God’s Word

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. —2 Timothy 3:16-17

Let’s think today about Paul’s familiar words: All Scripture is breathed out by God. That is such a fantastic statement! All sixty-six books; thirty-nine in the Old Testament, twenty-seven in the New Testament. Every one of 1,189 chapters. All 41,173 verses and 3,566,480 letters—all Scripture is God-breathed.

Then notice the word is. Not was. Not will be. The placement in the sentence matters, too. Some have taken this text and changed the location of the word is: “All Scripture inspired by God is profitable,” but it’s not the same. “All Scripture inspired by God . . . but maybe some of the Scripture isn’t inspired by God.” No! Move the word is back where it goes. All Scripture is inspired by God. 

Here are some crucial words about inspiration. First, we believe in verbal inspiration. We believe that God chose the very words of Scripture. Without violating the personality of the author, God chose the words. When you read the Scriptures, it becomes very apparent that God workedthrough the people that were writing the Scriptures. 

Take Peter, for example. Now Peter’s language in the gospels was loose and free, impetuous and impulsive. The language of 1 and 2 Peter is just like that and all over the place. Compare that to the apostle Paul who was a Pharisee. In Romans, you’ll find Paul’s tight, logical arguments. Or take John, who was so loving and relational. When you read the Gospel of John or the epistles of John, they are filled with love and statements like “God is love.”

God was the source behind what they said. That concept means God-breathed. Or as Peter put it,“. . . but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21b).

Our second word is plenary inspiration, meaning God breathed the words into the men who recorded His word. The words were inspired and the writers were inspired.

We also hold to inerrant (without mistakes) inspiration—as originally given by God; 100% accurate in all that it asserts. The author is Truth. The author is the Creator of the Universe Who has written a message for you in this book.

The next time you decide how much time you want to spend in God’s Word, consider the Author.  All Scripture is God-breathed. —James MacDonald

Journal

·         In my own Bible reading, when have I sensed the breath of God as I listened to or read the words God had His men write?

·         How have those words affected me?

Prayer: Let me borrow some of the words You breathed into David, Lord, to speak back to You:  “How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. With my whole heart I seek You; let me not wander from Your commandments! I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against You” (Psalm 119:9-11). May these words always be true of me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God
Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of God 

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What if you believed—truly believed with all confidence that God is with you? How would today go for you if you knew without a doubt that God is in control? What would be different in your life if you were sure God is watching and good? What would you risk if you were certain God is victorious? 

Just how would believing God’s promises change your life?  

Ask the greatest Christian you’ll ever meet if they hold on to God’s promises and they’ll all say yes. Believing that God will do what He promises leads to a great life. The greatest Christian you’ll every meet knows, treasures, and is resting in the promises of God. They cling to these assurances that God gives His people so they can walk by faith while they wait for Him to work.

So what exactly does God promise?  In this topical study of what will always be true, Pastor James MacDonald will explore five great and precious promises that God keeps. Enter into this study with anticipation and faith that the God who makes these promises is faithful and true... always true.