Inspiration and the Bible
August 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This month’s TLO Disciple is focused on Inspiration and the Bible. 

God’s truth about Jesus Christ has been made known through the Bible. The Bible is the writings of God’s chosen prophets and apostles who wrote over a period of over a thousand years. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, these writers used their own thoughts and experiences to write what God had revealed to them. The Bible is inerrant, containing no mistakes. The Bible is infallible, that is, incapable of error.

The Word of God is reliable and effective to bring a person to repentance and faith in the Gospel. The Bible is the one source for truth of who God is and what He has done for us in Christ Jesus. I pray that you find joy in reading the Bible for in the Holy Scriptures you have everything you need to know for faith and for life.

Pastor James Kroonblawd
"All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work." 2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Inspiration of Scripture
We believe, teach and confess that all Scripture is given by the inspiration of God the Holy Spirit and that God is therefore the true Author of every word of Scripture. We acknowledge that there is a qualitative difference between the inspired witness of Holy Scripture in all its parts and words and the witness of every other form of human expression, making the Bible a unique book.

We therefore reject the following views:

1. That the Holy Scriptures are inspired only in the sense that all Christians are “inspired” to con­fess the lordship of Jesus Christ.

2. That the Holy Spirit did not inspire the actual words of the Biblical authors but merely provid­ed these men with special guidance.

3. That only those matters in Holy Scripture were inspired by the Holy Spirit which directly per­tain to Jesus Christ and man’s salvation.

4. That noncanonical writings in the Christian tradition can be regarded as “inspired” in the same sense as Holy Scripture.

5. That portions of the New Testament witness to Jesus Christ contain imaginative additions, which had their origin in the early Christian community and do not present actual facts.

Revelation and Inspiration
By Jeffrey Kloha

Why did some and not other writings enter the canon of what became the New Testament? 

Doctrine of Inspiration

To say that the Bible is the work of the Holy Spirit as Author does not imply suspension or extinction of the personality or individuality of the writers. God's Spirit used each writer with his endowments and his background of grammar, style, knowledge of nature and hist.

How does Jesus view the Bible?
By Rev. Matthew Harrison

With culture in full transformation about us, the sexual revolution long behind us, how do we maintain our Christian bearings? This question is acute, particularly for young people on college campuses where “diversity” is celebrated—usually as long as this does not include acceptance of historic Christianity.

For Jesus, the words of the Bible are true assertions, readily applicable to life. Jesus says the whole Bible points to Him. “They . . . bear witness about me” (John 5:39)!

Let’s be who we are
by Matthew C. Harrison

The first step in being better than you are is to be who you are.

The LCMS is a large and complex organization, but congregations are the fundamental and divinely mandated building block of the Synod. The Church is Christians gathered about the rightly preached Word of God and properly administered sacraments. 
  • Let’s be who we are. “All scripture is God-breathed” (2 Tim. 3:16).
  • Let’s be who we are. “By grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves. It is a gift of God” (Eph. 2:8).
  • Let’s be who we are. “Baptism now saves you!” (1 Peter 3:21).
  • Let’s be who we are. “If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them” (John 20:22).
  • Let’s be who we are. “Drink of it all of you; this cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you for the forgiveness of sins”(Matt. 26:27).
  • Let’s be who we are, “rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). We are the Lutheran Church, the church of Law and Gospel. We are the LCMS, whose first president wrote the greatest book ever on Law and Gospel!

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Why the Bible?

Why the Bible -- Christians believe that the Bible is God Himself speaking to us, but what makes it stand out as authoritative, reliable and worthy of our attention? In this compelling God Connects video, Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz explains by the Bible is so important to all conversation about God.

"Lord, give me understanding that I may learn your commandments."  Psalm 119:73

"A simple layman armed with Scripture is greater than the mightiest pope without it." —Martin Luther
All those translations!
by Dr. Jeffrey A. Gibbs

The question is raised by all kinds of people: seminary students, devout church members, confirmation students, and perhaps every single Christian at one time or another. And the question is, “What is the best translation of the Bible?”

We have, after all, the KJV, NKJV, RSV, NRSV, NIV, NIVI, JB, NJB, NCV, NAB, NEB, REV, GNB, CEV, ASB, NASB, GWN, LB, NLT, and more! A person could spend all of his or her time just finding out how many translations there are, and none of the time actually reading the Scriptures.
I want to talk about Bible translations, and in doing so, I want to avoid two mistakes while accomplishing two goals.

The first mistake would be to be overly critical of any of the major, established English Bible translations, thereby causing  unnecessary concern or doubt in the minds of Christians. All of the major English versions (such as New King James, Revised Standard, New American Standard, and New International) offer fine scholarship and good translations. 

The Inspiration of Scripture
CTCR document

When holy men were speaking about the mysteries of God's being, of His eternal purposes, and of His actions in human history, then both revelation and inspiration were involved. 2 Peter I :20-21 teaches that no prophecy in the Scriptures about the power and coming of God's Son into human history is a matter of some human being's private interpretation of what God was doing, but holy men spoke from God as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. (p. 5)

Nothing in the Holy Scriptures indicates that when God chose human beings to be His instruments through whom He spoke and wrote His Word to men, He used them in such a way that they were deprived of their individuality and identity. The Holy Spirit took men as they had been shaped by all their circumstances, cultural influences, educational opportunities, and natural capacities and placed them into His service to speak "from God." (2 Peter 1 :21) When inspiring the Scriptures, the Holy Spirit. (p. 8)

"See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, not according to Christ."  Colossians 2:8
Museum of the Bible — Washington, D.C.
Making its grand opening to the public in November 2017, Museum of the Bible’s  430,000-square-foot  building is located just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Museum of the Bible aims to be among the  most technologically advanced  and engaging museums in the world. Showcasing rare and fascinating artifacts spanning 3,500 years of history, the museum offers visitors an immersive and personalized experience with the Bible, and its ongoing impact on the world around us.

D-Day Pocket Bibles

In the hours before the Allied invasion of Normandy on June 6, 1944—D-Day—troops were preparing to land on a 50-mile stretch of French coastline. Click for video about these small but powerful Bibles.
  “Nothing helps more powerfully against the devil, the world, the flesh, and all evil thoughts than occupying oneself with God’s Word, having conversations about it, and contemplating it." — Large Catechism, Martin Luther
The Bible
The Bible is the inspired, infallible Word of God. It is an eyewitness account of history and is accurate in everything it says. It is the authority for Christian life and practice and is a foundation on which believers must build their thinking.
How Shall We Regard the Bible?
by Matthew C. Harrison

How shall Christians regard and understand the Bible? The common narratives of Western culture are evaporating, especially knowledge of the Bible. Someone told me recently she was ordering a cake and wanted it decorated with a depiction of Noah’s Ark. The clerk had no idea what she was talking about.

Christians may still have some modicum of familiarity with the Bible, but today, we ought be very clear about what the Bible is and what it teaches so we are not swept away by the cesspool of biblical ignorance (i.e., pop culture, pop religion, pop psychology).

If you would like to know more about the Bible, have questions about any book of the Bible or want to know more about Jesus, contact us ! We'd be glad to visit with you about it!
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