Paul knew the difference between the mere words of men and the word of God. He said to the Thessalonians, “For this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the Word of God” (1 Thess 2:13). Thus Paul knew his own message to be the Word of God, just as he knew the OT to be “the very words of God” (Rom 3:2, NIV). Jeremiah knew his writing to be the words of God (Jer 36:2).
That the Bible is inspired means that it is the Word of God; that it is the Word of God means that it is completely true and trustworthy, and completely authoritative.
Cottrell, J. (2002). The faith once for
all : Bible doctrine for today (56–57). Joplin, Mo.: College Press Pub.
Published on Monday, February 18, 2013 @ 4:37 AM CDT