Temple Baptist Church - 1-23-2022
2 Timothy 3:10-17; Job 32:8
A. Every few years, I preach a series on the Bible.
1. I know that our people are well versed in the Scriptures, but we have young people growing up that need to know what we know.
2. Also, because of the constant "chipping away" of doctrinal truth through false teaching and peer pressure. We adults need re-enforcement.
3. What I will preach over these weeks will be what the Bible says and teaches about the Bible. This series will not be about opinion; it will be about God's truth.
B. In 2 Timothy, the key verse is chapter 2, verse 15:
1. "Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth." Here, Paul is admonishing young Timothy to study the Word of God! IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT THE BIBLE SAY, STUDY THE BIBLE.
2. Thank God Timothy did not go join a liberal church nor did he go off to some liberal Bible College. He sat under God's man who both told him to study the Word of God for himself and also mentored him in the faith.
3. As your pastor, I tell you to study the Word of God! As I begin this message on Biblical Inspiration, I want you to know that I have not consulted one commentary or anyone else's sermon on the subject. What I am doing today is strictly Bible based.
4. Most people never study a biblical subject for themselves because it is much easier to just look at what someone else has said on the subject.
C. I do not know how far that I will get this morning, but I want to look at the word "inspiration" for a few minutes. I want you to know what the Bible says concerning Biblical Inspiration.
D. The word "inspiration" is used only twice in your King James Bible. Thus, we have a First Mention Principle found in the Old Testament and a Last Mention Principle found in the New Testament. The First Mention and the Last Mention ALWAYS confirm God's teaching on the subject. These two mentions are all that you need to understand inspiration.
First Mention - Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
Last Mention – 2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
a. The First Mention of Inspiration is found in the Old Testament -
The First Mention Principle: "God indicates in the first mention of a subject the truth with which that subject stands connected in the mind of God."
1) The Old Testament word "inspiration" speaks about what God did in man. He inspired wisdom in the spirit of man. The spirit of man is that part that is God-concious.
2) When God created Adam, He created him both male and female. This speaks of both creation and procreation or reproduction. In the day that God made Adam, Eve was already in him because God would never create another man. In the future, Adam and Eve would procreate through the birth of children.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 5:1-2 This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day that God created man, in the likeness of God made he him; (2) Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.
3) How did God inspire Adam?
Genesis 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
John 1:9 That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
4) God breathed both out (expiration) and into Adam (inspiration). God breathing out is called expiration, but inspiration is to infuse or to force breath into someone. Physically, we breath in (inspiration) and we breathe out (expiration).
5) God infused, through inspiration, the very life of God into Adam's nostrils and Adam became a "living soul." God has never again done such because it is no longer required. Life is now procreated and, therefore, preserved in our children through Adam.
6) God breathed life into a dead body and the result was eternal life in Adam. Now, with the First Mention of inspiration in mind, let us go to the New Testament
2. New Testament: We find Biblical Inspiration in gives us the Word of God.
2 Peter 1:21 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 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
3. The Inspired Word of God gives to us eternal Spiritual Life. that gives Spiritual Life.
a. Paul, writing to Timothy: 2 Timothy 3:15 And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.
b. Jesus speaking to Nicodemus: John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
c. Paul speaking to the Roman Church: Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
d. Peter speaking to the dispersed Jews: 1 Peter 1:23-25 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. (24) For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: (25) But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.
Conclusion: The inspiration of God is a one-time act in both usages.
1. In creation, God breathed into Adam the "breath of life." God has never "inspired" any other human being.
2. In giving us the Word of God, God "inspired" the human authors of the Word of God to write as thy were moved by the Holy Ghost. God has never inspired man to do so again.
3. Inspiration is an act of God in giving us the complete canon of Scriptures, both verbally and plenarily in the completed canon of Scriptures.