Tag Archives: 2 Timothy 3:16
God the Holy Spirit “moved” His prophets and apostles not only in the thoughts but also in the detailed choice of the individual words of Scripture.
The Spirit carried along the writers in their speaking and writing so that the end product is God’s, and not man’s. Continue reading
The Bible in your hand is inspired, “given by inspiration of God.” The word theopneustos belongs to you when you read the Bible, to your pastor when he preaches it, and to all of us as we live it. “That Book in Your Hand” came from God, and it is and will continue to be a God-thing in character and quality, God-breathed, divine in nature. Living, life-giving, and life-changing, we read it, study it, believe it, and obey it. Continue reading
God breathed life into that Book, and thus it is and remains forever a living and life-giving Book. The divine qualities that He breathed into it live on even in that translation in your hand, just as they lived in Timothy’s Greek translation. It still lives and gives life today, just as it always has. Continue reading
Those who translated theopneustos for hundreds of years using the words “inspired” or “inspiration” weren’t just making stuff up. There was a very real basis in the connotations of the breath of God for the translational choice they made. Continue reading
Paul has a practical focus, and urgently exhorts Timothy to trust and use “That Book in His Hands”, the one that Timothy will use to preach, reprove, rebuke, and exhort. This is the point of theopneustos (“inspiration”), to strengthen Timothy’s faith that the Book he held, read, studied, obeyed, and preached was worthy of those activities. Any definition of theopneustos that doesn’t do that misses the mark. Continue reading
We can’t entirely trust the way a word was derived to tell us its meaning, but it probably (in this case) provides strong clues. Based on derivation, the Greek word theopneustos (“given by inspiration of God”) has a meaning related to “breathed by God.” It is indicating something about the divine origin of the Scriptures — they came from God. To find if there is more to its meaning than that as we look at II Timothy 3:16, we’ll have to look for other clues, which we’ll do in my next post.