Inspiration

The Word of God describes itself as many things in the Bible. Jesus is the Word (John 1), the Word is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword. It is also forever.

In my quiet time the other morning, I was reading this:

II Timothy 3:16
16 xAll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and yisprofitable for ydoctrine, for zreproof, for acorrection, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That bthe man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished cunto all dgood works.

The part that I was meditating on was that "All scripture is given by inspiration of God". ALL scripture is given by INSPIRATION of God. So even the "boring" parts, geneologies and the like are what the greek word defines as "God-Breathed". The actual word is theopneustos. Usually when I use the word inspired, I am referring to something influencing something else. Like...she inspires me to lose weight, or that poem is an inspiration to me. However, in this case, the nurse in me causes me to explore the word inspire in a medical sense.

When one inspires, they take in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide. It is this gas exchange that we can breathing. No breathing, no life. Somebody should start CPR because soon following, the heart stops beating and the person is truly dead. Likewise, the Word of God came about through the people who got to know God. One must come to God to get His Word. If you are not in Christ it is no wonder the Word of His Father is not understood by you! In the beginning when man was created, He breathed into Adam the breath of life. That is what draws us back to him - how we know that there is someone greater than we are. When we come to Him we will find His Word. It is how He has spoken to us. The Word is revealed by Christ Jesus Himself.

People would speculate that the Bible is too old to be relevant. I strongly disagree. If the Word of God proceeds from His inspiration and so we must come to Him to receive it, one thing that the Word says about itself is that it does not return void. God's inspiration has NO EXPIRATION! It will never be too old, irrelevant, outdated or relinquished. With all the versions of the Bible, some fear that the Word of God is being watered down. Really? I don't think so. The Bible says that whoever adds to it or takes from it will have punishment but it will NEVER be diluted and made ineffective. God is eternal. His Word is eternal. When we use God's Word, we speak the words of eternal life. That is why there is power in the tongues of those who pray it, speak it and claim it. Even the devil knows this. Many unbelievers have used the principles of the Bible and it works! Why? It is the sword of the Spirit. You have no greater offense against the things of this world. When you operate in the realm of biblical spirituality you get results. Every time. 





God did not mean for the Bible to be used as a gimmick for personal gain but as a way to communicate His will to all of us. He has something to say to each of us every day. God still speaks. Are we listening?

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