God’s Word

2 Tim 3:16
All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;

2 Pet 1:21
for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.

2 Sam 23:2
The Spirit of the LORD spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.

Act 1:16
Brethren, the Scripture had to be fulfilled, which the Holy Spirit foretold by the mouth of David concerning Judas, who became a guide to those who arrested Jesus.

Act 3:18
But the things which God announced beforehand by the mouth of all the prophets, that His Christ would suffer, He has thus fulfilled.

Act 28:25
And when they did not agree with one another, they began leaving after Paul had spoken one parting word, “The Holy Spirit rightly spoke through Isaiah the prophet to your fathers,

These and other passages in the Bible make it very clear that the prophets, and indeed ALL of Scripture, is God’s Message, not just a “God approved” message from men. Today we see a movie or read a fictional book that is “inspired by a true story.” Someone gets an idea, or is “inspired” by something or someone, and develops the idea into something bigger. That is not the case with Scripture. God did not just ignite the spark of an idea and men ran with it, He provided the entire Message.

What I’m not so sure about, is whether God chose the specific words and sentence structure in the original language (divinely written–all the writer did was move the pen), or whether He gave the writer the liberty to choose how to phrase it (divinely inspired–the writer put God’s Message in his own words).

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