By Keith Sharp
Paul the Apostle declared, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2 Timothy 3:16). What is the meaning of this bold declaration? The word “scripture” means a “writing, thing written.” It is used fifty-one times in the New Testament and always refers to the writings, which make up the Bible. The Apostle affirms, therefore, that all of the Bible, every word of it, is given by inspiration of God. The term “inspiration ” means, “God-breathed. ” So Paul here declares that all of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is “God-breathed.” This is the same as saying it is the word of God (cf. Psalm 33:6). Who wrote the Bible? Around forty men were the penmen who transcribed the various books, which make up the Scriptures. But the ultimate author of the entire collection is God Himself. God wrote the Bible.
TRUTH MAGAZINE XVII: 48, pp. 5-9
October 11, 1973