God’s Inspired Scripture

Series: Essentials of Christian Faith

God’s Inspired Scripture
Dr. Johnson C. Philip

002EEvery family needs someone to unite it, and every group of people also need something to unite it. In the same way, every faith group also needs a factor to unite it. For the Christian faith, it is the Bible that is the uniting factor.

However, there is something unique with the Bible that is not there with any other factor that unites people. Inspiration of the Bible is that unique factor. Of course, the word inspiration can confuse many people. For example, we often say that a picture, a place, or a person has given us much inspiration. However, when we use that word in relation to the Bible, it is used in a totally different way.

In 2 Timothy 2:16 we read, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. Here the word is used in the sense that God gave His word to the writers the way they breathe — as a totally integrated part of their being, and that they then wrote it exactly the way God gave it to them. This was not some kind of a mechanical dictation, nor did God use these writers the way one uses a typewriter to type what one has in mind. Rather, in a perfectly natural way the Spirit of God allowed them to write exactly what He wanted them to pen down.

Since the Holy Bible has come to down to us in a unique way, the book is unique in many ways and we need to understand these things clearly. Some of these are:

God has given Scripture in Old Testament times only through the Jewish Nation. In Psalms 147 verses 19 and 20 we read “He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD”

In the New Testament period, as is obvious, He has give us the Scripture only through Christians. There is no revelation outside the Bible. They have never understood it, and their scriptures do not contain Holy Spirit inspired revelation.

This means that the inspiration of the Holy Spirit has added several other qualities to this book that is not found in any other book. Some of these qualities are:

Bible is totally inerrant or free of errors. There are no scientific or historical errors in the Scripture.The Bible is totally infallible. If it makes a pronouncement on any subject, that pronouncement is infallible. It is always right and nobody has the authority to change it. The Bible is the final court of authority for faith and conduct for believers. If it makes a statement, we accept it whether we understand it or not. An attempt to understand should be made, but our ability to understand should never become the criterion of its authority.

Human sin nature is in rebellion against God. It dislikes anything that claims to be from God. More so if that Scripture claims to be infallible and inerrant. Thus worldwide there is a movement to challenge and attack the Scripture. The problem is not with the Scripture but rather with the rebellion in human heart.

However, the inspiration, authority, infallibility and inerrancy are not negotiable doctrines. If someone does not want to believe them, then he cannot claim to be a committed Christian. He might be a born-again person but his commitment and obedience is to be questioned. He is in immediate need to subdue his rebellious mind to the discipline and discipling of the Scripture.

Summary: Have you ever seen a person who questions the reliability of the Bible? Be sure that this person is in rebellion somewhere in his/her life. The doctrine of inspiration of the Scripture is an essential foundation for, and of, the Christian faith.

[Dr. Johnson C. Philip is a Christian Apologist. You can see more about him at http://www.JohnsonCPhilip.com]

9 comments for “God’s Inspired Scripture

  1. Frank Doney
    November 5, 2013 at 12:20 am

    Excellent article and teaching. Very edifying. Thank you for speaking and teaching the truth of the Word of God.

    February 26, 2014 at 11:03 pm


  3. Phelix Edward
    July 7, 2014 at 3:13 am

    dear brothern
    greetings in our Lord’s precious name . gone through the article and the Brothern Times. It is very encouraging. Apologetics is need of the hour as we see number of Christian groups mushrooming with obvious motives.
    I am Phelix Edward, a retired Principal of Govt.Degree college,AP, looking after Brothern assemblies at Venkatagiri and Naidupet in Nellore Distrct of Andhra Pradesh.
    I am very much moved and inspired by the failing health of elderly god servant Silas.c.Nairs. I know him as my teacher when I was a student of ABTI Aspiran Garden,Kellys,Kilpauk,Chennai during 1978-79.Praying for their health and getting inspired by their interest in spreading and witnessing for the Lord in their infirmity.
    I wish to submit articles to BT. Pleas let me know the email ID of the editor, if at all you consider external articles.
    Thank you
    with regards
    Phelix Edward

    July 1, 2015 at 10:46 am

    we are following what your ,

  5. Owk. Joseph Johnson
    July 16, 2015 at 5:22 am

    I greet you in the precious name of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ and would like to share my testimony. Though I was born brought up in a Christian family life, during the early childhood I was often irregular and attended the church forcibly. As the days went by in the 10th standard, I had an opportunity to attend the gospel meetings arranged by the local assembly where I realized the need for salvation to my life and accepted the Lord as my personal savior. From that day, I regularly attended the church, gospel meetings bible classes and listened to the word of God carefully.

