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Basic Bible Truths Lesson Two, Part Two-ALL Scripture is Given By Inspiration of God
In Lesson Two, Part One we learned how inspiration for the Bible and the way God revealed His truths went hand in hand. We also explored how inspiration is necessary for us to know the Bible is the perfect Word of God. This lesson further explores the fact that all Scripture is Inspired by God.
No Partial Inspiration
The Bible is completely inspired by God. Nobody should assume that only some parts of the Bible are inspired; this would be falsely adding our own ideas to the Bible and its creation. We have reviewed II Timothy 3:16 in other lessons and it applies here as well; this verse reminds us that ALL Scripture is God-breathed and inspired by God.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness… II Timothy 3:16
If we have beliefs that only some parts of the Bible are inspired by God and others are statements that are historical, or have no significance spiritually than we rob ourselves of the whole picture. It also limits the Bible to a book of literature and takes away the significance of its guidance, correction, and doctrine for us. We must take the Bible as a whole so we can read all books of it with the intention to learn directly from God.
No Assumptions that We Know Better
God chose these words, these people, and these parables to teach us until the end of this time. If we don’t realize the importance of that and use this book to learn from mistakes and experiences of the people in it than we don’t take full advantage of this gift. If we cannot rely on it for eternal salvation than we are wasting our time. I hope everyone reading this is learning more about appreciating the Bible. I know that I am becoming more aware of its full significance. By no means do I claim to appreciate it fully. It is a book full of depth and life and I am just glad I get to study it and draw closer to God with it.
In the following sections three passages of Scripture, each written by a different person, will point out the trustworthiness of the Bible.
1. The Bible-More Reliable than One Risen from the Dead
“There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.
Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’
Then he said, ‘I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ 29 Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” Luke 16:19-31
Man’s Experience versus the Word of God
In this passage Christ tells of a rich man and a beggar. The rich man died and was sent to a place of punishment. He asks Abraham to send someone to warn his brothers of this fate. Abraham says to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ ‘If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’
Abraham is telling the rich man that if his brothers do not heed the teachings of the prophets and Moses which are Old Testament teachings, they will not change their minds if someone rises from the dead. Nothing said by any man, even one claiming to have risen from the dead, is of equal value to the Word of God.
For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe I Thessalonians 2:13
We should learn from our Bibles and accept them as the true word of God and praise Him for it.
2. The Bible-More to be Trusted than an Angel
The second passage is from Galatians. Paul had established the church in Galatia, and others had come in and their teachings caused a lot of confusion. They were telling the people that in addition to faith in Christ, they needed to keep certain Old Testament laws and rites to be saved.
But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed Galatians 1:8-9
Paul speaks these direct words and we can learn from them. We can learn that preaching a false gospel is a huge offense. The salvation message of the Bible should not be treated lightly or taught falsely. The other fact is that the Bible is to be believed more than a message from an angel. Should we be surprised by this? Not really. Since God is the Creator and an angel is one of His creatures, His word is still more trustworthy.
3. The Bible-More to be Trusted than a Voice from Heaven
For He received from God the Father honor and glory when such a voice came to Him from the Excellent Glory: “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And we heard this voice which came from heaven when we were with Him on the holy mountain. And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts II Peter 1:17-19
In this passage Peter is writing about a change that took place in the appearance of Christ when he, James and John were present. They heard a voice from heaven. When referencing the Bible it is referred to (in annotations) as the more sure Word of prophecy. This means that even the Word of God that is silent and written, speaks louder than a voice from Heaven.
We have discussed three instances where the Word of God was cited as trustworthy even in comparison to some other major voices. The inspiration of God is the foundation upon which the Christian’s faith can and must rest. The Bible communicates and reveals the will of God to man in a way in which none can compare. This is the most necessary thing in our lives.
Lord, thank you for your Word. We can only start to appreciate its meaning. Your Word is so powerful, and is to be trusted. We need to use it wisely and truthfully. I pray that anyone that goes through this lesson just feels your embrace on them and that they learned more about You today. Let us read and study your book with an open heart and a mind willing to follow Your will. Lord, I praise you for your presence in my life. I praise you for your faithfulness even when we don’t see it as that. Thank you Lord for who you are.
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