Prays Together: God’s Inspired Word
By Christopher Scott
In the last couple hundred years I am not sure if any part of Christianity has come under more attacks from secular society than the inspiration of Scripture. Non-Christians have questioned the authenticity of God’s Word and many have been vocal and hostile about it. With that said, let’s look at what Christians mean when they say God’s Word is “inspired.”
Why Scripture Was Given: The best known and often memorized verses about the inspiration of Scripture are 2 Timothy 3:16-17: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work” (NLT). A few of key points are made in these two verses. First, “all” Scripture is inspired by God. This includes the Old Testament as well as the New Testament. Second, Scripture is “inspired” by God. Or, a better translation is the NIV which reads that all Scripture is “God-breathed.” Literally, the source is God. He is the source and delivers it through human authors. Scripture is the Word of God. Third, Scripture has a practical element. It is not given just so that we know who God is; it is supposed to change how we live. And that’s why we should read it, memorize it, study it, and apply it daily.
Where Scripture Came From: The apostle Peter tells us where Scripture comes from. “No prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophet’s own understanding, or from human initiative. No, those prophets were moved by the Holy Spirit, and they spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:20–21, NLT). The point Peter is making seems clear: no prophecy came from the prophet’s own understanding or human origin. Instead, God spoke directly to the prophets. We call the Bible “God’s Word” because it “comes from God.”
Who Brought Scripture: It is clear above that the origin of Scripture is from God. But how was it delivered to us? Paul reveals that in his letter to the Corinthian believers. “When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths” (1 Corinthians 2:13, NLT). Through the Holy Spirit the prophets spoke from God. God the Father – by the Holy Spirit – is how Scripture was delivered.
As a Christian that loves God and wants to follow him, the Bible is my guidebook and trusted resource. God’s Word is “inspired” by God. With that said, we should see the Bible as our guidebook for life as Christians. It should be what we go to when we have questions and concerns in the Christian life. And, it should be trusted, not doubted.
Christoper Scott is a small groups pastor at Rocky Hill Community Church in Exeter. He may be reached by calling 559-730-1906.
– Prays Together is a rotating column between the pastors of the First Presbyterian Church of Exeter, Church of Christ of Exeter, Nazarene Church of Exeter, Church of God Exeter, the New Life Assembly of God and Rocky Hill Community.