    The desire in my heart to learn the word of God systematically led me to join SBC at Chennai with the help of the assembly. Having had completed the course, I returned to Andhra Pradesh and soon joined the ministry with the evangelist Owk Samuel, helping him run the gospel meetings and bible classes in 3 different assemblies [Ponnapuram Colony, Ayyalurmetta and Gangavaram] and surrounding areas, for ten years .The elders of the local assembly realized the call of God in my life for the ministry and prayed rigorously to know the will of God, waiting for him to lead us in his own way. while I was also waiting for His plan about the ministry, He spoke to me through HIS word Isaiah 6:8.Instilled by the courage and hope given by the word of God regarding my ministry, I commended my life as full time servant for the Ayyalurumetta Assembly in the presence of Assembly and the Evangelists. By the grace of God, personally, He has chosen a partner for me, Elizabeth and has blessed me with two daughters Tryphena[U.K.G]and Tryphosa[Nursery] and we currently reside at a rented house costing 2500 per month.

    By the grace of God, the ministry is prosperous and at present nearly 35-40 believers are gathering for worship. Pray for the ministry to be fruitful in the days to come as well as the new souls to be added to the Assembly .Kindly request you to enclose my name in your Assembly prayer list and remember me in your valuable prayers.

    Your brother in the Lord,

    Owk Joseph Johnson

  6. Owk. Joseph Johnson
    September 11, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    Owk Joseph Johnson, Evangelist
    Shiloh Christian Assembly
    Ayyalur Metta Village,
    Kurnool District,
    Andhra Pradesh, India
    Contact: +91 8330904196
    E-mail: phenaphosaowk@gmail.com

    Greetings to you in the Most Holy name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
    We thank the Lord for His gracious hand which has been upon us and also for your valuable prayer contribution regarding our ministry, and request you to uphold the Assemblies and the Ministry in your regular prayers.
    Moreover, as we prayed earnestly for the Construction of new Assembly hall at Ponnapuram Colony, the Lord had enabled us in completing which was beyond our abilities and resources [Around Rs.24 lakh] and through the prayer support of the saints and assemblies. By God’s Grace the Dedication Ceremony had taken place on the 29th of June 2015 by Bro. M. Devadanam from [Kurnool District], A.P. and Bro.V. Sambob from [Kadapa District], A.P in the presence of Evangelists from all over A.P.
    The Lord opened door to a family who have accepted the Lord as their personal saviour and got baptized recently and have been regularly attending the Bible classes and other meetings organized by the local Assembly. So please pray for that family to be strong in faith and in spirit.
    Therefore we would like to remind you of our ministry and activities of the Assemblies over here, for your prayerful support for the new souls to be added to the Assemblies in the days to come. Thank you.

    Your brother in Christ,

    Owk Joseph Johnson
    Date: 02-07-2015

  7. Owk. Joseph Johnson
    September 16, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Greetings to you in the Holy name of our Lord Jesus Christ. By God’s grace ministry is going on well as usual on every Sunday gathering for worship service and on other days going for outreach ministry and if climate is good we use to have a cottage meeting in our believers home every Tuesday. Recently we started the construction of compound wall around the Assembly Hall which will cost around 25 thousands. We thank and praise the Lord that some of the Assembly believers came forward to support the work which is in progress though their livelihood is below poverty. Therefore remember the ministry in your prayers regularly that the God Almighty meets the needs of the ongoing construction work that is and uphold the ministry in your prayers to be prosperous and fruitful in the days to come.

  8. V. Kluth
    October 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm

    Reference should be to 2Tim 3:16, not 2:16.

  9. Bertrand Smith
    November 15, 2015 at 1:44 am

    This is a very informative article that explains the importance of the inerrancy of the scriptures. I am looking forward to reading more articles of this nature.

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