The Inspiration Of Scripture

In 2021, I am discussing our 16 foundational beliefs, attempting to illuminate why we believe what we believe. 

Foundation belief #1: “The Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are verbally inspired of God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct.” 

The phrase “verbally inspired” comes directly from the apostle Paul who said, “all Scripture is God-breathed.” The Greek word theopneustos that he uses literally means “breathed out by God” (see 2 Timothy 3:16-17; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 1:20-21).  

In our culture today, it seems as if science is opposed to Scripture, but let me attempt to clarify this point. Science can answer the what/how questions (like how did the universe come into existence) but it cannot answer the why questions (like why did the universe come into existence). 

On the other hand, the Scripture can tell us not only what exists but also why it exists. That means Scripture can also tell us how to live our daily lives. 

Consider a scientific philosophy of life versus a Scriptural philosophy of life. 

Philosophy ponders beginnings and endings, and from those, it then proposes how to live today. Science says we are here by lucky coincidence, and that our life after death is unknowable. A scientific philosophy must therefore conclude that we should live today looking out for #1: survival of the fittest, do what’s best for me, pragmatically, unconcerned about the consequences. 

Scripture says God created our universe—and each individual human—on purpose, and that our life after death is not only knowable but can be determined based on the choices we make. A Scriptural-based philosophy must therefore conclude that we can know how to live our lives today to receive entrance to Heaven afterward. 

There is also other apologetic evidence that I believe makes it reasonable to believe the Bible is truly the inspired Word of God. Things like the accuracy of biblical texts over thousands of years, extra-biblical corroboration, fulfilled prophecy, the discoveries of archeologists, and so forth. You can check out some of these pieces of evidence by clicking here and here. 

But I think the best proof of the life-changing power of the Word of God is a life changed by the God of the Word. The one with an experience is never at the mercy of the one with an argument. I love being able to tell people how my personal relationship with the God of the Bible has made all the difference! 

Check out the video of this full message, and be sure to check out all of the messages in this Foundation Stones series by clicking here.

19 Responses to “The Inspiration Of Scripture”

  1. Foundation Stones | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] The Inspiration of Scripture […]


  2. Craig T. Owens Says:

    Some additional archeological evidence for the historicity of Scripture >>


  3. Thursdays With Spurgeon—God’s Word Prevails | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] One of the ways He has revealed Himself to us is through His infallible word—the Bible. On those pages, every philosophy that seeks to deify man is exposed. On those pages are lovingly and powerfully portrayed for us the one and only path to eternal joy.  […]


  4. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Value The Scripture | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] with them and to search into their meaning and intent. … Do not, I beseech you, neglect to read what the Holy Spirit has taken care to write to you. … […]


  5. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Stop Arguing | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] that makes it reasonable to believe that the Bible is God’s inspired Word (check out my posts here, here, here, and here). And yet there are still people who stubbornly want to argue that the Bible […]


  6. Thursdays With Oswald—The Word Of God | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] Do I just know the Word of God, or do I know the God of the Word? If I read and study the Bible just to gain knowledge, I will become a very religious person. But if I read the Bible to know Christ more, I will enter into a deeper relationship with Him. […]


  7. Rules Of Evidence | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] present some evidence for the inspiration and validty of the Bible in these two posts: The inspiration of Scripture and Can we really know if the Bible is God’s […]


  8. Thursdays With Oswald—The Realness Of The Holy Spirit | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] about this: The same Holy Spirit who inspired the writing of the Scriptures, is the same Holy Spirit Who will il…. How the devil does rob Christians who are not thinking on Pentecostal […]


  9. Revelation Or Speculation | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] whether you are looking for an answer yourself—or you are asking someone for an answer—make sure you are getting revelation from God’s Word, and not the speculation of man’s […]


  10. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Your Daily Companion | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] on his harp. … By the Holy Spirit the words of Scripture come to us with a present inspiration—not only has the Book been inspired, it is inspired. This Book is more than paper and ink, it talks with us. Was not that the promise, ‘When you […]


  11. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Top Priority | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] Every single word of Scripture is inspired by the Holy Spirit. And I do mean every single word. Even the order in which the words are listed is inspired. So when you read your Bible, ask the Holy Spirit—the Author of the text—to illuminate the words to you. Ask questions like: […]


  12. Medical Science And The Bible | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] The Bible is God’s inspired Word to humankind, which means it is never out of date. The principles God has shared with us stand the test of time and are continually verified by the brightest scientific minds.  […]


  13. Thursdays With Spurgeon—Accepting It For What It Is | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] too, accept the inspiration of the Scriptures as a fact. Every single word is perfectly inspired by the Holy Spirit. Even the order in which the […]


  14. Thursdays With Spurgeon—This Bible Is God’s Bible | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […]   Here lies my Bible—who wrote it? I open it, and I find it consists of a series of tracts. The first five tracts were written by a […]


  15. Well-Worn Paths | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] verse: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52). Every word of Scripture is inspired, right down to the order the words are penned. So when Luke says first that “Jesus grew in […]


  16. The Timeliest Of Words | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] every Christian. We face challenges every day. The Holy Spirit can give us the timeliest of words. The Word of God is the inspired message for us. It is just as relevant and applicable today as it was the day the words were penned. The same Holy […]


  17. Whose Words Have Weight? | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] we are asked questions about the Bible, let’s let the Bible do most of the talking. Let’s be careful that our attitude is not one of trying to “help” the Holy Spirit, but […]


  18. Should Christians Debate? | Craig T. Owens Says:

    […] other person, not wanting to win an argument. The only true win comes when both parties arrive at the truth given to us in Scripture. This is true reasoning […]


Tell me what you think about this...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: