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Paul’s Fallibility
Dr. Randy White

“Men, I perceive that the voyage will certainly be with damage and great loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.” (Acts 27:10, NASB95)

I love the way that the Bible is so precise in its language that true doctrine is illustrated with consistent fidelity throughout.  In Acts 27:10 we see a great illustration of the doctrine of the inspiration of Scripture, and we see that the writers themselves were not inspired, but rather, the words which they wrote. This is an important distinction.  The writers were men with a nature like ours, but God provided them words that were “God breathed” and He has preserved those words for us.

Paul, on a ship bound for Rome, had the ominous feeling, possibly based on experience from his extensive travels, that shipwreck would come and would result in the loss of life.  In giving the God-breathed words, Scripture precisely tells us that Paul perceived this to be the case.  In reality, there was no loss of life.  In fact, later Paul would be given a vision from God that there would be no loss of life.   In verse 25 Paul confidently proclaims to the sailors, “Therefore, keep up your courage, men, for I believe God that it will turn out exactly as I have been told” (Acts 27:25, NASB95).  Notice that Paul says “as I have been told” and previously had said “I perceive.”

Later Paul would say on several occasions that he “delivered that which he had received” from God.  When we open the Bible, we can know that it accurately and clearly tells us that which is perceived and that which is given of God.  Rejoice!

In His Grace,
Dr. Randy White

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