Inerrant Word of God

  • 2 Tim. 3 v.16: All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

Inspiration: This refers to the supernatural guidance of the writers of Scripture by the Spirit of God, so that what they wrote was the divine Word of God, transcribed accurately. Reliably, and without error in the original manuscripts (“autographs”). The word inspiration itself pictures God breathing out His Word to me. Not everything written by an apostle or a prophet was necessarily inspired. Paul wrote at least three epistles to the Corinthians, but apparently only two were an inspired record (1 Cor 5 v.9). Samuel, Nathan and Gad each wrote accounts of David’s life; only one of these prophets produced an inspired record (1 Chr 29 v.29). Since the Scriptures are given to help Christians grow in maturity, they should rely upon them for doctrine, reproof, correction, and instruction in righteousness (right living).

  • 2 Peter 1 v.21: 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.

Holy Spirit in Inspiration: The Scriptures were written by holy men of God (about 40 in all) “as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” While in no way denying the personalities of the human writers or rejecting the distinctiveness of their particular styles, the Holy Spirit controlled the process of bringing things to the writers’ memories (John 16 v.13) and ensuring what they recorded was the very Word of God. Jeremiah once became so frustrated that he wanted to quit, but God’s Spirit compelled him to go on (Jer. 20 v.9). Likewise, Jonah at first refused to take God’s message to Nineveh, but later obeyed God’s second call (Jonah 3 v.1) As Christians read the Bible, they can be confident that it is the very Word of God.

  • John 17 v.17: Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

Inerrancy: When applied to Scripture, the term inerrancy means that what God revealed and inspired is accurate, reliable, authoritative, and without error. Since all scripture is inspired, every Word of God is true. Just as a book often reflects the character of its writer, so the scripture is without error because God is without fault. Jesus upheld the principle of inerrancy when He preached in Nazareth. He carefully stopped reading in the middle of a verse before announcing the fulfillment of Scripture that day. (Isaiah 61 v.1-2; Luke 4 v.18). The rest of the Isaiah passage will be fulfilled at His second coming. As we read the Scriptures, we can have total confidence in their reliability and accuracy.

  • Psalm 119 v.160: Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.
  • Jer 36 v.27: Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying,

Preservation of Scripture: God, who inspired the Scripture, has throughout the years protected His Word from the attacks of evil men so as to preserve its content and existence. While the autographs (the early manuscripts) have long since disappeared, ancient copies and quotations from early Christian leaders demonstrate the preservation of Scripture. If there were no manuscripts, a complete copy of the Scriptures could be reproduced simply from the many quotations found in the writings of the church fathers. God’s preservation of Scriptures was demonstrated in the ministry of Jeremiah. (Jer. 36 v.27 above) When the king destroyed the first scroll of his prophecy, God had it reproduced to ensure its preservation. As we read the Scriptures, the fact that God has preserved them for us over the years should emphasize their importance.

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