The Spoken Word
I want to write on a technicality that has significance to me on the issue of inspiration and preservation.Â In many discussions about inspiration, the word autographa is used.Â This is the idea of “the original autographs.”Â It seems to me that there is some mystical, super-spiritual significance given to the writing materials that were used to record the words of God.Â I am not promoting behavior that desecrates or destroys Scripture, but we should remember that God’s Words are spoken words.Â There are very few places in Scripture where God wrote His words for His people.Â Do this simple search with your Bible concordance: word ANDÂ Lord ANDÂ saying.Â You will find that God gave His Word to His men by speaking to them.Â When you speak, you are breathing.Â This is the mechanism of inspiration — God-breathed Words.Â
And it came to pass in the fourth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, that this word came unto Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spoke unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.Â (Jeremiah 36:1-3)
God’s men thenÂ copied God’s Words down for God’s people to read.
And they asked Baruch, saying, Tell us now, How didst thou write all these words at his mouth? Then Baruch answered them, He pronounced all these words unto me with his mouth, and I wrote them with ink in the book.Â (Jeremiah 36:17-18)
It is a God-spoken Word.Â The firstÂ copy is not any more inspired than theÂ next copy.
Then the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, after that the king had burned the roll, and the words which Baruch wrote at the mouth of Jeremiah, saying, Take thee again another roll, and write in it all the former words that were in the first roll, which Jehoiakim the king of Judah hath burned.Â (Jeremiah 36:27-28)
The words are what is important not the paper and ink. It did not matter whether the original autographs were extant or not. What mattered was that the Words of God were available to His people.