Divine Inspiration

Christianity is a religion of a Book, the Holy Word of God. The starting point of any discussion about God, about Christ Himself, should begin with this Divine Revelation. Deny that the Bible is what it says it is, inerrant and infallible, and you’ve given away your foundation for Truth. Deny that the Bible is the divinely inspired Word of God and you are left without any ultimate standard or authority to rest upon.

The modern tendency is to doubt the inspiration of the Bible, and declare that it is no more inspired than any other outstanding works of literature. For Christians and Bible scholars to believe such a claim is a grave mistake. The divine testimony of the Bible itself states that every part of it is inspired by God. “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17) Any book may claim to be inspired, but the Bible has form of language which has “the breath of inspiration” giving it the element of infallibility, and distinguishing the Scriptures from all other human writings. Without the procession of the Holy Ghost, it is just another work of literature.

The Bible from Genesis to Revelation is in it’s entirety the Word of God. A broken sword is of no use to a warrior, and a mutilated Bible would likewise be utterly worthless. Of course, it must be understood that Christians regard the original documents as being divinely inspired as they came from the hands of the various authors throughout several generations. Some minor mistakes have been made in copies, transcriptions, and translations over the centuries. However it is the work of much reverent criticism to seek, by careful examination and comparison of all existing documents, any errors found and to attempt to restore them to their original purity. This subject is far too great (and tedious) to address here in great detail, but suffice it to say that we may be confident in our English translations (ESV, NASB, KJV to be precise).

As Christian’s, we believe that the Bible is God’s final revelation to man. God has given no new or further revelation since John penned the book of Revelation. God’s complete will for man and for the ages to come are unfolded within the text. If any should appear, as some have, with a claim that they have received a new revelation or contra-Biblical teachings, they should be cast out as an imposter. All that the sinner shall ever need and anticipate can be found in the Bible. Though not all things are plain, we must follow the text to know the Lord and learn how we should live. God is always causing fresh truths to break forth from His Word by the Spirit, but nothing is to be added or taken away. See Revelation 22:18.

We can fully understand why the ungodly find nothing to instruct them in the Scriptures, and discard them as “a strange thing.” (Hosea 8:12) They are spiritually blind, and therefore cannot behold the beauty of even the most readily understandable verses of the Bible. How appalling is it to realize that a great magnitude of professing Christians treat the difficult verses, the ones that strike our sinful hearts, with the same contempt!? Rather than accepting the difficult truth, or returning to it for careful examination, they cast it out of their Bible completely. I believe this can be directly related to a few things: a blatant disregard for the sins admonished in Scripture, a disbelief in the supernatural elements of Scripture, and an unwillingness to recognize that in the Bible, in it’s entirety, has revealed God’s sovereign and divine plan for all of humanity.