Moved by the Holy Spirit

So we have the prophetic word made more certain. You do well to pay [close] attention to it as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and light breaks through the gloom and the [k]morning star arises in your hearts.  [l]But understand this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of or comes from one’s own [personal or special] interpretation,  for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. – 2 Peter 1:19-21

Where are promises to be found? Where shall we go to fan the flames of our hope? The prophetic word of Scripture. Do you need encouragement that the day is really going to dawn—that the life of self-control, patience, brotherly affection, and love is really leading to glory? Then go to the Scriptures. Go daily. Go long. Go deep. And when you go, remember this first: these are not the mere words of men; they are the words of God. Seek his meaning and you will find the lamp of hope. – John Piper

 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope and overflow with confidence in His promises. – Romans 15:4

Church Fathers from the earliest time on unanimously regarded the Scriptures as “holy,” “sacred,” and “divine” and therefore as absolutely authoritative, being the very words of God Himself. Thus Clement of Rome advised the Corinthian church, “Look carefully into the Scriptures, which are the true utterances of the Holy Spirit.” The Sacred Scriptures are “the oracles of God.” Clement can thus introduce his quotations from Scripture with the simple formula, “The Holy Spirit says. . . .” Even Paul’s recent Corinthian correspondence is regarded as written “under the inspiration of the Spirit.” – William Craig

The Holy Spirit is infallible. Men who wrote the Books of the Bible did not write their own ideas or doctrines. They were moved or “carried along” by the infallible Holy Spirit. – J.C. O’Hair

This portion of scripture states the two great doctrines concerning the nature of Scripture. The first great doctrine is that the text of the Bible, the content, the very words, are revelation – words from the mind of God, not merely the mind of man. And the second great doctrine is that the way in which the Spirit of God used men to record the words is inspiration men driven by the Holy Spirit.

This indicates that the Holy Spirit carried the human authors when they wrote the Scripture. It was God who moved them. The Holy Spirit was the active agent. The writers were passive in the message, but active in the writing. Ultimately they were writing what the Holy Spirit prompted them to write. – Don Stewart


Moved By The Holy Spirit

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The Holy Spirit’s Role in Inspiration and in Illumination

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Getting To Know The Holy Spirit


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