June 25, 2013
THE GEORGIA CAPITOL DEVOTIONAL - 25 JUNE 2013
The biblical term “revelation” refers both to God’s self-disclosure with regard to His nature and purpose for humanity, and the corpus of truth made known. Humanity needs communication from God with regard to who He is and what He requires. The thousands of disorganized and organized religions that exist worldwide today is evidence that many people are confused and ignorant with regard to God’s revelation.
Whereas revelation is the content and medium by which God has given truth, inspiration is the manner in which the truth has been recorded. Second Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21 are two primary biblical texts that affirm the doctrine of inspiration.
2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.
2 Peter 1:21 – “for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”
The extent of inspiration includes “all Scripture,” which means the entire Old and New Testaments are inspired, not merely portions of the Bible (this doctrine is called plenary, or full, inspiration). God inspired the very words of Scripture (this doctrine is called verbal inspiration). The biblical authors were not, in actual fact, inspired; rather, they were “moved by the Holy Spirit” so that the Bible itself, that is, the words are inspired.
“Prophecy of Scripture” is used broadly in 2 Peter 1:20, and has reference to God’s revelation by means of prediction (foretelling) and proclamation (telling). The gift of prophecy enables humanity to receive truth directly from God. The origin of prophetic Scripture is not the human will; rather, the biblical authors “spoke from God.” Scripture is repeatedly stated as originating with God. The word “moved” in 2 Peter 1:21 is a word picture of the biblical writers being impelled by the Holy Spirit to write God’s words (Acts 27:15 uses the same Greek word for a ship “driven along” by the wind).
Take a moment to ponder these words: the God who created all things is not silent; rather, He took the initiative and gave His truth through the Holy Spirit, who impelled erring humans as penmen, yet miraculously superintended them as they wrote thereby preventing any error or omission in Scripture.
Scripture can be trusted as being inerrant and infallible. The trustworthiness of Scripture means it is credible and is worthy of belief. God gave His Word to reveal Himself and his will for humanity. Scripture makes errant humans wise unto salvation, and hearing and heeding it will certainly grant you the strength and wisdom needed for “everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Pet 1:3).
REMINDER: next Tuesday (2nd of July) is
the monthly (interim) Capitol Commission Bible study
Room 123 CAP, Georgia Capitol, @ 12 Noon