesus said
in John 14:6, "I'm the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the
Father except by me."
Do you know for sure today that you're going to heaven? If not, here's
what the Bible teaches: you can believe Jesus is God's son, John 8:24,
having believed that, you can turn from sin and repent, Luke 13:3,
confessing Jesus as God's son, Romans 10:10, and being immersed in
water for the forgiveness of sins, you can become a Christian, Mark 16:16.
May God help each of us to study his word and truly believe it is
inspired of God.
Study Questions for:
“Inspiration & Uses of the Bible Lesson 1: Introduction”
1. According to 1 Corinthians 14:37, what are the commandments of God?
2. According to Psalms 119:160, what is truth?
3. What will judge you according to John 12:48?
4. According to Ecclesiastes 12:1, when must we remember to honor our
5. Where does scripture come from according to 2 Timothy 3:16?
6. According to John 17:17, what is truth?
7. In Matthew 4 what does Jesus use to counter the devil’s temptation?
8. According to Romans 3:4 is God a God of truth?
9. According to Jeremiah 10:10, who is true, living, and everlasting?
10. What did Jesus’ mother tell the servants in John 2:5?