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Fundamentals of the Faith # 1
The Inerrant Word of God.
2 Timothy 3:16-17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 
17 that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. 
16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 
17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. 
16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 

17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 

16 The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives; it straightens us out and helps us do what is right. 
17 It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point, fully equipped to do good to everyone. TLB


1.    Revelation . . And the Inerrant Word. v 16 a

"All Scripture is inspired by God . . . "

A.    An . . Inspired Revelation. v 16 a

        1.    Note the words of Jesus. RYRIE Study Bible
                a.    Christ attested to the fact that inspiration extends to the very words. . . . Matt 5:17-18 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass away from the Law, until all is accomplished. NAS . . . and

John 10:35.
"If he called them gods, to whom the word of God came (and the Scripture cannot be broken, NAS . . .

Note the words of Paul elsewhere. 1 Tim 5:18  For the Scripture says, "YOU SHALL NOT MUZZLE
            THE OX WHILE HE IS THRESHING," and "The laborer is worthy of his wages."

Inspired Strong's NT:2315
theopneustos (theh-op'-nyoo-stos); from NT:2316 and a presumed derivative of NT:4154; divinely breathed in:
KJV-given by inspiration of God.

pneo (pneh'-o); a primary word; to breathe hard, i.e. breeze:
KJV-blow. Compare NT:5594.

psucho (psoo'-kho); a primary verb; to breathe (voluntarily but gently, thus differing on the one hand from NT:4154, which denotes properly a forcible respiration; . . . " (Biblesoft's New
Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright (c) 1994, Biblesoft and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

B.    An . . Intellectual Revelation. v 16 a

ATR. = Inspired of God theopneustos (NT:2315). "God-breathed." A late word (Plutarch) here only in the New Testament.

        1.    Paul an Intelligent Man.
        2.    Simon's comments 1 Peter 3:15    and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as
                    also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also
                    in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to
                    understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the
                    Scriptures, to their own destruction. 17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this
                    beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men,
                    you fall from your own steadfastness,

         3.    Inerrancy is not for dummies.
         4.    Check out those who believe this doctrine.

I serve on the board of Trustees for Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary as the representative from the Missouri Baptist Convention. I am now the Vice Chairman of the Board. I made a motion several years ago that every professor coming on our faculty had to write a position paper outlining their view of the scriptures. We have called several to serve with us. They are brilliant men and women. It is an honor to be a part of God brining them on to our faculty. They believe in the Inerrancy of the Word.

C.    An . . Inclusive Revelation. v 16 a

        1.    Some debate the order of these words.
                a.    All Scripture is inspired by God.   (All major Bible Translations)
                b.    All (every) inspired Scripture is given by God.   (No major Bible Translation)

        2.    This verse includes all scripture, not just part.

Illustration     1987 Southern Baptist Convention Report
The action which created the Peace Committee instructed it to follow the Baptist Faith and Message Statement of 1963 in regard to theological issues. Although the (BFM) statement includes a Preamble and seventeen articles, the committee has focused primarily on Article One, "The Scriptures:"

"The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is the record of God's revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. The criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted is Jesus Christ."

Dr. Herschel Hobbs, a member of the Peace Committee and chairman of the committee which wrote the 1963 Baptist Faith and Message Statement, explained the phrase "truth without any mixture of error for its matter. . ." by reference to 11 Timothy 3:16 which says, "all Scripture is given by inspiration of God." He explained: "The Greek New Testament reads 'all' -- without the definite article -- and that means every single part of the whole is God-breathed. And a God of truth does not breathe error."

We, as a Peace Committee, have found that most Southern Baptists see 'truth without any mixture of error for its matter,' as meaning, for example, that

(1) They believe in direct creation of mankind and therefore they believe Adam and Eve were
        real persons.

(2) They believe the named authors did indeed write the biblical books attributed to them by those books.

(3) They believe the miracles described in Scripture did indeed occur as supernatural events in history.

(4) They believe that the historical narratives given by biblical authors are indeed accurate and reliable
        as given by those authors.

We call upon Southern Baptist institutions to recognize the great number of Southern Baptists who believe this interpretation of our confessional statement and, in the future, to build their professional staffs and facilities from those who clearly reflect such dominant convictions and beliefs held by Southern Baptists at large.


16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;


(Titus 1:14 NASB) not paying attention to Jewish myths and commandments of men who turn away from the truth.

