THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN INSPIRITATION

Pastor Floyd Koenig

INTRODUCTION

The Person of the Holy Spirit is associated with much false teaching by the various prophets and tongues speakers of the Charismatic movement. Multitudes claim new revelations and special gifts of wisdom and knowledge.

In opposition to all this, we have, "a more sure word of prophecy" (II Pet. 1:19-21) which is the Bible. The Holy Spirit has given us so complete a revelation in the Scriptures that His work is now that of "illumination" rather than "inspiration."

Those who claim to receive new revelation today are false teachers, because God has completed His revelation to man in the sixty-six books of the Bible. He closes the Bible with a warning to anyone who would add to or take away from His finished revelation (Rev. 22:18-19).

The Bible stands as a beacon of truth to the whole world. It seems as a "dead letter" to those who have never prayed over its contents, but hunger for the excitement of something new. The Bible, as the greatest work of the Spirit in revelation, is in every way superior to:

A. Tradition - Matthew 15:1-9.

B. Science - I Timothy 6:20.

- Even true science, which deals in fact, can never delve into the areas made plain

in the Scripture.

C. Fables - II Timothy 4:4.

- The Book of Mormon gives us an example of modern fables.

D. The occult - Isaiah 8:19-20.

E. Sign workers - Deuteronomy 13:1-3.

- While signs were used to confirm Godís Word, yet lying signs and wonders are also permitted to deceive those who do not love the truth (Heb. 2:3-4).

F. False prophets.

G. Opinion - Proverbs 14:12.

The work of Godís Spirit in inspiration may be summed up by stating that "we believe in the verbal, plenary inspiration of the Holy Scriptures."

The remainder of this study will be spent in examining this statement.

I. INSPIRATION

A. THE BIBLE IS AN INSPIRED BOOK (II Tim. 3:16).

1. The word "inspiration" means "God breathed."

2. Holy men were inspired by God to write the Bible (II Pet. 1:21).

3. Men of God were moved by the Spirit as the wind moves a boat.

4. Whether the various portions of Godís Word were given by dictation (Ex. 20:1), vision (Revelation 1:11), or inner guidance (Lk. 1:1-3), yet it is clear that all must be viewed as Godís Word (Heb. 4:12).

B. INSPIRATION INSURES THAT EVERY WORD OF THE BIBLE REPRESENTS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT.

1. Inspiration must never be understood as a mere sharpening of the human intellect.

2. The Spirit of God moved holy men like David, Jeremiah and others to speak (II Sam. 23:1-3; Jer. 1:4-9).

3. Some of the prophets had to study their own writings to gain understanding of what they had written (I Pet. 1:10-12).

4. The emphasis of the word "inspiration" is that the Scriptures came from God.

5. Many talk of "inspired men" but it is the Bible and not human authors which was inspired.

II. VERBAL INSPIRATION A. TO BE VERBALLY INSPIRED MEANS THAT THE VERY WORDS OF SCRIPTURE ARE INSPIRED.

1. To teach that the Bible writers were merely assisted by God or that their doctrines alone were inspired is to fall short of the Bible doctrine of inspiration.

B. THE PROOFS OF VERBAL INSPIRATION ARE MANY.

1. We are told that the Holy Spirit teaches "words" (I Cor. 2:13).

2. Our Lord taught that every jot and tittle of Scripture was certain (Mt. 5:18).

3. David taught that the Lordís "words" were pure and would be preserved (Ps. 12:6-7).

4. Others testified that the inspiration they received was verbal (Jer. 1:9; II Sam. 23:2).

5. Paul was so convinced that every word of Scripture was inspired that he built doctrines on one letter of scripture (Gal. 3:16).

III. VERBAL PLENARY INSPIRATION A. THE WORD "PLENARY" MEANS FULL AND IMPLIES THAT ALL OF THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED.

1. The Bible does not contain Godís Word in places, but it is Godís Word in its entirety.

2. This is stated very plainly in II Tim. 3:16.

B. THE VERBAL PLENARY INSPIRATION OF GODíS WORD IS UPHELD BY OUR LORD AND HIS APOSTLES.

1. Christ used all the Old Testament in teaching (Lk. 24:27).

- He quoted books like Jonah or Daniel which are now attacked by critics.

2. The book of Psalms is spoken of as Godís Word (Acts 1:16; 4:24-25).

3. The Apostle Paul quotes both Moses and Luke as having equal authority(I Tim. 5:18).

a. He first quotes Moses (Deut. 25:4).

b. And then he quotes Luke (Lk. 10:7).

c. Moses, who led Israel out of Egypt and wrote the first five books of the Bible, was a great prophet.

d. Luke, on the other hand, was a younger man than Paul and was not even an apostle, yet Paul recognized both menís writings as of equal authority.

4. Peter viewed Paulís epistles as "Scripture"(II Pet. 3:15-16).

5. The early church knew nothing of "degrees of inspiration" or uninspired portions of the Bible.

- All was believed to be "God-breathed."

IV. INSPIRATION LIMITED A. IT IS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THAT ONLY SCRIPTURE IS INSPIRED.

1. To extend inspiration beyond the Bible is to actually undermine Godís Word as a complete revelation.

2. We are warned not to add to Godís Word (Rev. 22:18).

B. THOSE WHO CLAIM TO RECEIVE NEW REVELATIONS IN OUR DAY STAND IN OPPOSITION TO THE WORD OF GOD.

CONCLUSION

When a person understands that the Holy Spirit has completed His work in inspiration, and is now involved in opening hearts to understand the Scripture, he will be delivered from the error of seeking revelations from Godís Spirit apart from Scripture.
 
 

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