THE BIBLE IS GOD'S WORD
PRINCIPLES OF DIVINE INSPIRATION
1. DEFINITION: Divine inspiration is the act
of the Godhead by which He communicates specific words either mentally
or verbally directly to men through the Holy Spirit and guides those men
as they write it or speak it, while employing their individual personalities,
vocabularies and writing styles to produce in the original languages, an
errorless revelation of God's viewpoint.
2. PERSONAL CLAIMS of inspiration made in the
A. The prophet's proclaim, "thus says the
B. The New Testament makes claims concerning
the Old Testament. Hebrews 1:1a
1. Paul: 2 Timothy 3:16;
2. Peter: 1 Pet. 1:10-11; 2 Pet. 3:15-16
C. 2 Peter 1:20-21, "Knowing this first
of all, that all prophecy of scripture did not originate from
one's own viewpoint (or disclosure), for prophecy was formerly brought
not by an act of human will, but men carried along by the Holy
Spirit, spoke from God."
3. SCIENTIFIC ACCURACY that predates human discovery.
Example: The earth is round -
Prov. 8:27; Job
4. PROPHETIC ACCURACY:
A. Historical prophecy: Pin point accuracy in
specifics concerning the kingdoms and nations of ancient history.
B. Messianic prophecy: Over 300 specific Old
Testament prophecies concerning the coming savior which were all literally
fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
C. The odds for these for these being fulfilled
in one man are astronomical.
5. CONTINUITY: The Bible was written over a period
of 1500 years, by over 40 authors from many different walks of life, in
three continents and in three languages. It deals with a multitude of subject
matter, including many controversial issues. Yet, from beginning to end,
there is one theme and purpose proclaimed with total agreement and consistency
and absolutely no contradictions in the original languages.
6. ENDURANCE: Matthew 5:18
A. Survival through time
B. Survival through persecution
C. Survival through criticism
D. Survival through historical impact.
7. LIFE CHANGING POWER: Hebrews 4:12; Gal.5:22-23.
The principles of Bible truth when learned and applied to one's life, will
produce changes in character and fantastic peace and joy which cannot be
experienced from any other source.
8. ONLY the original manuscripts are inspired of God. No man made
translation is inspired, and that includes the KING JAMES VERSION of 1611.
See: KJV and William Shakespear