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The Inspiration of the Holy Scriptures

(Tenet No. 8)

1. How did God first make Himself known to man?
God spoke, by speech He blessed man and gave him direction and authority. (Gen. 1:28-30)

2. When did God first move man to commit His word to writing?
When He committed His law to the Hebrews at the commencement of their separate existence as a nation, and told Moses; their leader, to put that law into writing (Ex. 34:27)

3. Why did God commit His law to the Hebrew nation?
That they, by virtue of this special revelation, might teach it to all men (Deut. 4:8, Rom. 11:11-12)

4. How many books are in the Bible?
In our English Bible there are 66 books in all, 33 in the Old Testament, and 27 in the new Testament.

5. What is the chief purpose of the Bible?
To reveal Jesus Christ as the Son of God and the Saviour of men (2nd Tim. 3:16)

6. What may be said to be the chief themes of the Old Testament?
The moral glory of God in His holiness, mercy, justice, goodness, and truth; the sinfulness of man, and the atonement by blood (Ex. 34:6,7, Lev.17:11).

7. Did God expect the Israelites to obey His law fully?
Yes, Obedience made them acceptable to God, and disobedience required atonement (Deut. 6:25, Rom. 10:5)

8. What may be said to be the chief theme of the New Testament?
”For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16)

9. Was the Teaching of the Old Testament set aside?
No, Jesus declared He had come not to destroy, but to fulfill the law of the prophets (Matt. 5:17-19)

10. Are we expected to keep the Old Testament Law in our day?
Paul writes: “Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone that believeth” and that the righteousness of the law is “fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Rom. 10:4, 8:4)

11. Has the New Testament the same authority as the Old Testament?
Yes, all scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness (2nd Tim. 3:16)

12. If Christ fulfilled the law, are we at liberty to disregard?
We are not under law as a manner of life, but under grace the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us by the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus (Rom. 3:28, 6:14, 8:4)

13. What does the New Testament say concerning the inspiration of the Scriptures?
”All scriptures are given by the inspiration of God”. Holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost”. (2nd Tim. 3:16, 2nd Pet. 1:21)

14. What do we mean by the Scripture is given by the inspiration of God?
That inspired individuals were so controlled by the Holy Spirit that what they wrote was the Word of God without human error. (2nd Pet. 1:21)

15. Does the Holy Scriptures help us in our daily life in this world?
Yes. “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” (Psalm 119:105)

16. Do the Scriptures encourage us to read them?
Yes. They counsel us to search and to hide them in our hearts. (John 5:39, Psa. 119:11)

17. Why did Paul commend Timothy’s knowledge of the Holy Scriptures?
Because they made him wise unto salvation, and were profitable for the perfecting of the saints. (2nd Tim. 3:15-17)

18. What conclusion do we come to regarding the value of the Holy Scriptures?
They reveal the only way to the true blessedness in this life and throughout eternity. (1st Pet. 3:9, Eph. 2:7)