If the Bible is not inspired, how can it reliably serve as our standard of authority in religious matters (2 Tim.3:16, 17, 2, Jn. 9-11)? If the Bible did not originate with God, how can it serve as the standard for the final judgment (Jn. 12:48, Rev. 20:12)?
The Bible Claims Inspiration
The language of the Bible is authoritative (cf. Lk. 1: 1-4). The writers do not present themselves as mere men, writing from fallible memories. Paul said the spirit supplied his very words (I Cor. 2: 13). He wrote to the Corinthians of his authority in the following statement: “…the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord” (I Cor. 14: 37). Peter declared of the prophets, “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1: 21). The word of God states, “all scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Tim. 3: 16). “Inspiration” is from theopneustos. Theopneutos means God-breathed (theos, God; pneo, to breathe).
False Concepts of Inspiration
Not a few modernists today claim to believe in the inspiration of the scriptures. However, they define inspiration as nomadically(thought inspiration – God supplied the thought, man supplied the words). Some believe in natural inspiration (“Longfellow was inspired”). However, the scriptures advocate plenary or verbal inspiration. The very words shall judge us (Jn. 12: 48). The prophecies, scientific statements, geographic information, and moral enunciation all declare the inspiration of God’s word.
In view of the perfectness of the scriptures (inspiration) we are to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3). Because the scriptures are God-given, the Bible is God’s final revelation to man (Jude 3). It totally furnishes us (2 Tim. 3: 16, 17).