INSPIRATION OF THE BIBLE PT 1 – WHERE THE BIBLE CAME FROM
The Bible is a revelation of God to man consisting of sixty-six books bound together and forming one book. Twenty-two of the books of the Bible are mainly historical,twenty-one are largely books of prophecy, twenty-one are in the form of letters, and two are primarily poetic.
Even though written by at least thirty-six different authors who were kings, farmers, lawyers,generals, fishermen, ministers, and priests, a tax collector, a doctor, some rich and some poor, stretching over a period of 1,600years, yet the Bible is one book because God was its real author.
1. Who gave the prophecies of the Bible by means of the Holy Spirit?
“For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.” 2 Peter 1:21. Read 1 Peter 1:10, 11.
NOTE: “The Spirit of Christ” inspired the prophets to show that the whole Bible is a Christian Book.
2. How much of the Bible is inspired by God?
“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God.” 2 Timothy 3:16, first part.
3. Who revealed the future to the prophets through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?
“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7.
4. Did the prophets recognise that their messages were from God?
Yes, here are a few examples:
David said, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2.
Jeremiah said, “The Lord said to me: “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth.”” Jeremiah 1:9, last part. Read Jeremiah 1:4-9.
God told Ezekiel, “You shall speak my words.” Ezekiel 2:7, first part.
When Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist, “Was filled with the Holy Spirit” he said that God had spoken “by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began.” Luke 1:70.
5. By what means does John say the book of Revelation was given?
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ,which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must shortly take place. And He sent and signified it by His angel to His servant John, who bore witness to the word of God, and to the testimony of Jesus Christ, to all things that he saw.” Revelation 1:1, 2.
NOTE: In this example the steps in God’s messages to the prophets we see that God is the fountainhead of truth. Christ received truth from the Father. Jesus then gave it to the chosen angel. The angel communicated the message to the prophet, who in turn passed it to the people either orally, or by writing or both.
It is evident that it was “God,who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets.” Hebrews 1:1. The Bible is God’s book. Because it is His Word it will stand forever. Read Isaiah 40:8. It would be well for us to place the same value on God’s Word as did Job, “I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.” Job 23:12.