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									     THE BIBLE
Inspiration and Authority
 How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?

• 2 Tim. 2:14-17: Remind them of these things,
  charging them in the sight of the Lord, that they
  don't argue about words, to no profit, to the
  subverting of those who hear. Give diligence to
  present yourself approved by God, a workman
  who doesn't need to be ashamed, properly
  handling the Word of Truth. But shun empty
  chatter, for they will proceed further in
  ungodliness, and their word will consume like
  gangrene… (WEB)
                          Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
 How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?

• Paul is stressing the need to avoid useless
  wrangling and talk about religious things with no
  substance like those referred to in 2 Tim. 3:7
• Paul expected Timothy to be diligent and
  confident in his teaching and not twist God’s
  word into a meaning not given in the context.
• Timothy was exhorted to rightly divide the
  scriptures, distinguishing the teachings of the
  Old Covenant from the New.
• Access to the “Truth” is described by Jesus in
  Jn. 8:31-32.

                          Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
 How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?

• Here are some things to think about
  while we study this lesson:
• Should we emulate the Apostles in their
  reverence for the Bible?
• What kind of training do our young
  preachers need?
• How does this training involve the work of
  the church?
                       Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
 How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?

• Here are some things to think about
  while we study this lesson:
• Does our view of Bible authority dictate
  how we live our lives?
• Compare and contrast God’s providence
  in keeping the Bible pure and His
  providence in overseeing our lives.


                      Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• 2 Tim. 3:14-16: But you remain in the things
  which you have learned and have been assured
  of, knowing from whom you have learned them.
  From infancy, you have known the sacred
  writings which are able to make you wise for
  salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.
  Every writing inspired by God is profitable for
  teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for
  instruction which is in righteousness, that the
  man of God may be complete, thoroughly
  equipped for every good work. (WEB)

                         How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
    WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
           WHAT THEY DO
•  Six things about the nature, purpose
   and use of the Scriptures:
1. The scriptures are simple enough that
   they can be taught to a child.
2. The scriptures are “sacred writings.”
3. Scriptures contain teachings that can
   bring salvation.


                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
    WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
           WHAT THEY DO
•  Six things about the nature, purpose
   and use of the Scriptures:
4. Scripture is inspired by God.
5. The Scriptures can make the man of God
   adequate and complete.
6. Scriptures are able to equip a man
   spiritually for every good work.


                   How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• The scriptures are simple enough that
  they can be taught to a child.
• Timothy had been taught them by his
  mother and grandmother since his youth.
  (Pr. 22:6)




                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• The scriptures are “sacred writings.”
• Paul was referring to the OT, but later
  Peter would classify Paul’s writings in the
  same way. (2 Pet. 3:2; 15-16)
• They are not the product of human
  wisdom and must be read with reverence,
  believed with confidence and followed with
  diligence.

                     How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• Scriptures contain teachings that can
  bring salvation.
• Faith is produced by receiving the
  message - Rom. 10:17
• Obedience to its teachings makes one a
  child of God - Gal. 3:26-27
• Trusting its promises gives hope
  - 2 Pet. 3:13
                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• Scripture is inspired by God.
• They are eternal, true, powerful and
  complete.
• They reveal the origin and destiny of man
• They give us a record of how God has
  dealt with man in the past and how He
  deals with us in the present and future.
• They express the nature and love of God
• No other revelation is needed.
                     How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• The Scriptures can make the man of
  God adequate and complete.
  - 1 Pet. 2:2
• Why were the Hebrew readers called
  immature?
  - Heb. 5:12-13
• Our spiritual nutrition involves “milk and
  meat.”

                       How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
   WHAT THE SCRIPTURES ARE AND
          WHAT THEY DO
• Scriptures are able to equip a man
  spiritually for every good work.




                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
 THE BIBLE COMES FROM GOD
• The Bible assumes its readers will accept it
  as inspired.
• Peter describes the process:
  - 1 Pet. 1:10-12, 20-21
• The prophets did not always know the extent of
  their prophecy.
• Even the angels did not know what certain
  prophecies referred to.
• Many prophecies were only made clear with the
  coming of Jesus - Heb. 1:1-2

                       How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
 THE BIBLE COMES FROM GOD
• The Scriptures came by the Holy Spirit
  using the voices and pens of God’s
  chosen messengers.
  - 2 Pet. 3:2, 15-16
• Prophets, Apostles and Jesus were all
  inspired.



                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
      THE BIBLE SPEAKS WITH
        GOD’S AUTHORITY
• The Apostle John with a lesson on the
  nature and authority of the Scriptures.
• Jesus rebuked the Jews who refused to
  believe that He was the fulfillment of
  inspired prophecy.
  - Jn. 5:38-39, 46
• Jesus answered the unbelieving Jews with
  Scripture to confirm His deity.
  - Jn. 10:34-35, Ps. 82:6

                    How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
      THE BIBLE SPEAKS WITH
        GOD’S AUTHORITY
• Jesus regarded the Psalms as inspired
  and authoritative. “The scriptures cannot
  be broken.”
• Jesus promised His Apostles that they
  would be led by the Spirit.
  - Jn. 14:26, 15:26, 16:13



                     How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
 HOW THE SCRIPTURES EXPRESS THE
       IDEA OF INSPIRATION
• Jesus was sending the Holy Spirit to be their
  “Helper.” The Holy Spirit guided the Apostles as
  they preached and wrote. - Acts 2:4, 2 Pet. 1:21
• The Holy Spirit would help the Apostles
  remember all that Jesus said and did during His
  ministry.
• Note Paul’s quote of Jesus (Acts 20:35) and the
  details he knew concerning the Lord’s Supper,
  even though he was not present.
• The Holy Spirit was to bear witness of Jesus
  (Jn. 15:26) through the testimony and miracles
  of the Apostles. - Jn. 20:31
                        How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF THE WORD

• Paul affirms his message was from the
  Holy Spirit
  - 1 Cor. 2:12-13
• NT Scriptures are much more than
  sermons delivered by first-century
  preachers.
• They are the will of God, the teachings of
  Jesus and the words that the Holy Spirit
  guided holy men to record. -1 Thess. 2:13

                     How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
 THE SPIRITUAL POWER OF THE WORD

• The writers of Scripture were not some kind of
  robotic machines playing back God-given
  dictation. Sometimes they did not want to deliver
  the prophecy given to them. - Jer. 20:7-9
• God revealed His will to men through various
  methods such as: visions, dreams, orally, or
  written on stone. Sometimes His words were
  accompanied by thunder, lightning, darkness,
  gloom or a dove.

                        How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
         CLOSING THOUGHTS

• The Holy Spirit used the personalities,
  language, upbringing, style, and education
  of the authors to bring us God’s word.
• Full understanding of Divine inspiration is
  limited by the finite human mind.
• The same type of faith that it takes for
  us to believe in Jesus as the Son of
  God is needed to believe in the
  inspiration of God’s Word.

                     How Did the Apostles View Scriptures?
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