PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION

Has it ever been your experience to hear your pastor make a statement on the subject of the Inspiration of the Scriptures?  There are numerous theories out there concerning that subject. 

Some of you are probably “on target” as to the subject; however, there are many who are unaware that many individuals, including pastors, are about as confused over this issue as the politicians that have the responsibility of leading our country.

After being alerted to this problem within our churches, more than sixty years ago, I did a little “digging” as to what was meant in the Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16) about “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”  After all, it was important that I had a good comprehension of the subject if I was desirous of leading people “to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus ;”( v15) Also, that I might be comfortable in teaching and preaching for the edifying of Jesus Christ.

It began with the idea of Illumination, Natural inspiration, inspired concepts, Plenary Inspiration, none of which were entirely satisfying.  Finally, I found that Plenary, Verbal Inspiration made the most sense.  It meant that “every word in the original manuscripts of the Bible is given by inspiration of God; or given by God through the Holy Spirit.” (Miller)  This, given under the superintendence of the Holy Spirit!  It was not dictation, it allowed for the guidance of the Holy Spirit.  Each writer could write in his own style, while at the same time I could rest assured of the accuracy of what had been written.  Another aspect of this position allowed for understanding of the word plenary, which meant “God breathed”. Hopefully this will make all of us more solidly entrenched in discussing why we believe the Bible to be the Word of God.

In referring to one of these thoughts concerning the Word of God, I am reminded of someone saying: “The gold was His; the mold was theirs.”

In confidence one can say “Thank you Lord for your communication with us through the WORD and ministry of the Holy Spirit.”

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