The Inspiration of the Scriptures
Biblical Inspiration can be defined as: “God’s superintendence of the human authors so that, by using their own Individual personalities, they composed and recorded without error His revelation to man In the words of the original autographs.”This detailed definition can be broken down Into three smaller components.
God chose to superintend the writers. By superintending the writers, He was able to carefully control what was being written without having to dictate. So the end product still turned out precisely the way He wanted It to (2 Tim. 3:16-17; 2 Pet. 12:21).
The entire Bible would sound the same If God dictated It word-for-word. But the style of writing varies from author to author. Because of God’s superintendence and His control over these writers, He was able to allow them to use their own Individual style of writing, and still produced word-for-word exactly what He wanted them to produce.
Inerrancy means: that when these original writings were composed, they were without error. For example: when Moses finished writing his five books. they were totally Inspired by God, and there was no error In any one of them. It should be remembered that the Inspiration of the Scriptures concerns only the original autographs. Copies and translations of the original writings are not Inspired nor necessarily without error. Fortunately, the errors are never that significant, and It Is possible to clearly know what the original writings were trying to say.