Part 4: Bibliology -- By: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 095:377 (Jan 1938)
Article: Part 4: Bibliology
Author: Lewis Sperry Chafer

Part 4:

Lewis Sperry Chafer

(Continued from October-December, 1937, Number)

{Editor’s note: Footnotes in the original printed edition were numbered 8–11, but in this electronic edition are numbered 1–4 respectively.}

II. Inspiration

3. God’s Word about God’s Word

The intrabiblical evidences that the Bible is the complete and inerrant Word of God are both manifold and manifest. As Bishop Butler haa said regarding the evidence, of Christianity, so it may be said concerning the evidences of Inspiration, they are “of great variety and compass...making up, all of them together, one argument; the conviction arising from which kind of proof may be compared to what they call the effect in architecture or other works of art, a result from a great number of things so and so disposed, and taken into one view.”1 In fact the intrabiblical evidence is so extensive that to tabulate it would require a careful study of, and reference to, almost every page of the Scriptures-a task which few, if any, have ever essayed. This vast array of material when assembled and classified, to employ Bishop Butler’s architectural figure, would include every form of averment from the foundation stones of direct assertion to the last adornment of implication. Extended argument of a polemic nature may arise over the use of one word or one text of the Scriptures bearing on some one aspect of inspiration, but the doctrine of Inspiration itself is all-inclusive, embracing all and representing the induction of all that the Bible declares or implies in its own behalf.

It may be deducted from the extent of the literature provoked, that, of the major passages which support the Bible’s own claim to inspiration, two are of surpassing inportance-2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:21. Not only the direct and unqualified claim to inspiration which these passages present but their all-inclusiveness has drawn out the most extended and vigorous attempts on the part of men unsympathetic to the doctrine of Verbal, Plenary Inspiration to tone down by exegetical manipulation the force of evidence which these passages proffer. It is doubtful whether any one original New Testament word has been more scrutinized under the searching rays of scholarship than has θεόπνευστος (theopneustos-God-breathed; a word evidently compounded from Θεός-God-, and πνέω-to breathe, cf. the translation of Job 32:8-“Th...

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