The Berean Expositor
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Pneumatikos. "Spiritually discerned" (I Cor. 2: 14).
Ekpneo. "He gave up the ghost" (Luke 23: 46).
Empneo. "Saul, yet breathing out threatenings" (Acts 9: 1).
Kapnos. "Vapour of smoke" (Acts 2: 19).
Hupopneo. "And when the south wind blew softly" (Acts 27: 13).
The word has entered into our language, and we have such words as pneometer,
pneumatic and pneumonia in each case retaining the primitive idea of "breathing". The
words "inspiration" and "inspire" are used in the English language with this primitive
idea of breathing, as well as in the doctrinal sense. It is used as the opposite of expire,
and we speak of the inspiratory organs, which draw in the air during respiration. The
apostle Paul asserts that "the sacred letters" or "all scripture" is "breathed by God". In
this passage it is not the writers that are in view. Holy men of God indeed were moved
by the Spirit of God (II Pet. 1: 21), but Paul, in II Tim. 3: 16, is speaking of "the
writings" themselves. What has been written in pasa graphe "all scripture" is nothing
less nor more than what "God breathed". They are inspired words. It follows that such
Scriptures must be inerrant, infallible, authoritative, perfect.