Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. -2 Timothy 3:15 MSG

The Greek word rendered "God-breathed" is theopneustos and is most often translated "inspired by God". This verse is the only place in the bible that this Greek word is used. Even so, I love the image of God breathing on the writers of holy writ and inspiring them. Yet I think that the imagery gives room for differing views on what it means.

Some suggest that this solitary word indicates that God breathed every word written in the scriptures. I do not see it that way but see it much in the same way that God has breathed on his followers throughout history. I have experienced such moments. The veil between heaven and earth seems to compress. Those times are precious and very inspirational. In the moment I seem to be hearing God so clearly. Then time passes and my understanding of the inspiration deepens.

Breathe on us O Spirit of God that we might be inspired to help your kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven.

... this devotion is part of an ongoing series on words in the bible.

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