March 19, 2017

Words … Taught By The Spirit – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

Paul is describing the revelation that he had received when he categorically professes that the “words” (not thoughts) revealed to him were “words” taught by the Holy Spirit. (I Corinthians 2:13)

The New Living Translation, (which is not a literal translation, but more a commentary, emphasizing thoughts, not words) does not follow the concept expressed in this passage. Ironically, their own rendition of this passage effectively rebukes their “translation” philosophy.

When we tell you this, we do not use words of human wisdom. We speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths.” (I Corinthians 2:13, NLT)

The New International Version, (another non-literal, thought “translation”) challenges their own approach in the following rendering.

“This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.” (I Corinthians 2:13, NIV)

The apostles had learned the concept of the revelation of “words” from Jesus. As He was preparing the apostles for His

departure, “He looked up to heaven and said,…”

“Now they have come to know that everything You have given Me is from You; for the words which You gave Me I have given to them;…” (John 17:7-8 NASV)

“Now they know that everything I have is a gift from you, for I have passed on to them the words you gave me;…” (John 17:7-8 NLT)

“Now they know that everything you have given me comes from you. 8 For I gave them the words you gave me and they accepted them. …” (John 17:7-8 NIV)

Consider some of the Spirit inspired “words” that reveal the nature of scripture.

Θεόπνευστος (Inspired) 2 Timothy 3:16

“All Scripture is inspired by God…” (NASV)

All Scripture is God-breathed…” (NIV)

This word does not refer to an intermediate procedure that acted on men who in turn expressed the idea. Rather is speaks of a direct process accomplished by God, Himself.

Rather than the idea often intended by “inspiration,” it speaks of an “expiration” (BAGD). It does not say, “it is breathed into by God” or it is the product of inbreathing, but it is breathed out by God. No term could more emphatically assert the significance of the “words” of scripture.

ἱερός γράμμα (sacred writings) II Timothy 3:15

“…you have known the sacred writings…” (NASV)

“…You have been taught the holy Scriptures…” (NLT))

This is a technical term used nowhere else in the New Testament. It is used by Philo (1st century Jewish philosopher) and by Josephus (1st century Jewish historian) to describe authoritative statutes constituting Jewish law. Paul believed the sacred writings were God breathed.

Φέρω (moved) II Peter 1:21

“…men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.” (NASV)

“…It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.” (NLT)

“…men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” (NIV)

The Geek lexicon BDAG defines this word: “1. to bear or carry from one place to another, 2. focus on an act of transport”

This word does not speak of guiding, directing, or leading. The action is clearly beyond such ideas. One being born is passive. What is born is taken up by bearer and conveyed by bearer’s power to bearer’s goal.

The respect due “God breathed” scripture is seen again and again, throughout the New Testament. It is seen in the justification and defense of the gospel, “for he powerfully refuted the Jews in public, demonstrating by the Scriptures that Jesus was the Christ.” (Acts 18:28)

It is illustrated in Jesus rebuke of the chief priests and elders. “…Did you never read in the Scriptures,…” (Matthew 21:42)  “…“You are mistaken, not understanding the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (Matthew 22:29)

In order to avoid similar rebukes (“…the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” John 12:48), let us determine to reverence the words taught by the Holy Spirit.” (I Corinthians 2:13)

 

 

 

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