All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
2 Timothy 3:16, NASB
One of my personal enjoyments in my downtime is reading. I enjoy reading the “old” books of authors who have proven ministries, doctrine, lives—and usually are also dead. Occasionally, I will also read a current more modern author. Yesterday, I was reading a new top selling book by a well-known Christian author (who will remain nameless). I was enjoying some of his ideas and concepts, until the path changed ever so slightly onto the topic of the inspiration of Scripture.
It amazes me how prevalent this concept of treating Scripture as a good book with good authors has become. Scripture is more than another good book with good authors—it is the inspired Word of God. Luke—I’m sure—was a great guy with excellent skills, but he could never have written Scripture that would convict, redeem, and transform lives without the inspiration and leadership of the Holy Spirit.
During the Protestant Reformation, the reformers set forth Five Solas, or articulated five fundamental beliefs of the Protestant Reformation. The word “Sola,” means “alone.” In other words, these five statements would stand alone and be guiding posts or moorings for our faith.
The first of these “Solas” is “Sola Scriptura,” “Only Scripture.” This is the teaching that the Bible is the only inspired and authoritative word of God, is the only source of Christian doctrine, and is accessible to all. The reformers also taught that Scripture interprets Scripture: the Bible requires no interpretation outside of itself.
The Greek word used for “inspired” is a compound word meaning God-breathed or God-blown. It illustrates the involvement of the “breath” of God—the Holy Spirit in the work of Scripture. God breathed the Words of Life into these faithful men. Their writings express uniqueness to each author; however, the truths and power of each Word originates solely with God alone.
May we treasure this God-breathed Word, and never replace our mooring of Scripture Alone with false realities. Scripture is more than good men and good authors. Additionally, it is beneficial to study Scripture. Discover the intricacies of how one verse is connected to others. Enjoy the original languages and discover the very depth of what God is saying. Launch out into reading various proven translations and commentaries. As you do, you will discover the reality of Christ in every word and every punctuation mark.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:1-2; 14)