Modernism And The Inspiration Of The Bible


  1. INTRODUCTION:

    1. SCRIPTURE READING: 2 Timothy 3:14-17 = "But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."
    2. MODERNISM IS ANOTHER TERM FOR INFIDELITY AND HERESY AND THERE ARE MANY DIFFERENT SHADES OF MODERNISM.
    3. ONE MUST HAVE A PROPER CONSIDERATION OF THE BIBLE IN ORDER TO BE SAVED.
    4. THE MODERNIST DOESN’T HAVE THE PROPER VIEW TOWARD THE BIBLE.
      1. They believe there are errors and contradictions in the Bible.
      2. They do not believe that the Bible is infallible and inspired.
    5. WE MUST UNDERSTAND THAT THE BIBLE IS THE INSPSIRED WORD OF GOD AND INFALLIBLE.

  2. DISCUSSION:

    1. THE MODERNIST’S CONCEPT OF BIBILICAL INSPIRATION IS FALSE:
      1. Mechanical diction:
        1. The writers were amanuensis of the Holy Ghost, writing what the Holy Ghost dictated to them.
        2. If this be true, then explain the diversity of style of Moses, Job, Peter, Paul and the other writers?
      2. Natural inspiration:
        1. The inspired David, or Isaiah, is little different than inspired Edgar Allen Poe or Paul Bunyon.
        2. If this be true, then explain the revelation of God, His promises, and scheme of redemption contained in the Bible.
      3. Concept, or thought, inspiration:
        1. Holy Ghost reveals the thought or concepts to man, who writes their own words.
        2. If this be true, such a theory destroys the foundation of Christianity as each man could write his own doctrine.
      4. There are other sources of revelation than the Bible, like history and tradition.
    2. THERE ARE TWO DISTINCT ELEMENTS BROUGHT INTO FORCE IN THE PRODUCTION OF THE BIBLE:
      1. The Divine element:
        1. The Bible came from God.
        2. Hebrews 1:1 = "God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,"

          Jeremiah 1:9 = "Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth."

        3. The divine element reveals the mind of God.
        4. 1 Corinthians 2:9-13 = "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

          Hebrews 3:7 = "Wherefore (as the Holy Ghost saith, To day if ye will hear his voice,"

          1 Peter 1:11 = "Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow."

        5. This Divine word cannot be broken apart, changed, or altered.

        Matthew 5:18-19 = "For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven."

        Matthew 24:35 = "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

      2. The human element:
      3. 2 Corinthians 4:7 = "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us."

        Exodus 4:12 = "Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say." Exodus 4:15 = " And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do."

        1. Human language used:
        2. Ephesians 3:1-12 = "For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward: How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel: Whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power. Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him."

          Acts 2:40 = "And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation."

          Acts 11:14 = "Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved."

          Revelation 1:3 = "Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand."

        3. Man chosen to record it:

      Revelation 14:13 = "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."

      Revelation 1:11 = "Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: and, What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto Laodicea."

      Luke 24:44 = "And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me."

      II John 12 = "Having many things to write unto you, I would not write with paper and ink: but I trust to come unto you, and speak face to face, that our joy may be full."

    3. INSPIRATION DEFINED – THE SOURCE AND NATURE OF IT:
      1. Inspiration defined:
        1. Comes from two Latin words "in" and "spire" which means to blow or breath into.
        2. It was the breathing of God into men that enable them to receive and communicate the truths He gave them.

        Job 32:8 = "But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding."

        2 Timothy 3:16-17 = "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

        John 6:63 = "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."

        Hebrews 4:12 = "For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart."

      2. The source:
        1. The Holy Ghost exercises an influence on the writer to write God’s words John 16:13 = "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come."
        2. The Holy Ghost will bring to the writer’s remembrance the very words of the Lord.
        3. John 14:26 = "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you."

          Acts 4:4 = "Howbeit many of them which heard the word believed; and the number of the men was about five thousand."

        4. The Holy Ghost enabled others to speak God’s words:

        Acts 19:6 = "And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied."

        2 Samuel 23:2 = "The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue."

        2 Peter 1:21 = "For the 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."

      3. The Bible is the plenary verbally inspired book of God.
      4. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 = "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works."

        1. The words were not of man’s choosing:
        2. Matthew 10:19-20 = "But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak. For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you."

          1 Corinthians 2:13 = "Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual."

          2 Corinthians 2:4-5 = "For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you. But if any have caused grief, he hath not grieved me, but in part: that I may not overcharge you all."

        3. Verbal inspiration allowed men to speak of that which they didn’t understand.
          1. Scientific knowledge which was beyond Job’s time.
          2. Job 42:3 = "Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not."

          3. Peter spoke of Gentiles, but didn’t know he was to go to them.
          4. Acts 2:39 = "For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call."

            Comment: Read Acts 10:1-35, and note verses 14, 28-29, 34-35.

          5. Prophets of the Old Testament didn’t know fully.

          1 Peter 1:9-12 = "Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into."

        4. Verbal inspiration allowed men to speak in languages they didn’t know.
        5. Acts 2:4-11 = "And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born? Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia, Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes, Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God."

        6. Truth often depended on one word or even one letter of a word.
          1. The "I AM" plainly state that Abraham, Isaac and Jocob were still living. 
            Matthew 22:32
            = "I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
          2. The "seed" is plainly stated as one and not many. Galatians 3:16 = "Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ."
        7. The word alone conveys meaning, and when the word is changed the meaning is changed.

  3. CONCLUSION:

    1. THE BIBLE IS:
      1. The Word of God.
      2. The pure word of God.
      3. The pure inspired word of God.
    2. WE DO NOT HAVE THE ORIGINAL APOSTOLIC WRITINGS, BUT WE HAVE THE PRESERVED WORD OF GOD.
    3. WE MAY BE ASSURED THE BIBLE WE HAVE IS THE WORD OF GOD, AND THEREFORE:
      1. Seek to know it and learn from it.
      2. Obey it.
      3. Live it.
      4. Why? We shall be judged by it.

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