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Inspiration Part IV

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, II Timothy 3:16. We finally come to the place in the Bible where inspiration is mentioned in regards to the giving of scripture. This scripture is where most expositors start when trying to fathom inspiration. They totally ignore its first usage where inspiration is explained. They therefore come up with their own explanations of the term and fight each other about it.

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, John 14:26. Here is a verse which gives us far more insight into how the Apostles gave us scripture. It is in two parts. First, the Holy Ghost teaches them all things. That is not unique to the apostles. But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him, I John 2:27.

The teaching that the Holy Ghost gives is available to any person he inhabits and he chooses to give understanding. When he gives understanding he will do it exactly like Elihu explained to Job in Job 32:8. God will take an in breath inside of the believer (inspiration, see the previous three posts), and the believer will understand. That is all inspiration means. Inspiration is an in breath. The inspiration of God gives understanding to whoever he is inside of and exercising his gift of understanding. Jesus promised that understanding (inspiration) to the apostles.

He also promised that the Holy Ghost would give the apostles remembrance of everything that he said. That is unique to the apostles. There is no way that we could be given remembrance of everything that Jesus Christ said because we didn't hear it in the first place. We may have our memories prodded by God in places where in our due diligence we have read and studied, but the apostles were promised perfect remembrance of what they heard him say.

We know that there is also special revelation given to them. We find conversations recorded that no apostle had been around to hear. We find details of the birth of Jesus Christ and John the Baptist that no apostle could have witnessed. We know that knowledge is a specific gift given by the Spirit of God prior to the completion of scripture. It is one of the gifts that Paul tells us will cease when that which is perfect is come, I Corinthians 13:8.

Thus speaketh the LORD God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book, Jeremiah 30:2. It is common for commentators to quote verses such as this to prove that every word given by God was sent down verbatim and dictated by the Holy Ghost. There is no doubt that he sometimes did that. Yet when he, the Apostle Paul, explained how God gave scripture he could have used many words to have explained its transmission. He chose the word "inspiration" and that does not mean heavenly exact transmission.

Much of what is written in Scripture is the wording of a man who has been given understanding by God and set apart by God as holy writ. Any saint of God can have the inspiration of God give him understanding. What no one has had since the completion of the canon of Scripture is the authority to write more text into the Bible.

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