What an Inspiration!
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
One of the reasons we wrote this devotion is that we love the Bible! We love its stories; we love its truth; we love its revelation about the Father’s heart. But not only do we love it, we trust it – and that is for one simple reason: it was God himself who was the inspiration behind it; God himself who caused it to be written.
How did he do this? First, he inspired the writers. They ‘spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit’ (2 Peter 1:21). The word used for ‘carried along’ was used of a ship carried along on the sea by the wind. That is how the Scriptures were written; the writers, as it were, ‘hoisted their sails’ to the Holy Spirit, and were ‘carried along’ by him, so that what they wrote was exactly what he wanted written. Second, he inspired the writings. The words of Scripture are, our verse for today tells us, the very ‘breath’ of God, timeless truth caught in time by the inspiring work of the Holy Spirit. But then, having done all this, there is a third stage: he inspires the readers – us! For without the Spirit’s help, the Bible remains a ‘closed book’; a fascinating, but not very relevant, piece of ancient literature. But with the Spirit’s help, this book comes alive, as it reveals God’s heart, purposes, and ways, just as God promised it would.
So as you read the Bible, don’t read it just like any other book. What you are reading is drawn from the inspired word of God! God is sharing his heart with you! And as you read it, God promises it will do its work in you – its work of ‘teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness’ – so that you can be ‘thoroughly equipped’ for all the good work that God has for you. Go out today, inspired and strengthened by the word of God.
…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17)
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