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Summary: Paul revealed to Timothy that Scripture is a gift of God’s inspiration. What Christian tenets arise from the gift of God’s inspiration? If “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” then We must Believe...

If SCRIPTURE is INSPIRED...

VBS Theme verse:

2Tim. 3:16a--“All Scripture is given by inspiration of God...”

2Pet. 1:20-21—“knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

The Scriptures are absolutely essential to who we are as Christians.

Paul revealed to Timothy that Scripture is a gift of God’s inspiration.

All Scripture is a gift of God’s inspiration.

What Christian tenets arise from the gift of God’s inspiration?

2 major tenets of God’s gift of inspiration.

If “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” then We must Believe...

1. CREATION from Nothing—Gen. 1-2 Believe it!

2. JESUS SAVES—Jn. 14:6 Believe it!

a. Jesus’ DEITY (Mk. 2:7-12, Jn. 1:1, :14, :18; Heb. 1:1-4)

b. Jesus’ SUBSTITUTIONARY , VOLITIONAL, ALL SUFFICIENT SACRIFICE (2Cor. 5:21; Isa. 53:4-5; Mk. 10:45; Jn. 3:16)

c. Jesus’ RESURRECTION (Rom. 4:25, 1Cor. 15:12-19)

d. Jesus’ MEDIATION(1Tim. 2:5-6; Acts 4:12)

If you do not believe these things then you are still in your sins!

1— If “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God,” then We must Believe...

CREATION from Nothing(Gen. 1-2)

Explanation:(Gen. 1-2)

Gen. 1:1—“In the beginning God created the heavens & the earth.”

To create is to bring about absolutely from nothing at all.

“Created”—arb baw-raw’—1) To create, shape, form. Strong—(absolutely) To create; (qualified) To cut down (a wood), Select, Feed (as formative processes):-- Choose, create (creator), Cut down, dispatch, do, make (fat).

Not—ruy yaw-tsar’—To Form, fashion or frame.

Man was formed from what God had already created.

The creation account of Scripture(God’s testimony) includes the creation(God’s decision) of a period of darkness coupled with a period of light which is termed a Day. So that the very first Evening(Night) & Morning(Day) were “the first day”(1:3-5).

God created everything within 6 of these “days.” It is presented from a standpoint of people on earth.

Day 1)—Light & Days(:3-5)—Supernaturally sustained until the 4th day.

Day 2)—Firmament of the Sky/Heaven(:6-8)—Atmosphere around the earth proper & beyond(See :17).

Day 3)—Dry Land & Oceans; Grass, Herbs & Trees(:9-13)—Earth & Seas & Self-sustaining Grass, Herbs & Trees.

Day 4)—Sun, Moon & Stars(:14-19)—Lights in the heavens for dividing Day & Night & for signs & seasons & for days & years. Time-keeping instruments.

Day 5)—Ocean life & Birds(:20-23)—

Day 6)—Land life(:24-31) & Creation finished(:31—2:1)—Domestic, Beastial animals & Mankind.

Day 7)—God rested from His work of Creation(2:2-3)—The day is Blessed & sanctified.

Ps. 19:1-4b—“<> The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, And night unto night reveals knowledge. There is no speech nor language Where their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, And their words to the end of the world....”

Don’t try to force the Scriptural account of creation into a humanistic mold, just so you can reconcile the two. They are incompatible!

However, True science discovers & maintains 1)the true nature of God, 2)the true nature of the Fall of mankind & thus 3)the true nature of God’s creation, & 4)always takes into account His written word.

If God’s handiwork is not discovered in your research/explorations, then that research is tainted with sin, is severely limited, & you are firmly in the humanistic & secular camp.

Argumentation:

2Pet. 3:1-7—“Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, & of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord & Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, & saying, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, & the earth standing out of water & in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens & the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment & perdition of ungodly men.”

Illustration:

The scientist who formed amino acids(building blocks of protein which are required for life) by bombarding a ‘primitive environment’ with electricity(mimic lightning). Where did the primitive environment come from? Where did the electricity come from?/CREATION from Nothing

Application:

?You believe the ever-present, ever-living true God who created all from nothing?

OR....

?Do you believe in the anemic humanistic ‘god’ of the imaginations of secular science? Their god is no god at all!

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