Published on June 12, 2008
Inspiration and authority
The authorship of Scripture
The authorship of Scripture What exactly did God “inspire”? The reader? The events? The ideas? The pen? BUT that’s illumination BUT if so, he says nothing BUT some bits are more rewarding BUT very little fits this idea
concursive action God the writer
What this means is that it’s inspiration Human words, style, vocabulary, decisions God’s choice of exactly what should be there
Jesus appealed to verbal inspiration Mt 5:18 “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law...” Mt 22:32 bases its whole argument on the tense used One word makes all the difference in Mt 22:45 Jn 10:34-35 depends on whether a word is plural
The words are exact and all quotations are absolutely precise! WOW! So everything it says is literally true ! Don’t jump to conclusions!
THAT’S why there are no uncertainties about any of it! Not necessarily!
What doesn’t this mean? 1. That every word is original and unique EZRA Persian records CHRONICLES Other histories PROVERBS Amenemope
What doesn’t this mean? 2. That every word is exact “ three days”?
What doesn’t this mean? 3. That quotations are always precise When you ascended on high, you led captives in your train; you received gifts from men Ps 68:18 When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men Eph 4:8
The initial recipients of the New Testament books did not have personal copies of the Old Testament, which meant that most people relied on the meaning of the text more than the precise wording of the text. This means that the majority of quotations in close conformity are from passages most people would have memorized or heard frequently … Quotations from less familiar texts are more likely to be quoted for reasons other than strict repetition of the original… It is also true that sometimes the New Testament writer incorporated his allusions to the Old into the argument or literary style by changes inconsequential to the meaning or purpose, but which blend the allusion into the narrative better. Bob Passantino
What doesn’t this mean? 4. That every word is literally true There is no God The fool has said in his heart, “ .”
What doesn’t this mean? 5. That no words have been changed before they reached us Isaiah Jeremiah Ezekiel Daniel
What doesn’t this mean? 6. That every word was carefully planned by the writer The ending of Mark Short notes like Philemon Moses and Deuteronomy 34
What doesn’t this mean? 7. That there are no uncertainties about any of the words Authority on her head I hate divorce
The text of Scripture coming next time: When we look at the manuscripts we have – can they be trusted?
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