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The Pulpit of the Opened Book.
Inspiration and the Holy Ghost.
pp. 8 - 10
In the Greek, the term "inspiration of God" used by Paul in II Tim. 3: 16 is
theopneustos, and it is evident that there is a vital connection between "inspiration" and
the Spirit (pneuma). On occasion, therefore, we are prepared to find that a specific
statement is made in the Scriptures ascribing the authorship of the Book to the
Holy Spirit. Let us note these passages.
(1) PSALM 95: 7.--This passage is quoted in Heb. 3:, but instead of settling the
vexed question as to whether Moses, who wrote Psa. 90:, should be recognized as the
author of the anonymous Psalms that follow, Paul says, "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost
saith, To day if ye will hear His voice" (Heb. 3: 7). This statement is too explicit to be
passed over in silence. Everything associated with the integrity of Scripture is involved
in it. The critics have assured us that Moses never led the children of Israel through the
wilderness; that the story written in the book of Numbers is not factual history; Moses
never lifted up a serpent in the wilderness, etc., etc., yet Paul declares that the Psalm
which says, "Forty years long was I grieved with this generation . . . . . I sware in My
wrath, that they should not enter into My rest", was the language of "The Holy Ghost".
Here there can be no compromise, no middle ground; we must be either for or against.
Either Paul's words are sober truth and the critics blasphemers, or his words are
hysterical nonsense and the critics our deliverers. For our part we believe the Apostle's
declaration that the Psalm quoted was the language of the Holy Ghost.
(2) THE TABERNACLE.--Heb. 9: is devoted to the typical tabernacle of the
wilderness, and the anti-typical fulfillment of its ordinances, sacrifices and types in the
heavenly priesthood of Christ and the true tabernacle, which God pitched and not man,
namely, "heaven itself". Once again the issues are clearly defined. Paul does not speak
vaguely of the tabernacle; he describes its two great portions, he specifies the sacred
furniture, both within the veil and in the holy place, and in Heb. 8: 5, says of the
earthly priesthood of Israel:
"Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was
admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith He, that
thou make all things according to the pattern showed thee in the mount" (Heb. 8: 5).
Having committed himself to the belief that Moses did actually erect the tabernacle and
that the record in Exodus is true, he further commits himself to the utter extreme of
saying in Heb. 9: concerning this tabernacle and its services:--
"The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made
manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing" (Heb. 9: 8).