Monday, February 11, 2013

Inspired


All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;  so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NASB) 

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 (ESV)

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Flag-made old


During the war of 1812, Frances Scott Key was held captive aboard the HMS Surprise then the HSM Mindon in the Baltimore bay.  During the rainy night, Key witnessed the bombardment.  From his view below the deck he could see the small flag over the fort,  lit by the "bombs bursting in air."  It was not until dawn that he saw the large, 15 stars and stripes, flying over the fort. It was than he knew of the victory. This inspired him to pen the words that became our National Anthem. 


Corn Harvest

Katharine Lee Bates went on a wagon trip to the 14,000-foot Pikes Peak.  Near the top she and her group had to abandon the wagon and continue the trip to the top on mules. she was very tired, but seeing the view from the top she was inspired to write a poem about the wonder of America.  The first draft of "America the Beautiful" was written by her in 1893.

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Katharine Lee Bates, Frances Scott Key and many other people have been inspired by beauty, circumstances, art and other people.  This type of inspiration is an act of emotions. It the power of a situation or occurrence to move the intellect and suggest opinions, actions or art.

The inspiration of the Bible is much different. The Greek  word used here by Paul (1 Timothy 3:16) is theopneustos.  This word means Breathed out by God. This word appears to be coined by Paul combining the words "God" and "breathed." The word does not occur in any other Greek text (biblical or otherwise) prior to this letter.  Paul was referring primarily to what we now call the Old Testament, because parts of the New Testament was still being written.  However, Paul's statement applies to all Scripture, including the New Testament (2 Pet 3:15-16). Some of the New Testament writings were being considered as scripture even at the time of writing of this letter from Paul.

The "God Breathed" Word of God is amazing, wonderful and miraculous. The "God Breathed" word enables the writer to actively participate in the writing. It was not dictated to man by God.  It is God's Breathed word written by man. It is the Word that is inspired, not the writer.  God is fully responsible for His word. Therefore Scripture is true, reliable, powerful and eternal.  It has the power to change lives.  It is profitable for teaching, training, bring salvation and elicit faith. (Heb 4:12-13; 2 Pet 1:20-21)

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Approach our Bible with the idea that it is not only a book, which was once spoken but a book that is now speaking . . . God's speaking is the continuous present . . . a word of God once spoken continues to be spoken, as a child once born continues to be alive, or a world once created continues to exist.  And those are but imperfect illustrations, for children die and worlds burn out, but the word of our God endures forever.
A.W. Tozer



The Bible is one of the greatest blessings bestowed by God on the children of men. – It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth without any mixture for its matter. – It is all pure, all sincere; nothing too much; nothing wanting.
- John Locke

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