“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said let there be light and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light day and the darkness he called night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” Genesis 1:1-5
LIGHT FOR THE NOW: God inspired the act of writing the scriptures but God did not write the scriptures.
In our previous study on this subject, we established that the bible is God’s word communicated with man’s words or the bible is God’s thoughts communicated in or with man’s language. In other words, the language of the scriptures is the language of man; however, inspired by God. That is, bible language is actually God’s thought communicated in human language. Let’s begin to put clarity to this fact established in previous days up till today by observing Paul’s words to a protégé of his by the name Timothy (a fellow minister of the gospel) in 2Timothy 3:15-16, it reads “And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scriptures is given by the inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness”. To arrive at a full understanding of this text which will unbundle the fact established in previous days, keywords that make up this text need to be examined in the original language in which it was used.
To start with the English word “known” (used in verse 15) when translated from its original language (that is, its Greek word) implies an acquaintance; that is, to be acquainted with to perceive; to appreciate. In other words, Paul was telling Timothy that he has been acquainted with the Holy Scriptures or he has appreciated the Holy Scriptures. Notice, in verse 15, Paul uses the term “Holy Scriptures” which was translated from the Greek word “heiros graphe”. The word “heiros” is a synonym of the word “hagios” which implies what is holy, sacred, set apart or consecrated. The word “graphe” means writing; what is written or documented. That word “scripture” (graphe) is not a heavenly language, it is actually a human word; it is a word used for what is written or documented. It deals with words, letters, statements, phrases, the writing itself. However, Paul uses the word “heiros” with the word “graphe” to separate the bible from what was written as at that time (hence why the word “heiros” is a word used for a selected location or a selected area). Thus, the bible is a “graphe” (a writing; scripture) just like we have other “graphe” (that is, other writings; scripture), but however what differentiates the bible from other writings is the word “heiros” or “hagios” in that it is separated from other writings because of the inspiration behind it. This will unfold better in our next study. Hallelujah!!!
INSTRUCTION: Knowledge is key, go for it.
PRAYER: I receive the zeal and passion to go for knowledge like never before, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The language of the bible is the language of man but inspired by God.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2PETER CHAPTER 1; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2