The words of the Bible are the words of God. No more fundamental truth of the faith of
Christians can be made than this. "All scripture is given by the inspiration of God ..." (2
Timothy  3:16).

From Genesis to Revelation, all sixty-six books of the Bible (all thirty-nine of the Old Testament
and all twenty-seven of the Mew Testament), whether written by prophet or apostle, are given
by the inspiration of God.

THE OLD TESTAMENT

From Moses to Malachi, each of the prophets who penned the words of the books of the Old
Testament wrote "the words which the LORD of hosts has sent in His spirit..." (Zechariah 7.:
12).

'for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spoke as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2 Peter 1:21).

Thus, by the prophet Hosea, the LORD God says, "I have written to him the great things of My
law, ..." (Hosea 8:12).

These prophets did not write on their own initiative, they wrote at the direction of God. They
wrote not their own message, not even in their own words (at times merely taking dictation);
but, they wrote the message of God in the words which God directed.

Moses recorded, "And God spoke all these words, saying," (Exodus 20:1). The phrases "Thus
saith the LORD," "the word of the LORD came to" and "God spoke," or similar expressions,
are repeated too many times throughout the books of Moses, as well as the other books of
the Old Testament, to mention.

"And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and
all the people answered with one voice, and said, AH the words which the LORD hath said
will we do. And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, ..." (Exodus 24:4).

"...and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee" (Exodus 25:21).

"And the Lord said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I
have made a covenant with thee and with Israel.... And afterward all the children of Israel
came nigh: and he gave them in commandment all that the LORD had spoken with him in
mount Sinai" (Exodus 34:27,32).

"These are the statutes and judgments and laws, which the Lord made between him and the
children of Israel in mount Sinai by the hand of Moses" (Leviticus 26:46).

"Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments, even as the Lord my God commanded
me,..." (Deuteronomy 4,5).

"now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their
mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel... Moses
therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel." (Deuteronomy 31:
19,22).

David declared, "The Spirit of the LORD spake by me, and his word was in my tongue" (2
Samuel 23:2).

"Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the
seers, saying, ..." (2 Kings 17:13).

"For he established a testimony in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he
commanded our fathers, that they should make them known to their children: that the genera-
tion to come might know them, even the children which should be born; who should arise and
declare them to their children: that they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of
God, but keep his commandments:..," (Psalm 78:5-7).

"He spake unto them in the cloudy pillar: they kept his testimonies, and the ordinance that he
gave them" (Psalm 99:7).

"He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel." (Psalm 147:
19).

Isaiah declared, "Seek ye out of the book of the LORD, and read: no one of these shall fail,
none shall want her mate: for my mouth it hath commanded, and his spirit it hath gathered
them." (Isaiah 34:16).

Jeremiah chronicled, "the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD
said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth" (Jeremiah 1:9).

"The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying. Thus speaketh the LORD God of
Israel, saying. Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book." (Jeremiah 30:
2).

"And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this
word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying. Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein
all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all
the natinos, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day.... Then
the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words
which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, Take thee again another roll, and write
in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath
burned. And thou shalt say to Jehoiakim king of Judah, Thus saith the LORD; Thou hast
burned this roll, saying. Why hast thou written therein, saying. The king of Babylon shall
certainly come and destroy this land shall cause to cease from thence man and beast?
Therefore thus saith the LORD of Jehoiakim king of Judah; ...Then took Jeremiah another roll,
and gave it to Baruch the scribe, the son of Neriah; who wrote therein from the mouth of
Jeremiah all the words of the book which Jehoiakim king of Judah had burned in the fire: and
there were added besides unto them many like words." (Jeremiah 36:1-2,27-32).

Ezekiel recorded, "Then I spake unto them of the captivity all the things that the LORD had
shewed me." (Ezekiel 11:25).

Daniel stated before the king, "But I will shew thee that which is noted in the scripture of
truth:..." (Daniel 1O:21).

