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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Doctrine 2 - Inspiration of Scripture

Seven: The 7 Most Foundational Doctrines

The Bible is the written revelation of God, published by holy men inspired by the Holy Spirit, to canonize the very Word of God to all of mankind for the eternal purposes of knowing God through his Son Jesus Christ.

“We affirm that a confession of the full authority, infallibility, and inerrancy of Scripture is vital to a sound understanding of the whole of the Christian faith.  We further affirm that such confession should lead to increasing conformity to the image of Christ.  We deny that such confession is necessary for salvation.  However, we further deny that inerrancy can be rejected without grave consequences, both to the individual and to the church.”

-The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy
Articles of Affirmation and Denial, Article XIX.

Doctrine 2 - Inspiration of Scripture
The Word of God is Truth

Evangelicals have three main beliefs about Scripture. Let's dig into our Bibles and find out what these very important Scriptures say about God's Word:

1. Inspiration - Truth in Text
(The Word is inspired and authored by God and written down by men of God)
2 Timothy 3:16-17 God inspired.
Nehemiah 9:13, God instituted.
2 Peter 1:16-21 God authored.
2 peter 3:15-16 God published.

2. Inerrancy - Truth in Translation
(The Word is perfect and without errors)
Psalm 119:160 all Scripture is truth in Old Testament.
John 17:17 all Scripture is truth in New Testament.
Psalm 12:6 pure words.
Psalm 18:30 proven words. 
Psalm 19:7-9 perfect words.

3. Infallibility - Truth in Totality
(The Word is sufficient and complete from Genesis to Revelation alone) 
Psalm 18:30 no other words. 
Deuteronomy 4:2-12:32 no other law.
Proverbs 30:5-6 no other Scripture. 
Galatians 1:8 no other gospel. 
Revelation 22:18-19 no other Revelation.

Wrapping Up.
1. Knowing God’s Word is truth, we are to embrace it as the only means of authority to govern our lives through Christ.

2. Knowing God’s Word is perfect, we should embrace the profound wisdom and simplicity to establish our lives through Christ.

3. Knowing God’s Word is complete, we need to embrace the sufficiency of the Scriptures to be satisfied in our lives through Christ.

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