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The Inspiration of the Bible

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The Inspiration of the Bible

by George Hogland, Sr.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works" (2 Tim. 3:16-17).

 

We realize the Bible can only be explained on the grounds of inspiration. However, to begin with, we would remind you that the items mentioned in scripture are not contrary to reason. They may be contrary to experiences, but God gave man in the beginning a mind and then gave him a law that was compatible to the reasoning power of the mind.

Paul wrote to the congregation at Corinth which was composed of a number of Jewish converts, converted to the first principles of the gospel. It is easy to imagine that perhaps a majority of them were such–they were determined to hold on to some of their traditions as well as some of the commandments of the Old Law, namely, circumcision, and it seems a portion of the animal sacrifices.

"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service" (Rom. 12:1). The consecration of the body to God is not an outward act such as the animal sacrifice on the altar, but of the mind or reason; hence a reasonable service. However we would hasten to point out that the allegory suggests that as the animal that was offered on the altar was offered (every member as a commitment to sacrifice) every member of our living body is to be offered in submission to Him.

Internal Evidences

First, let us notice at least some of the internal evidences of this inspiration. It is a doctrine of God unfolded to man, namely, it is a doctrine or belief in the existence of one God (Eph. 4:6) and is not humanly developed. Sometimes some ideas of men seem to approach somewhat above their counterpart. We are thinking expressly of the Greeks in olden times with all their philosophy, mythology and legends. But even they didn’t find the true God through their reasoning.

Secondly, the prophetic scripture which this book contains proves beyond question that it is inspired. Fulfillment of Biblical prophecy is without parallel in human history. No man has or will ever be able to make prophecies (as recorded in the Bible) and later find them fulfilled in such detail.

Third, proof of internal evidence of its inspiration is the Messianic idea it propels from Genesis to Revelation. That is the unfolding of the central theme. The first mention we find in Genesis 3:15 and continuity of this theme is carried through to Revelation.

What would you have if you took Jesus of Nazareth out of this book? You would have a book without a theme, one without a plot and a book without a climax, so pray tell me, what would you have in a book without these? To take him out of the Bible would be like taking calcium out of lime residue. It would be like taking carbon out of the diamond, truth out of history, matter out of physics, mind out of metaphysics or numbers out of mathematics.

Through the messianic prophecies of this Book God has made Himself known to man. "God, who at sundry (many) times and in divers (different) manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son..." (Heb. 1-2). "Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him" (Heb. 2:1-3).

External Evidences

Now, let us notice briefly some of the external evidences of the inspiration of this Book. First we would offer proof positive that these words are eternal. They have been preserved across the centuries of time. They cannot die. "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away" (Matt. 24:35).

They have withstood the assaults of men and devils alike. They have teamed up in this effort to burn and destroy in every way possible and to discredit it, but it lives on and so it will. The records of the rock, profane writings and even the sands of time continue to yield evidence from time to time. The spade of the archeologist has silenced the critic over and over again.

We would offer this observation and we think it not be imagination, that in our life span the past two decades, it seems they have confirmed the Word more than all the other portion of our life.

Historical records confirm the statements of the Bible. In fact, you cannot date an instrument of any kind without an acknowledgment of the birth of the one who holds the central theme.

The Inspirational Aspect

Let us look briefly at the inspirational aspect of this book. If you question or deny the divinity then how would you account for the Biblical system which it portrays? Was it humanly conceived? If so, then why can’t it be surpassed by other works?

We are living in a time of technological explosion and scientific attainments that no specifications for the production of new goods can come off the drawing board without the need of updating them. This Biblical system did not originate in human consciousness, for man is incapable of creating such a system or of enunciating its teaching or doctrine.

Human instrumentality was used, for we hear Paul in writing to Corinth: "...we have this treasure (gospel) in earthen vessels: "Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy we faint not." The whole of this word constitutes a unity in design and purpose not possible by the minds of men.

Men wrote as inspired, says Peter in his second letter. The Bible claims for itself inspiration (2 Tim. 3:16). Men wrote as inspired, says Peter in his second letter: "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation, 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" (2 Pet. 1:20-21). The Lord spoke through angels, through men, and once we recall he spoke through the mouth of a donkey (that is, he spoke to the rider, not the donkey) and he told men what to do.

Let us notice Jeremiah. God told him to get a linen cloth and wrap his loins, then he told him to take it off and go up to the Euphrates and hide it in the hole in the rock. After many days God spoke to him again saying, "Arise, go to Euphrates and take the girdle from thence." And Jeremiah was obedient to that instruction and he dug the girdle up and, holding it up he said, "Behold it is marred and is profitable for nothing," and the Lord said, "After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah, and the great pride of Jerusalem."

Again in Jeremiah 18 God speaks to him: "Arise and go down to the potter’s house and I will cause thee to hear my words." And he goes down to the potter’s house and, standing there watching the potter, behold the vessel he was molding was marred in his hand so the potter immediately returns the clay to the kneading board and worked it again, then formed it into a perfect vessel. God spoke to him again saying, "O house of Israel cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord; behold as the clay is in the potter’s hand, so are ye in my hand, O house of Israel."

Christ quoted many times from the Old Testament, Paul and other apostles quoted from the Old Testament. Peter refers to Paul’s writing as scripture (2 Pet. 3:16). The Bible dear friend, is the Word of God and the testimony of our Redeemer.

 

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