RD 101 - Inspiration

By Jack Eberle

Psalms 12:1-2 forcefully reminds us of our present age. “They speak vanity every one with his neighbor…”, “double heart”. Verse 6 gives us the different picture. It is a picture of His holy Word: “The Words of the Lord are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Verse 7: “You shall preserve them from this generation ever.”

The Word and Words of God are “plenary”, thorough and indispensable. His words are words out of His mouth. They are the breath of God in your ears. The Word “plenary” used by Bible theologians and scholars means fullness. There can be no “less full” words of God. Translators and scholars are not “plenary” inspired but men voicing their opinions. The Word of God is often rejected by unbelievers because of its miraculous nature. Christ’s death may be accepted by unbelievers, but not His miraculous bodily resurrection. His youthful teaching in the temple can be accepted, but not his birth by a virgin. The unbelieving can not accept His Word.

The Sadducees were examples of this unbelief. Read Mark 12:24-27. In verse 24, Jesus upbraids them for not knowing the Scriptures. How could they? Belief comes before understanding. In verse 26, Christ stresses the present with “I Am”. In verse 27, He stresses that He is a living God in contrast to a dead god. The timeless nature of God is emphasized. The Holy Scriptures are God’s Words. Men, from time to time, will mistakenly aspire to a pseudo-godliness which allows Satan to delude them into thinking that perhaps they have revelations from a god. Such may have been the notions of Caiaphas recorded in John 11:48-52. Modern “prophets” have made spurious proclamations, pronounced false visions and aspired to intrude their blathering in the place of His Word.

God’s Word records the operations of His plan. Read Acts 4:25-20. A study of this passage will bring you to see that unbelievers have opposed God and His people, but His plan will prevail over such opposition. “The heathen rage” and the rulers are gathered together against Christ. God’s plan moves forward. The Word of God shows God’s hand doing His plan. Herod and Pilate do not prevail against the Holy Child. Read Exodus 4:10-12. Moses protested his lack of eloquence, but God told him, “…I will be with your mouth…” In Jeremiah 1:5-7 Jeremiah protests against the awesome responsibility but God tells him “whatsoever I command you, you shall speak…” Galatians 1:15-16 speaks of Paul being separated from “the womb”. Paul, the writer of 14 portions of Scripture, wrote only as God guided the Words. The Holy Scriptures are God’s Word & Words.