The Old Testament claims to be, and is, the word of God from first to last. The declarations
are too many, and too clear, to be able to ignore.

THE NEW TESTAMENT

From Matthew to the apostle John, all the prophets and apostles who penned the words of the
books of the New Testament wrote not "the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God"
(1 Thessalonians 2:13).

As Paul recorded, "Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of
God; that we might freely know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also
we speak not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth;
..." (1 Corinthians 2:12,13).

The Holy Ghost gave the words these apostles and prophets wrote at the direction of God. It is
not the wisdom of man, but the wisdom of God which directed the composition of the books
which we know as the New Testament.

Jesus had promised: "But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the rather will send
in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance,
whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26).

"But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of
truth, which pro-ceedeth from the rather, he shall testify of me: and ye also shall bear witness,
because ye have been with me from the beginning" (John 15:26,27).

"Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not
speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he willshew you
things to come" ( John 16:13).

"But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in
their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a
testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak." (Matthew
1O:17-2O).

"But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye hsall
speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak
ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." (Mark  13:11).

"And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no
thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy Ghost shall teach
you in the same hour what ye ought to say." (Luke 12:11,12).

"But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to
the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before
what ye shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to gainsay nor resist." (Luke 21:12-15).

"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, tht he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (John 14:15-17).

"And, being assembled together with them, (Jesus) commanded them that they should not
depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard
of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence.... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:4,5,8).

"For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than
these necessary things." (Acts 15:28).

"For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to
make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the Spirit of God; so tha from Jerusalem, and round about unto lllyricum, I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ." (Romans 15:18,19).

"Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world
began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the
commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:
to God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen." (Romans 16:25-27).

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you win weakness, and in fear, and in
much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith might not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God.”

“Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor
of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a
mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which
none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the
Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, niether have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of manshew you things to
come" (John 16:13).

"But betware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, and they will scourge you in
their synagogues; and ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a
testimony against them and the Gentiles. But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or
what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak." (Matthew
1O:17-2O).

"But when they shall lead you, and deliver you up, take no thought beforehand what ye hsall
speak, neither do ye premeditate: but whatsoever shall be given you in that hour, that speak
ye: for it is not ye that speak, but the Holy Ghost." (Mark 13:11).

"And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no
thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: for the Holy Ghost shall teach
you in the same hour what ye ought to say." (Luke 12:11,12).

"But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to
the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.
And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before
what ye shall answer: for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to gainsay nor resist." (Luke 21:12-15).

"If ye love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you
another Comforter, tht he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world
cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he
dwelleth with you, and shall be in you." (John 14:15-17).

"And, being assembled together with them, (Jesus) commanded them that they should not
depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard
of me. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not
many days hence.... But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you:
and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and
unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:4,5 and 8).

"For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than
these necessary things." (Acts 15:28).

"For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to
make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed, through mighty signs and wonders, by the
power of the Spirit of God; so tha from Jerusalem, and round about unto lllyricum, I have fully
preached the gospel of Christ." (Romans 15:18,19).

"Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of
Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world
began, but now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the
commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: to
God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen." (Romans 16:25-27).

"And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom,
declaring unto you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know any thing among you,
save Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you win weakness, and in fear, and in
much trembling. And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's
wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: that your faith might not stand in the
wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

"Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor
of the princes of this world, that come to nought: but we speak the wisdom of God in a
mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: which
none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the
Lord of glory. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, niether have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath
revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of
God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of manwhich is in him? even
so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. now we have received, not the
spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely
given to us of God. Which things we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth,
but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural
man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can
he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all
things, yet he himself is judged of no man. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he
may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ." (1 Corinthians 2:1-16).

"If any man think himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I
write unto you are the commandments of the Lord." (1 Corinthians 14:37).

"But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. For /
neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ."
(Galatians 1:11-12).

