When we look at the Bible text as inspired instead of what God says to us in the text as inspired, I believe we miss the whole thing. Aside from the language and cultural translation problems, as I’ve said many times, even if the whole Bible was made up and a work of total fiction, it’s the most brilliantly inspired work ever written! I don’t believe it is fiction, but you get my point.
We, in the West, tend to read the Bible like a historical or scientific textbook. We look for facts and data and even try to defend its veracity this way. While it does contain such relatively superficial things, that’s not what makes the Bible inspirational. What makes it inspired is Who is breathing life into us as we’re reading it.
You see, the devil can read the Bible text but not be inspired at all by its content. He can only understand it out of context because its truth is veiled to those who refuse to come to God for life. Just like the Pharisees, who had a very high view of the Scriptural text, yet they had their Messiah crucified.
Because what the text tells us is that God’s word (logos), which means “Living Expression” or “Structuring Reality for Everything,” is found in a Person (for more on this, see my post, “Logos: The Structuring Reality of Everything.”) And this Logos is not only God and our Structuring Reality, we have no continuing existence apart from Him:
1 In the very beginning the Living Expression was already there. And the Living Expression was with God, yet fully God.
2 They were together—face-to-face, in the very beginning.
3 And through his creative inspiration
this Living Expression made all things,
for nothing has existence apart from him! (John 1:1-3 TPT)
So, when we look at the text as the Word of God, we make the same critical mistake the religious leaders of Jesus’ day made:
39 You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. (John 5:39 NKJV)
We become modern-day “Bible-believing” Pharisees. We still don’t know the first thing about the Word of God because we don’t know the God of the Word….but the real tragedy is, we think we do, and so we divide over doctrines and interpretation. It’s pretty sad, actually. Paul called such carnality acting like “mere humans” (1 Cor.3:3).
Notice what Jesus says in the next verse…
40 But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life. (John 5:40 NKJV)
That we may have life. Now, we’re getting closer to what’s actually inspiring about the Bible. Here’s what Jesus says:
63 “The Holy Spirit is the one who gives life, that which is of the natural realm is of no help. The words I speak to you are Spirit and life. But there are still some of you who won’t believe.” (John 6:63 TPT)
This is why it’s silly to argue about whether or not the Bible is factually true. That’s not the kind of truth that will give us life and transform our soul. Biblical truth is only found in relationship with Truth. He’s the truth about God and the truth about us.
1:18 Until this moment God remained invisible to man; now the authentic begotten son, the blueprint of man’s design who represents the innermost being of God, the son who is in the bosom of the father, brings him into full view! He is the official authority qualified to announce God! He is our guide who accurately declares and interprets the invisible God within us. (John 1:18 MIRROR)
And He’s the “way” we continue to experience the endless life of God:
6 Jesus explained, “I am the Way, I am the Truth, and I am the Life. No one comes next to the Father except through union with me. To know me is to know my Father too. (John 14:6 TPT)
Eternal life is not a destination; it’s a Person you encounter and find life in—now and forever. This is God’s very own life, and His life is endless:
3 Eternal life means to know and experience you
as the only true God,
and to know and experience Jesus Christ,
as the Son whom you have sent. (John 17:3 TPT)
When I read the pages of the Bible, Jesus takes me on a journey and explains God and who I am in Him. I’m constantly inspired as God fills me with His overflowing life.
Like a heavenly GPS, this Living Word goes to the deepest part of my soul and precisely locates me–my misguided desires, fears, worries, doubts, jealousies, disappointments, sadness, regrets, prejudices, my myopic certainties about things I profoundly don’t understand—and He floods me with His light, filling me with His joy and His love and His peace…”For He Himself is our peace” (Eph.2:14).
The result is, I find myself at rest, refreshed, and renewed.
Thus, inspiration becomes my re-formation, reformation becomes my transformation, and transformation becomes the incarnation of the Living Word working Himself out in me.
12 For we have the living Word of God, which is full of energy, and it pierces more sharply than a two-edged sword. It will even penetrate to the very core of our being where soul and spirit, bone and marrow meet! It interprets and reveals the true thoughts and secret motives of our hearts. (Heb.4:12 TPT)
This is how I believe the Bible is inspired.