Is all the Bible inspired?
The Lord tells us that all the Bible is inspired, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16a). The Bible was written by men who were inspired and guided by the Holy Ghost. God did utilize their abilities and personalities, but directly communicated His message through them for our good. To say the Bible is inspired by God means that its messages are an extension of God Himself, revealing His character and will.
the Scriptures is the very thought of God given to men. “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 Peter 1:21). The power of the Scriptures is due to the life factor provided by God Himself. The endurance of its words and its ability to fulfill every need of man witnesses to its divine origin. The Lord does not authorize people to try to differentiate between that which they think should be divinely inspired and that which they supposed to be the work of men.
The apostle Paul teaches, “All Scripture … is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16b). As a child is taught the fundamental duties of manhood, so the believer finds in God’s Word the collective morals that will help him to grow up to the “perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).
Jesus Honored the Scriptures
Jesus taught, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18). Jesus had not come to abolish any part of the Scriptures He Himself had given (1 Peter 1:11), and which testified of Him (John 5:39; Luke 4:21).
The Savior made it clear that God’s inspiration extends to every dot and letter of every written word He has revealed. “The scripture cannot be broken” (John 10:35). Therefore, time spent in God’s Word is time spent listening to God. Jesus often quoted Scripture as authority for the truth He was teaching. And He specifically quoted Scripture when meeting the temptations of Satan “It is written…” (Matthew 4:4). And He declared, “Thy word is truth” (John 17:17).
The Bible is breathed by God. As a result, we are to submit our lives to its teachings as it reveals God’s good will for our lives today. The Bible (the Old and New Testament) is the operations manual for a human life. If we choose to ignore some parts of it, we will suffer loss (Proverbs 29:18).
In His service,