The Word of God Part 1
I have been praying over what topics I should write about for the next few weeks. I think it is necessary that we revisit the topic of the inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures. There are still many Christians who are being deceived and misled by the false, occult, New Age, modern Bible versions that pervert and distort God’s Truth. We will not only revisit the topic of inerrancy and inspiration, but we will discover how the Word came forth unto us and its purpose today in this present dispensation. Let’s begin by talking about how the Word came to us (inspiration).
In the Webster’s dictionary, inspiration is defined as the infusion of ideas into the mind by the Holy Spirit; the conveying into the minds of men, ideas, notices or monitions by extraordinary or supernatural influence; or the communication of the divine will to the understanding by suggestions or impressions on the mind, which leave no room to doubt the reality of their supernatural origin.
From the Scriptures, we understand that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God…” (2 Tim. 3:16) The Greek word used for the English word “inspiration” in this passage of Scripture is theopneustos, meaning to divinely breathe in, or God-breathed. If we look at the root words from which the word theopneustos is derived, we can see that the last part of the word, pneu, literally means a hard breath; a breeze. James tells us that we must “…receive with meekness the engrafted (implanted, germinated) word, which is able to save your souls.” (James 1:21) The Word of God has not only been inspired, but has been permanently preserved and protected by God, so that souls can be saved by the Word of God and by the power of the Gospel. The Word has been grounded, implanted, and is complete in the 66 books of the Holy Bible. We have a “more sure word of prophecy” (2 Peter 1:19) that we can take heed to and will help guide us throughout the remainder of our life. It is for this reason that we believe that the Bible does not contain the Word of God, it is the Word of God!
The first mention of the Word of God is in John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” By comparing Scripture with Scripture, we understand and acknowledge that the Bible is referring to Jesus Christ. Since the Bible is inspired by God, it follows that all Scripture begins with Jesus Christ and ends with Jesus Christ. Jesus Himself states in Revelation 1:8 that, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.” Scripture begins and ends with Jesus Christ.
The first mention of the Word of God (in spoken form) is in Genesis 1:3 when God utters the first words recorded in the Bible, “And God said, ‘Let there be light…'” These are the first words of God ever recorded in the Bible.
The first mention of the Word of God (in spoken form) to mankind is recorded in Genesis 1:28-30 , “Gen 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.”
The first commandment that God ever gave was to mankind, which is recorded in Genesis 2:16-17 , “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.”
The first promise that God ever gave was recorded in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
The second promise that God gave was given to Noah and recorded in Genesis 8;21, “And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart [is] evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”
As you probably have begun to realize, the written Word of God really didn’t exist until the time of Moses after the Flood of Noah. In fact, it was Moses who wrote Genesis (where most of the references to the spoken Word of God are recorded), Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. God’s timing is always perfect. God waited until the appropriate time to allow His Word to be written down and preserved throughout the ages.
For tomorrow’s lesson: Read 2 Peter 1:21 and Deuteronomy 5 concerning the inspiration of the Holy Scriptures and how the Bible was written down from Moses onward.