Important Biblical Words – #88

Our 88th Word is Inspired

The religious meaning of inspired is breathed out by God.

“All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness.” (2 Timothy 3:16)

It’s fun to browse in bookstores and read the blurbs publishers use to promote their latest books. Loo over there is a novel that’s “Remarkable…a dazzling tour de force!” it’s next to “A gritty page turner that crackles with tension!” just below a bestseller hailed as “A towering achievement…an astonishing work…a modern day masterpiece.”

What about the Bible?

How does it describe itself?


Most scholars agree that 2 Timothy is the last letter the apostle Paul ever wrote. It’s definitely his most personal correspondence: a wise old saint realizing he’s at the end of the road, sharing a few final thoughts and encouragements with a beloved young protege.

We would expect a man of God to focus on the word of God, and Paul does not disappoint. He states that even though he is locked up, “God’s word is not chained”. Paul then urges his partner in the gospel to be a worker “who correctly handles the word of truth” and, in closing, charges him to ‘Preach the word”.

Why such an emphasis on Scripture, Paul? Because it is “inspired by God.” The Greek word Paul used here means “God breathed.” In other words, get this, God supernaturally superintended the various human authors of the biblical writings so that they wrote down precisely what He wanted to communicate to the world.

Understand that “inspiration” isn’t the same thing as “inspiring” lots of books are that. Inspired means that the biblical writings came to us from God (via Spirit-filled, Spirit-guided prophets, kings, priests, and apostles). And even though we no longer have those original documents, we have thousands of ancient manuscript copies. Thanks to the science of textual criticism, we can have complete confidence that the Bibles we read today are trustworthy. They reveal what God is like, and they show us what it looks like to trust and serve him.

Here’s a challenge for you: Commit to read the entire Bible, Genesis to Revelation, over the next year. it’s not as tough as you think.

Just think, a year from today, you could be able to say you’ve read every God breathed word in both the Old and New Testaments. Talk about being inspired!

Question to Ponder

  1. What does it mean when Paul says, “All Scripture is inspired?”




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