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Summary: In 2 Peter 1:16–21, the apostle references both his own 1) Eyewitness Experience of Revelation(2 Peter 1:16-18) and God’s 2) Supernatural, Written Revelation(2 Peter 1:19-21) to define Biblical Inspiration.

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If you have been following the current Winter Olympics in Sochi, you most likely have heard commentators of the artistic events, describe the performances at times as being particularly inspired. This is usually a comment on a situation where an athlete shows some particular creativity, choice of maneuver, or even of the accompanying music. This description of being inspired is used so loosely today it is applied to virtually any artistic endeavor from painting, music, writing to even cooking. But what did God mean with this phrase?

What the apostle Peter wrote in 2 Peter 1:16–21 about the inspiration of Scripture, he clearly declares that in the Bible believers have an accurate, written revelation of God’s truth. In his second epistle, Peter wrote to believers barraged by false teaching that sought to undermine their trust in Scripture and thus destroy the Christian faith. In chapter 2 he would describe in vivid terms the proponents of such error so his readers could understand and better recognize the danger they posed. But it is not enough merely to be aware of false teachers; believers need to know how to defend against their errors.

If Inerrancy Is Denied, we must Begin to wonder if we can really trust God in anything He says.If We Deny Inerrancy, we essentially make our own human minds a higher standard of truth than God’s Word Itself. If we deny inerrancy, can we do what we want, whenever we want? (Wayne Grudem. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. This book is published jointly by Inter-Varsity Press, 38 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GP, Great Britain, and by Zondervan Publishing House, 5300 Patterson Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. 2000)

A sure light in a sea of wandering opinion is the inerrant, infallible word of God. In 2 Peter 1:16–21, the apostle references both his own 1) Eyewitness Experience of Revelation(2 Peter 1:16-18) and God’s 2) Supernatural, Written Revelation(2 Peter 1:19-21) to define Biblical Inspiration.

1) Peter’s Eyewitness Experience (2 Peter 1:16-18)

2 Peter 1:16-18 [16]For we did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty. [17]For when he received honor and glory from God the Father, and the voice was borne to him by the Majestic Glory, "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased," [18]we ourselves heard this very voice borne from heaven, for we were with him on the holy mountain. (ESV)

For is the causal term linking this passage to the previous one and explaining why Peter reminded his hearers of the truth. He was absolutely convinced of the truth he taught because he had personally experienced it.

As a starting point in our examination of what inspiration is, it is helpful to look at it now with a working definition. “The inerrancy of Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm anything that is contrary to fact. This definition focuses on the question of truthfulness and falsehood in the language of Scripture. The definition in simple terms just means that the Bible always tells the truth and that it always tells the truth concerning everything it talks about. This definition does not mean that the Bible tells us every fact there is to know about any one subject, but it affirms that what it does say about any subject is true. (Wayne Grudem. SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY. This book is published jointly by Inter-Varsity Press, 38 De Montfort Street, Leicester LE1 7GP, Great Britain, and by Zondervan Publishing House, 5300 Patterson Avenue S.E., Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA. 2000)


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