Inspiration of the Bible
By Rev. Billy Anderson



WE BELIEVE:
"The Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God."



There is no shadow of doubt, that the Bible claims to be the Book of God. Luke 1:70, "As he spake by the mouth of
his holy prophets which have been since the world began." The Bible is what "God spoke by the mouth of His holy
prophets." 2 Timothy 3:16, "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God..." The word "inspiration . . . spiro-inspiro .
. . It means, "to breathe into." The Bible is a "God-breathed Book." Therefore, the scriptures are the result of divine
in-breathing. 2 Peter 1:20-21, "Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
For the prophesy came not in old time by the will of man. But holy men of God spake as they were moved by the
Holy Ghost."

The Spirit of God was within the authors, and the supernatural Holy Ghost upon their minds caused them to write in
obedience to the command of God and gave them guidance that kept them from error.  Psalm 12:6  "The words of
the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth purified seven times."  2 Timothy 3:16  "ALL
SCRIPTURE" This includes Genesis, this includes Jonah, parts you understand and parts you do not understand; all
scripture.  Someone has defined inspiration as:  "Inspiration" denotes that sacred action of the Spirit on the faculties
of a living messenger by which he is enabled to receive, utter or record the divine message. Scripture is the result of
that sacred influence embodied in written form.

I. JESUS CHRIST BELIEVED IN THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES
Luke 24:27, "And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things
concerning himself."  So Jesus set His seal of approval on all the Old Testament. Matthew 5:18, "...One jot or one
tittle shall in no wise pass from the law till all be fulfilled." Jesus not only taught word for word inspiration but the
inspiration of the very letters. He said that the "jot" which is the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet, and the "tittle"
a diacritical marking of some kind was perfect. John 10:35, "...and the scripture cannot be broken."

Jesus Declared the Books of the Law Were Inspired

Jesus endorses the Genesis account of the creation. Matthew 19:4, "And he answered and said unto them. Have ye
not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female."

He endorses the account of the flood and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Luke 17:26, "As it is was in the
days of Noe, so shall it be in the days of the Son of Man." and Luke 17:29, "But the same day that Lot went out of
Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all."

Two thousand years ago when Jesus was teaching the Word of God to the people in Luke 16:31, He said, "...If they
hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead."

"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets he expounded unto them in all scriptures the things concerning
himself." (Luke 24:27)

II. WE BELIEVE IN THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE OF ITS ENDURANCE
It is a miracle when we think how the Bible has withstood the battle of the ages, yet God said it would be that way.  
The Bible is not a temporary book.

Psalm 119:89, "Forever, oh Lord, thy word is settled in heaven."

Isaiah 40:8, "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth away, but the word of God shall stand forever."

If you go back to the beginning of the Bible, you will be going back approximately six thousand years; and Psalm
119:160 says, "Thy word is true from the beginning; and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever."

Luke 1:70, "As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets which have been since the world began." It is not the
Book of the week, or of the month or of the year, but the Book of the Ages. Voltaire said: The Bible will be extinct by
the nineteenth century. Yet we sell more copies today than ever before. Someone said: "If you destroy Christianity,
you must first destroy man's belief in the Bible." The Bible meaning "The Book," is the textbook of Christianity. Men
have sunk it by shiploads into the sea, burned it by fire, cut it with a penknife of modernism and liberalism, but the
foundation of God stands sure today, and the Bible is still true.

Matthew 24:35, "Heaven and Earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away."

1 Peter 1:23, "...The Word of God which liveth and abideth forever." The endurance of the Bible assures its
inspiration.

III. WE BELIEVE IN THE INSPIRATION OF THE SCRIPTURES BECAUSE OF FULFILLED PROPHESIES OF THE
SCRIPTURES
No man can explain how the Bible can predict things hundreds, even thousands of years into the future and be
exactly right. It was not mere human skill when the prophets looked through the future and were able to predict the
birth of our Lord in a certain town called Bethlehem many hundred years before it came to pass.

1. Isaiah 9, The birth of Christ was predicted 750 years before it happened.  Isaiah 7:14, "God said a virgin shall
conceive and bring forth a Son." This was fulfilled in Matthew 1:22, 23.

2. John the Baptist as the forerunner of Christ was prophesied 450 years before his birth. Malachi 3:1, "I will send
my messenger and he shall prepare the way before me." This was fulfilled in John 1:23, (450 years later) ... "I am
the voice of one crying in the wilderness, make straight the way of the Lord."

3. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ was predicted centuries before it happened. Psalm 22 tells in detail what would
happen. These details are fulfilled in the Gospels.

Kenyon's testimony is: The Christian can take the whole Bible in his hand and say without fear or hesitation that he
holds in it the true Word of God handed down without essential loss from generation to generation throughout the
centuries.

We believe the Bible was written by the finger of God and by Holy Men of God as they were moved upon by the
Spirit. It is harmoniously woven around one Man; the Man, Christ Jesus, and presents a pattern of likeness to all
mankind.



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