IS THE BIBLE VERBALLY INSPIRED?

By Stanley E. Anderson

 

1. The profundity of inspiration is shown in Genesis 1:1, "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."

 

2. The prophecy in Genesis 3:15 proves verbal inspiration. "And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel."

 

3. The principle of verbal inspiration is declared in 2 Samuel 23:2, "The Spirit of the Lord spake by me, and His word was in my tongue."

 

4. The precision of inspiration is detailed in Ecclesiastes 12:11, "The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd."

 

5. The positiveness of verbal inspiration is demonstrated in Jeremiah 1:9,10, "Then the Lord put forth His hand, and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant."

 

6. The preservation of the words of inspiration is guaranteed in Matthew 5:18, "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled."

 

7. The presentation of the words of inspiration is illustrated in Matthew 10:19, "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in the same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

 

8. The proclamation of verbal inspiration is stated both positively and negatively in 1 Corinthians 2:13, "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth, comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

 

9. The propagation of Scripture is described in 2 Timothy 3:16, "All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, and for instruction in righteousness."

 

10. The passivity of Scripture writers is revealed in 2 Peter 1:21, "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." --The Pilot, December 1930