Inerrancy and Inspiration

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We know that in God we find authority, and that there is no higher authority outside of Him. The authority of God written word is, then, the authority of what God is, which is made known in His self-disclosure. (Elwell pg. 153) Revelation is therefore the key to God’s authority, because in order to have authority we need revelation concerning the source of authority. In revelation God declares His authority. Inspiration is the process by which God chose to reveal Himself, apart from general revelation, through His written Word. By His Word, we mean being God’s own Word written by men and superintended by His Holy Spirit as the divine author. The written word of God is whole and was verbally given with the incorporation of the writer’s personality without any error or fault. In 2 Timothy 3:16 (KJV) we read that “all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction and righteousness.” Also in 2 Peter 1:19-20 (KJV) we read that no prophecy came from the will of man but rather that men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. In light of the prophecies and predictions that Scripture has made regarding the predictions concerning the Messiah, His birth, life, death, burial and resurrection, it is hard not to see the Bible as the inspired Word of God. I do not think men of their own accord could have been that accurate apart from divine inspiration.

Now there is still a question pertaining to inerrancy that must be answered and it is one that proves to be of equal importance. If men were the authors, and men are fallible and sinners, how do we know that the Bible is without error? Could the authors who penned the Scriptures have made mistakes? These are valid questions and indeed the authors were fallible themselves being men and were capable of making mistakes. But one must ask…...

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