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The Bible: Is It the Inspired Word of God?

“We are of God; he that knoweth God heareth us. He that is not of God heareth us not. Hereby we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” I John 4:6

Did you know, young people, that for some people the Bible is a closed book? These people are not believers in God. They are the unbelievers who are blind; deaf like an adder that stoppeth her ear, they are. They are not elected unto life to believe in sovereign grace, or they may be those who are not yet regenerated to see the kingdom of God. At any rate, the Bible is for them a closed book!

The Bible teaches that there are some who have blessed eyes which see, and blessed ears which hear. These men to whom Jesus spoke these words were not wise and learned scholars of the world, learned Greeks and informed Scribes, who stood head and shoulders above the people in learning, they were rude and simple fishermen from Galilee, with a Galilean accent in their speech. These have blessed ears which the Lord had opened to hear the Word of God, and they have blessed minds to understand.

Understanding the Bible is a matter rooted in sovereign election of grace whereby men and women are born out of God! By this grace of election we receive a living, saving faith which hungers for the Word of God. For the Word of God has become very powerful in such. (I Thes. 2:13) Writes Paul, “…when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth the Word of God, which effectually works [energizes] also in you that believe” Ponder this just a bit, young people. Let this sink deep into your hearts. Also the understanding of the Bible is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God who shows mercy. Yes, the Bible speaks clear language, so that all who hear it can understand it in their intellect; but they do not like what they hear so they “stop their ears” like the adder. Satan takes it from them. They, therefore, deny that the one speaking to them in that Bible is God Himself. They are such whom the god of this world hath blinded their minds; the minds of such as believe not are blinded, lest the light of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. The light shines, but these unbelievers cannot see this gospel-light with a believing eye.

Do not be fooled and hoodwinked, young Christian friend. You, who like Timothy, have known the Scriptures since you were a small child. (II Tim. 3:15) Yes, these Scriptures are inspired of God. They are able to make you wise unto salvation which is through faith in Christ Jesus! This is true of all the Scriptures, both the Old Testament Scriptures, and the New Testament Scriptures. They are power and breath of God. They are full of the spirit, the breath of God. Thus you experience them when you read them, study them, or hear them preached. Soon you will be having your Society meetings again. Remember that you understand that Bible and hear and heed its warning, teaching, correction, instruction in righteousness because you are “man of God”! John says, “he that knoweth God hears us”. You are in that class of “hearers”! You are not like the unbelieving deniers of the Word, who have difficulty with the truth that the Bible is inspired of God. You have no trouble with the bread of heaven, because you eat it. You have no trouble with believing in God because you know God, experience His sovereign love of election, according to which you are blessed with all the spiritual blessings in heavenly places, making you to be such that are holy and blameless before Him in love. Then you are not going to be deceived by unbelieving deniers of the Bible, and its trustworthiness as to being really the Word of God!

I deeply appreciate the observations of the learned Dr. B. Warfield in his contribution appearing in the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Vol. III, pages 1473-1483. It is a very good presentation of the mystery of the Word of God. Speaking of the term “inspired by God” as translated in the KJV of II Tim. 3:16, he avers that the Greek term has nothing to say about inspiring or of Inspiration: it speaks only of a “spiring” or “spiration”. What it says of Scripture is, not that it is breathed into by God, “or is the product of the Divine “inbreathing” into its human authors, but that it is breathed out by God, “God-breathed”, the product of the creative breath of God. In a word, what is declared by this fundamental passage is simply that they are a Divine product, without any indication how God has operated in producing them. No term could have been chosen, however, which would more emphatically have asserted the Divine production of Scriptures than which is here employed. The “breath of God” is in Scripture just the symbol of His almighty power, the bearer of His creative word! (Ps. 33:6)… God’s breath is the irresisti­ble outflow of His power. When Paul declares then that “every Scripture” or “all Scripture” is the product of the Divine breath “is God-breathed” he asserts with as much energy as he could employ that Scripture is the product of a specifically Divine operation.”

We do well to read and reread this quotation from the pen of the late Dr. Warfield!

It should not escape without notice that Paul is writing this to Timothy and to the church of God in the New Testament with a very practical purpose. Timothy must learn to have a very high and holy regard for these Scriptures in which he was instructed as a child. (II Tim. 3:14, 15) He knew these Scriptures, having learned them at the knees of his mother and grandmother. They had with these Scrip­tures, under the gracious life-giving Spirit of God, instilled their faith into his little heart. He knew the Scriptures. The same is true of you, dear grandson and granddaughter in the Lord. You have learned these Scriptures. Now, do not let some spiritual ignoramus dissuade you from believing these Scriptures, which are such a great creation of the very breath and Spirit of God. Continue in the things which you have learned. Know that you learned them from your parents, your minister, your Christian school teacher. You did not learn them from untrust­worthy people. You learned them from those, who, in sovereign election, received the gift of faith. They are those who know God and, therefore, hear the Bible. Then listen to this God-breathed Bible, which is very much real, up-to-date for every age and for every circumstance of life. It is profitable for instruction, for solid teach­ing. From the pages of this Bible we learn from God. He speaks. He instructs us by His Word and Spirit, making us wise through faith unto salvation.

Give me your listening ear for just a few more minutes!

Is the Bible God-breathed? What does this Bible mean to you when it reproves you, tells you that you are wrong when you sin? Do you listen with a trembling soul? Are you convicted in your conscience by God Himself? You are!

Is the Bible God-breathed when you are corrected, and shown the way of wisdom and of life? Is this just like some worldly advise to you from some unbeliev­ing moralist? Or does this furnish you thoroughly unto every good work. It does!

Is this Bible “instruction in righteous­ness” for you? Yes, the righteousness of the kingdom of heaven, the righteousness which you do in the keeping of God’s commandments, which are sweeter than honey and the honeycomb? It is!

It was no old foggy who wrote the Belgic Confession, but a man who died for the faith on the gallows in the townsquare for the faith in the Bible, he writes, and the church has ever confessed with him, “We receive all these books, and these only, as holy and canonical, for the regulation, foundation and confirmation of our faith, believing without any doubt, all things contained in them, not so much because the Church receives and approves them as such, but more especially because the Holy Ghost witnesseth in our hearts, that they are from God, whereof they carry the evidence in themselves. For the very blind are able to perceive that the things foretold in them are fulfilled.” Belgic Confession, Art. V. Page 26, Psalter.

The spirit of truth and the spirit of error is known in this from those who believe God in the Bible and those who disobey Him!