John Theodore Mueller
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“In 2 Tim. 3,16 Scripture is said to be “God-breathed” (θεόπνευστος) which means that it owes its origin to God notwithstanding the fact that it was written by men. In 2 Pet. 1,21 the apostle distincly declares that the holy men, borne along (φερόμενοι) by the Holy Ghost, spoke, i.e., brought forth words (ἐλάλησαν). Similarly St. Paul says in 1 Cor. 2,13: “Which things we speak in words taught by the Spirit” (λαλοῦμεν διδαχτοῖς [λόγοις] πνεύματος). In all these passages the verbal inspiration of the Bible is clearly affirmed; for since words are the necessary means for conveying thoughts, it lies in the very nature of inspiration that the very words were supplied to the holy writers.”
“the Christian experience becomes actual only through the preaching and acceptance of the Word of God; or we may say, the Word of God is the only means by which the Holy Ghost works the Christian experience of repentance and faith, Rom. 7,7; 1,16.17. On the other hand, where the Word of God is not preached, there is no true Christian experience.”
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