Prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.
2 Peter 1:21
The Internet has become the primary research source for a majority of students. Easy access makes it a convenient tool. Yet information gleaned from the Internet is only as reliable as the source of that information. Not all Web pages are trustworthy!
What about the Bible? How reliable is it as a source of information about God? In 2 Timothy 3:16 we are told that all Scripture is “Godbreathed.” Theologian B. B. Warfield explains the significance of this language by noting: “What it affirms is the Scriptures owe their origin to an activity of God the Holy Ghost and are in the highest and truest sense His creation.” The words of Scripture are the words of God Himself.
This is confirmed by 2 Peter 1:21, which describes the experience of those who spoke for God under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. They were “carried along” by the Holy Spirit. Acts 27:15 uses the same Greek word to refer to a ship being “driven along” by the wind of a storm. The writers of Scripture did not act on their own but were under the controlling influence of the Holy Spirit.
This does not mean that the writers of Scripture were mere recording devices. Their writings reflect their personalities and vocabulary. They exercised ordinary human volition when making decisions about what to write (Luke 1:1–4; Jude 1:3). Yet the Holy Spirit’s ministry guaranteed that they would write only what the God wanted to be recorded. The result is a collection of written works unlike any other. Other books may contain wisdom and convey truth. But only the Bible speaks with God’s full authority. It deserves our trust. More than that, it commands our obedience. Like the apostle Paul, not only our teaching, but our entire way of life should reflect the truth of God’s inspired word.
Apply the Word
How well do you know the Bible? A daily reading schedule can enable you to read through the Bible in an entire year. The One Year Bible Online (www.oneyearbibleonline.com) can be a good starting point for those who would like to begin this discipline. Joining a Sunday school class or Bible study group is another way to learn more.