“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 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.
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 NIV).
Jesus 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 experience unnecessary problems.
In His service,