"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles, if ye have heard of the
dispensation of the grace of God which is gien me to youward: how that by revelation he made
known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, whereby, when ye read, ye may
understand my knowledge in themystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known
unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;
that the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in
Christ by the gospel: whereof I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God
given unto me by the effectual working of his power." (Ephesians 3:1-7).

"Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of
the grace that should come unto you: searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of
Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and
the glory that should follow. Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us
they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the
gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire
to look into." (1 Peter 1:1O-12).

"Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like
precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Savior Jesus Christ: grace
and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
according as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and
godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: whereby are
given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of
the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that in the world through lust." (2 Peter 1:1-4).

"And account that the longsuffering of our LOrd is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul
also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles,
speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they
that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own
destruction." (2 Peter 3:15,16).

The promises of Jesus were fulfilled in the apostles, and those whom they laid their hands
upon. The inspiration of the disciples of Jesus was not a continuous promise; but, found its
fulfillment and end with those of the first century. Inspiration was necessary until the revelation
of the complete will of God in the new covenant. However, with the completion of "the perfect
law of liberty" (James 1:25) the gift of inspiration (along with the other miraculous gifts of the
Holy Spirit) ceased. "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is
perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away" (1 Corinthians 13:10,11). The
twenty-seven books of the New Testament close the canon of Scripture, being the only works
that are given by the inspiration of God (along with the thirty-nine books of the Old Testament).

These books comprise "the faith once for all delivered unto the saints" (Jude 3 [ASV}).

The New Testament claims to be and is the Word of God from first to last.

THE WORDS OF INSPIRATION

The inspiration of the Bible is an inspiration of words. Time and time again in the quotations
above, it is the words of God that are synonomous with the Bible, or the Scriptures. Moses
and the prophets of the Old Testament were guided by the Spirit of God to select the proper
words. The apostles and prophets of the new Testament were guided by the Holy Spirit to
select the proper words, not the words of man's wisdom, but the words of the Holy Spirit.
Thoughts are conveyed by words. Words are signs and symbols to relay the ideas which
reside within our mind and soul. The selection of the proper words is necessary to reproduce
that same thought, idea or feeling within the mind and heart of another. Precise expression
creates precise understanding.

Communication is the process of transferring the thoughts and feelings within the mind, heart
and soul of one individual into the mind, heart and soul of another individual. The process will
allow the second individual to fully understand the thought, idea or feeling in the same
manner that it is understood by the first. Thus, men reveal their inner self to others.

This is the same process which God utilizes to reveal himself to man. By words, either upon
the printed page, or spoken, is how God revealed his message unto the people by Moses, the
apostles, and the prophets of both the Old and new Testaments. God gave the words to the
prophets and apostles. He guided them by his Spirit so that the precise word to communicate
his thoughts, ideas and feelings would be used.

The inspiration of the prophets and apostles was supernatural; but, the revelation of that
message to others was, and is, natural. The words of the message are heard and
understood. But, as with any message, the willingness of the listener to listen pays a major
role in how well the message is understood. Any message which a person refuses to hear
(no matter how precisely or properly stated) will not be understood. Any parent who has
instructed their child to do particularly unpleasant tasks can understand this; as can any child
who has been instructed by their parents. Messages can be shut off.

However, the Bible was written by the inspiration of God, that reading its words, the message
of God might be understood.

The idea that God revealed himself in the Bible by a means other than a word-for-word
guidance of the prophets and apostles (verbal plenary inspiration is the fancy term) does not
make sense. The subject of man's salvation, which is the ultimate message of the Bible, is
far too important to leave to the wisdom of man to express. Only the wisdom of God could
adequately describe and choose the proper words to convey the grace and mercy God wishes
to bestow upon all of mankind.

The folly of allowing man to express that message himself without guidance from the Holy
Spirit is seen in a game called "Telephone." The message that begins at one point in the
circle, is not the same message by the time it completes the circuit around the room. Only the
guidance of the Holy Spirit would allow the message to come from God to man, so that it is an
inspired revelation of God. The message and its consequences is too important to leave to
human devices.
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