“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side. Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.” – Isaiah 60:1-5
LIGHT FOR NOW: The bible in our hands is 100% God and 100% man.
Having examined the key words used in verse 15 of 2Timothy 3, we proceeded to observe verse 16 closely. Recall the word “graphe” (where we have “All scriptures” in verse 16) deals with words, letters, statements, phrases, the writing itself. Let’s proceed to a very key phrase which is “given by inspiration of God”. The phrase “given by inspiration of God” was translated from the Greek word “theopneustos”. It’s a combination of two words:
- “Theo” – used for God
- “Pneustos” – meaning to inspire something or to breathe into something. It is used to prompt an action or to make another do something.
In other words, the implication of the word “Theopneustos” is that God did not write the scriptures, rather he inspired the act of writing; he inspired the act of documentation. What does this tell us? This explains the fact that the scriptures were written by men and such should be interpreted as literature. Interpretation of bible texts therefore requires scrutiny of important details such as grammatical constructions, contextual analysis, historical occurrences, scriptural applications and many others which we in the course of this study have brought to light. What we call God’s word was written or documented in man’s language or human language. The bible is God’s word and thoughts clothed in man’s vocabulary. If the bible therefore is God’s word communicated in man’s word or language, how then do you aim to interpret God’s word without understanding language structures, grammatical construction, etc? The bible therefore is 100% God and 100% man. Hallelujah!
INSTRUCTION: Keep following the study.
PRAYER: I receive understanding, in Jesus Name, Amen.
QUOTE: The vocabulary of God in the bible is the vocabulary of man.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 2; EVENING: 2TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3