Q: How would you explain the inspiration of Scripture to someone unfamiliar with the Bible? What authority does the Bible have in your life?
A: In explaining the inspiration of scripture to someone who is unfamiliar with the Bible, I would first try to explain the Holy Spirit: being a part of the Trinity that is God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, each their own but also one. “One” because they come from God’s very own Spirit; the Holy Spirit, being a part of God that He can share with those who He calls His own, i.e. His children, those who believe in Him and confess Jesus Christ as His begotten son, conceived through divine conception, who died on the cross and rose for us again, freeing us from the bondage of sin and death.
Now, we see that Luke 1:35 says, “The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God.” This verse clearly tells us that God took a very part of Himself – that is NOT like flesh and does not work like flesh – His Spirit, and placed a part of Himself (the Holy Spirit) within Mary in the form of man, as His Son, Jesus.
We also see in Luke 3:22 it says, “…and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Here we see another example of God taking a part of Himself and placing it within another. This moment being when the Holy Spirit was made available to ALL of us, all believers, through confession and baptism.
Now, the Spirit of God is holy and righteous, this meaning “set apart for the service of God” and “morally right”. So when God allows us to receive the Holy Spirit, in essence we are receiving a very part of God Himself. When we receive the Holy Spirit, we bear the attributes of the Holy Spirit which are righteousness and holiness, in character – in heart, in mind, in action. The Holy Spirit is what causes us to change for better – die to flesh, and live in the Spirit. The Holy Spirit is what convicts us when we are wrong. Receiving the Holy Spirit is how we are better able to hear and feel God; it’s a connection that is made with Him because He’s literally with us AND within us.
When He is within us, we are better able to discern spiritual things that we would otherwise be unable to know – we would not understand; we wouldn’t know what His presence feels like, we wouldn’t know the sound of His voice, we wouldn’t receive revelation of scripture, matter of fact we’d barely know right from wrong… When God speaks to us, His words are true and they are righteous and will never contradict His own words.
So in receiving the Holy Spirit, we are given an understanding of spiritual things that are beyond the understanding and knowledge of the earthly world. This is the meaning behind “inspiration of scripture” and having this knowledge is what gives the Bible authority over our lives because we should then know the Bible as the actual, infallible word of God, as inspired by the Holy Spirit and imparted into man.
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