Aug 28, 2011

The Inspiration of Scripture

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching the truth, rebuking error, correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living,” (2 Timothy 3:16)
The “Scripture” being referred to would be the books of the Old Testament. The passage probably does not refer to the Old Testament as a completed collection (a “canon”), since the canonization of the Old Testament was not yet firm for Christians by the end of the first century C.E., although it might well have been for Jews. Nevertheless, the passage shows that an authoritative scriptural tradition was well underway by the time that 2 Timothy was written. The false teachers of the era may not have regarded the Old Testament books as authoritative. “Inspiration” here means, that texts can be inspirational for people to change their ways:
“so that the person who serves God may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.” (verse 17)
(via Enter the Bible)

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