by Michael Gilbert
March 1, 2007
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness…” (2 Tim. 3:16)
Few people actually understand what the Bible is.
It is the very words of our Creator, passed down to us from generation to generation. It is the story of our salvation. Oh that America would readily accept this truth, as she once did!
The Word ‘Inspiration’
In this text, the word ‘inspiration’ needs some explanation. It does not mean “to be uplifted or encouraged”. Also, the Bible is not ‘inspired’ as Shakespeare was ‘inspired’.
To help us understand the meaning of ‘inspiration’ in our text, let us note how the ESV translates the verse, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable…”. The Scriptures were literally ‘breathed out’ or ‘spoken’ by God.
Both Covenants Are Inspired
Paul defines the term ‘scriptures’ for us in 1 Timothy 5:18. He refers to Deuteronomy 25:4 and Luke 10:17 and calls them ‘Scripture’. Therefore, both the Old and New Covenants are ‘Scripture’ and “breathed out by God”.
If the Bible is actually from God (and it is), then it is your duty to study His word (Acts 17:11) and rightly divide it (1 Tim. 2:15). Then, “the truth will set you free” (Jn. 8:32, ESV).