(PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION) GOD BREATHED SCRIPTURES

 (PLENARY VERBAL INSPIRATION) GOD BREATHED SCRIPTURES

When many come to knowing some of the theories of the Bible that discuss and articulate a mode of what is called in most Christian circles, the doctrine of inspiration, many wonder or they assume wrongly that inspiration means God inspired or sparked a creative inpulse into the transcriber of the original works of the Bible,. Some think the notion of inspired text means that God acted as the author or scribe hearing a voice from heaven theory also, but is this the view of the Bible is portraying or just a modern day assumption of how the Bible itself mentions or discusses its own inspiration? What about God being like a ghost/phantum wrtitter making the authors or scribe ofd the original work of the Bible, controlling their body as their hand travesld across the page? is theis how the Bible articulates it inspiration or how it is known? Does the Bible even give us any hints at how the Bible is inspired in the first place? 
Though it will not be my intention here to answer all these questions but in light of some common understandings of inspirition of the Bible and the diffrences of such a view from the Bible itself often are mythicized in our modern culture due to movies and media depictions of these events. So to begin with, Does the Bible give us a claim on its own inspiration? If so, what is and What does this tell us about our God? Can Man know that this is the Word of God?

 

When we open up the class reading for this post with these questions and mind, what do we find? I think that in light of the first s chapter of the class book, we should note that there are seemingly two inspiration theories that could be seen as quite Biblically grounded and takes the text of the text (and the implications of the belief) seriesoully, namely the Dictation theory and the Plenary Verbal Inspiration. How so? 
Regarding the Dictation theory, we see that Scriptue teaches that God may have communicated a precise “word for word” message to human authors in text like Jer 26:2, Revelation 2:1,8). Also, it seems (as attested to in the synopyic problem found in tanakh and NT synoptoc gospels) that God allows for the authors of the text to speak via their own expressions of their own personalities. But does this answer the whoel question about the whole Bible? not really, and this is why the Verbal inpiration theory to be slightly more satifying  than the dictaon theory.

In the verbal inspiration theory, the entire text attest to the contention that all Christians hold to in light of their theorlogy that must be considered, namly that the God of the Bible is a transendtal God that prevades history and space time and matter leaving evidence of his existence everywhere (Romans 1:18-20) to such an extent, according to the Bible, all man knows God and Gods existence is made clear to us all yet we suppress this truth in unrighoutousness. Why is this importatnt? Due to God being God, his “speach”/”word” attest to his atturbutes. This implys if true that God Himself can and does not and will not fail in getting his message across. As early in the Church histroy even, we have records that attest to such a POWER in the witness of the Scripture itself. Who said such?

Aristides, a converted Athenian philosopher, who lived and wrote about 125 AD and its interesting how he attested to this feature of the doctrine of inspiration, or as he puts “…it the power in the Scripture” that was avalible and readable in his era…

 

“The Christians, then, trace the beginning of their religion from Jesus the Messiah; and he is named the Son of God Most High. And it is said that God came down from heaven, and from a Hebrew virgin assumed and clothed himself with flesh; and the Son of God lived in a daughter of man. This is taught in the gospel, as it is called, which a short time was preached among them; and you also if you will read therein, may perceive the power which belongs to it. This Jesus, then, was born of the race of the Hebrews; and he had twelve disciples in order that the purpose of his incarnation might in time be accomplished. But he himself was pierced by the Jews, and he died and was buried; and they say that after three days he rose and ascended to heaven (Apol. 2).” 
Notice that even well befor our modern era, the text we read changed lives and was seen to have “Precieved power that belongs to it (the Gospel)”

Not to mention the nature of the text in 1 Peter 3:15, we find that even here in the Apology of Aristides, the Scripture also teaches of itself the
BREATHING OUT of Scriptuer by God.
So as we speak, breath and have our being (in Christ as Scripture also teaches) God has inspired and preserved his text via a verbal reconizable authroty that isnt that merely of the over 40 authors of the Bible but are evidence that God inspirted and breathed out TRUTH and made that truth of himself known to us via his covenantal text we know today as the Bible.

-Courtney Thompson

~*~ A Breif Note About Authorship of the Gospel of John ~*~ #UPDATED

#EarlyChristaianHistoricalFacts

Often you may hear people suggest that because the gospels are formally anonymous, we should not think Matthew, Mark, Luke, or John wrote these Gosples attributed to them. They often contend the names on the Gospels as we known it are later additions to the text of the New Testament.

Remember this, though there is plenty data to support historically the early attesting records of the names of the Gospels respective authors via the Church Fathers and other sorces outside the Bible, yet we never should forget the Bible and what its ancient manuscriptive evidence has to say. I mean, isn’t the text itself, and its authorship in question?

In light of this, consider for example John’s Gospel and its manuscript tradition. It has the earliest and fullest attested book of of the Gospel manuscript  tradition. (SEE IMAGE 1: excerpt OF “The Early Text of the New Testament”)

What we learn from manuscripts like this is the Early Christians held the Gosples in codex form in light of its advantages over scrolls in being able to hold more than one book inside. This means when we find manuscripts of the beginning of a new book in these manuscripts of the Gosple of John , we find above the prologue of the book, we have a greek prase…

KΑΤΑ ΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ *according to John*
And then a gap for the rest of the work (as it survives to us today)….

Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος. (SBLG)
*SEE IMAGE below of Papyrus 66/P66 BELOW. Note how the top of the page, though somewhat damaged, includes the “Inclusio” phrase
“εὐαγγέλιονΚΑΤΑΙΩΑΝΝΗΝ/ Gospel According to John” followed by a gap and then contuining to John’s prologue (this is John 1:1-14) *

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Therefore, we can rest assured, not only were the text preserved in all probably with the Names of the author but that data has been preserved accurately  throughout history from the earliest time.

If you want a modern day example,
Consider the books like
“Chicken Soup for the Soul”
Multiple authors, and names of the authors are mentioned once per poem/story/etc at the end of the work. So thought it would be true persay that some of the works in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” are also formally anonymous, they too include at the end of the given passage, names. Not exactly the same thing but a common modern similarity.

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