Concordia Theological Monthly

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inspiration, new testament, holy spirit, apostles, scripture, st. john, prophets, st. luke

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


Inspiration is that miraculous, supernatural process by and through which God, specifically the Holy Spirit, at specified times and for specific purposes, caused certain men, the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles (and evangelists) of the New Testament, to write down in words of human speech both such historical incidents as they were already familiar with and such other accounts of persons and events, together with immediate revelations concerning future events and the mysteries of salvation, as are a matter of His divine omniscience and wisdom alone, so that every possibility of error, not only in every main proposition with its discussion, but also in every subsidiary remark and incidental reference, was eliminated from the outset, while still in this breathing-in, which must be claimed for every word of the original documents, both the natural characteristics and temperaments and the acquired abilities of the various writers were employed in such a way as to produce that variety of style which gives to the Bible its wide and varied appeal.


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2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Samuel 23:2; Mark 13:11; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 5:6; Galatians 2:14; Luke 1:1-4; John 19:35-37; 1 John 1:1-4; 1 Corinthians 2:7-10; 1 Corinthians 11:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3; Galatians 1:11-12; 1 Corinthians 2:13; 1 Peter 2:21; John 7:38; John 10:35; Acts 8:32; Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:22; Galatians 4:30; James 2:8; 1 Peter 2:6; 2 Peter 1:20; Matthew 21:42; Matthew 26:54; Mark 11:49; Luke 24:27; John 5:39; Acts 17:2, 11; Acts 18:24, 28; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4; Romans 1:2; Romans 16:26; Matthew 26:56; 2 Timothy 3:15; Romans 3:2; Hebrews 5:12; 1 Peter 4:11; Romans 3:21; Luke 24:44; Luke 10:16;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars