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::Devotional:: ‘Holy Spirit – The Author of Scripture’

March 15, 2010

In the last few weeks I have been thinking a lot about the ministry of the Holy Spirit.  In fact, I’ve found myself commenting in various conversations during that time about the often overlooked ministry and responsibility of the Holy Spirit.  “We can’t forget about the ministry of the Holy Spirit, nor can we step in and try to take over the responsibilities of that ministry.”  So, it seems fitting to do a series of devotionals on the roles and responsibilities of the Holy Spirit this week.

I’ll not even try to attempt an explanation of how God is three in one, Father, Spirit, and Son.  We’ll just have to go into this devotional knowing that is a fact, regardless of our understanding and explanation.  God is as equal in the Holy Spirit as He is in the other two roles of the trinity.  He is 100% God in all three.

The Definition of Inspire

I am preparing to teach another session of a class I started earlier this winter called Bible 101 which focuses on teaching Christians a few basic concepts about Bible study.  During the first session we talk about how we ended up with what we refer to as the Bible today and that conversation always starts with the original writings.  The Bible I use each morning, my Zondervan NIV Life Application Study Bible, can be traced back to the inspiration of scripture, the Holy Spirit.

Most of us would tend to take the word inspire and attach to it some experience from our life where we’ve seen an artist paint an amazing painting as they had been inspired by a beautiful landscape.  We can remember a time when we’ve heard an acceptance speech someone gave for a recognition or award where they thanked another person or group of people for being their inspiration.  These interpretations of the word inspiration aren’t wrong, but they aren’t completely accurate either.  In a game of darts, these darts of interpretations would hit the board, but just barely.

The meaning of words tends to change over time and through use.  The archaic, which signifies a much earlier period of time, definition of the word inspire means to infuse (breath, life, etc) by breathing into. It is with this definition that we can begin to understand the role of the Holy Spirit as the Author of Scripture.

The Author of Scripture

This role of the Holy Spirit was responsible for inspiring men to author the texts which God would miraculously bring together at a future point as the Old and New Testaments of the Bible.  Literally, the Holy Spirit of God breathed out (inspired) the original scriptures through the individual authors.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.  2 Timothy 3:16-17

The authors were not in some robotic trance-like state where they had no interaction with what was being written.  Rather, the Holy Spirit guided the authors along the way with the very slight breaths of God.  I’ve heard two explanations of this activity and I think both are worth mentioning here.

Like a horse and rider  – The Holy Spirit was at the reins of the authors guiding them this way or that way as they worked through those ancient writings.  Much like a horse is guided by the rider.  There is no question that the reins in the hands of the rider only works because of the submission of the horse.  Travel is made possible by the feet of the horse, guided by the reins of the rider, just like the authoring of the scriptures was made possible by the hands of men guided by the Holy Spirit.

Like a ship sailing on the sea – Perhaps the best example of inspiration is that of a ship sailing on the sea.  A ship with sails set ready but no wind is a ship that simply sets ready.  It doesn’t move.  However, as soon as the wind picks up and inspires the sails, the boat is on its way.  The direction of the wind always dictates the position of the sails and the guidance of the boat.  The authors of the scriptures are the ships with ready sails and the Holy Spirit is the wind.

For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.  2 Peter 1:21

They were imperfect men with inked filled pens that miraculously recorded the words of the Lord.  The author of scripture is the Holy Spirit.

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

2 Comments leave one →
  1. pat turner permalink
    March 15, 2010 10:28 am

    You show some good illustrations in this devotion.


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