Today we want to study the nature of the inspiration given to the writers of the Scriptures. What are we to expect when the Holy Spirit inspires Sacred text? How safe are we in relying on our Bibles for a revelation from God? In what sense is the Bible God's Word?
Everyone who is a member of Cedarview Community Church has signed his or her name on a statement of faith that says we are committed to the truth that the Bible is "...the inspired and infallible Word of God." And this boils down to a fundamental question. What is the nature of the inspiration of Scripture? Is it just inspired in its effect on our hearts? Or is it inspired in the nature of the text itself? Is the Bible inspired, even if no one reads it, or is it inspired only when it comes to life in our hearts? And if the text is inspired in itself, are the actual words of the original manuscripts divinely inspired, or is it just the general concepts and ideas of God's revelation that are divinely given?