All Scripture is God-breathed
This is the bedrock of evangelicalism, and yet what does it mean exactly?
For example, in one of Paul’s letters, he says, “To the rest I say this (I, not the Lord)…” How can this be God’s Word when it clearly states in “God’s Word” that it’s not God speaking?
This got me thinking on the nature of scripture. This is a heated debate in this day and age, and I am nervous to even address publicly. In fact, it’s nothing new that division in the church is often related to how we read and understand scripture.
All the same, I cannot help but reflect on the single most important verse in our canon related to the nature of scripture and it’s authority. It’s a familiar one. Paul, in a letter, says to Timothy:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,
For the sake of argument, let’s say this applies to the Old and New Testament (even though it was written before the New Testament was completed).
What does it mean for scripture of be God-breathed?
Here are some popular interpretations: