Thoughts on Sacred Scripture

The Holy Bible is the only certain and infal­lible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience that constitutes salvation. What this means is the canon of Scripture is the rule for the church—because it is from God. It is truly a divine creation. The apostle Paul reveals in 2 Timothy 3:16 that sacred Scripture is theopneustos (in Greek, a combination of theos, meaning “God,” and pneō, meaning “to breathe, blow”), which liter­ally means “God-breathed” or “breathed out from God.” That is to say, the text of Scripture is the product of the divine, life-giving breath of the Almighty—breathed out through the secret operation of the Holy Spirit by which he produced the Word of God from the word of men. All human authors were powerfully guided and led to write his message by divine initiative yet without suppressing the individual personality of each writer. Consequently, the words penned by each author, while under inspiration from the Spirit, are not only free of fault and error but also relay a message of supreme value for humanity.

The Scriptures owe their origin to an activity of God the Spirit, and as such, are in the highest and truest sense his creation. Understanding this nature of the Bible provides the believer with a solid foundation upon which to stand firm against a host of attacks regarding its sufficiency and inerrancy.

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