2.    Rewards . . And the Inerrant Word. v 16 b

            ". . . and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, "

A.    Profitable for . . Cultivating.
            ". . . and profitable for teaching, . . . : v 16 b (1)

        1.    We have in this book the teaching that is eternal.

Teaching Strong's # NT:1319
didaskalia (did-as-kal-ee'-ah); from NT:1320; instruction (the function or the information): KJV-doctrine, learning, teaching.
Used 21 times in KJV and 19 times translated doctrine.

B.    Profitable for . .Correcting.
            ". . . for reproof, for correction, . . . "

Reproof Strong's NT:1648a
elegmos (el-eng-mos'); from NT:1651; found only in 2 Tim 3:16: conviction (of a sinner), punishment, refutation of error, reproof.

Correcting Strong's NT:1882
epanorthosis (ep-an-or'-tho-sis); from a compound of NT:1909 and NT:461; a straightening up again, i.e. (figuratively) rectification (reformation): KJV-correction.

Illustrations Quoted from another source
One time in Sunday School I was giving a little quiz, and I said to a fellow, "Can you give me the geographical location of Dan and Beersheba?" He said, "You mean they are cities?" I said, "They certainly are."

He replies, "Well, I thought they were husband and wife like Sodom and Gomorrah."

Unfortunately many American homes, yes even so-called Christian homes, are like the one in which the little girl pointed to the Bible on the mantle that was never opened, and said to her mother, "Whose book is that?"

Her mother quite startled by her daughters question replied, "Why honey, don't you know? That is God's book!" The child demonstrating that she had a very practical turn to her mind said, "Don't you think that we had better give it back to him? No one around here ever reads it." - Fickeet

Application Josh 1:8

8 This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. NAS

                                Rewards . . And the Inerrant Word. v 16 b

3. Righteousness . . And the Inerrant Word. v 16 c

". . . for training in righteousness; . . . "

A.    Righteous . . Instruction from the Word.

Training or Instruction Strong's NT:3809
paideia (pahee-di'-ah); from NT:3811; tutorage, i.e. education or training; by implication, disciplinary correction:
KJV-chastening, chastisement, instruction, nurture.

B.    Righteous . . Impact from the Word.

Righteousness Strong's NT:1343
dikaiosune (dik-ah-yos-oo'-nay); from NT:1342; equity (of character or act); specially (Christian) justification:

Application Ps 119:11

11 Thy word I have treasured in my heart, That I may not sin against Thee. NAS

4.    Reason . . for the Inerrant Word. v 17

                    "that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. "

A.    The Reason for . . Effectiveness. v 17

NAS = "that the man of God may be adequate, . . ."
TLB = "It is God's way of making us well prepared at every point,

B.    The Reason for . . Equipping. v 17
            ". . . equipped for every good work. "

Let me remind you how the scripture uses this term "good work or works". It always talks about a saved person. The non-Christian can not do "spiritual good works".

I have a pastor friend who has not been to seminary. He pastors a church twice our size. He is a fine man of God. I love to sit down at a table with him and reason about the scripture. He has an excellent command of the Bible.

He will say well of course you are familiar with the passage over in (name of the Bible book) and on many occasions I will say well somewhat but tell me your observation

When Jacob de Shazer went as one of Jimmy Doolittle's raiders on Japan the day of April 18, 1942, he was an atheist. He was captured and imprisoned by the Japanese. He saw two of his companions shot by a firing squad. He saw another die of starvation.

During the long months he pondered the question of why the Japanese hated him and why he hated them. He began to recall some of the thing he had heard about Christianity.

Boldly he asked his jailers if they could get him a Bible. At first the laughed boisterously, as at a good joke, and grew ugly and warned him to stop making a nuisance of himself. But he kept asking.

A year and a half later - May 1944 a guard brought him a Bible, flung it at him, and said, "Three weeks you have. Three week, then I take away."

True to his word, in three weeks the guard took the Bible away, and de Shazer never saw it again. In 1948 de Shazer, his wife, and infant son were on their way back to Japan as missionaries, all because he asked for a Bible and a Japanese guard gave him one for three weeks. - H. Fickeet


Fundamentals of the Faith # 1...The Inerrant Word of God.

Revelation . . And the Inerrant Word.

Rewards . . And the Inerrant Word.

Righteousness . . And the Inerrant Word.

Reason . . for the Inerrant Word.