Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation of things. For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. 2 Peter 1:20-21
The Bible is the word of God, yet we know human authors wrote each book of the Bible. How can these both be true? 2 Peter 1 answers that the Bible has dual authorship. Human authors were often eyewitnesses to the things they wrote about. Their personality, education and specific writing styles come out in their words. God uses engaged, thinking human authors to write the Bible based on their experiences. Even the prophets were human but spoke from God.
At the same time, we can say that these are God’s words. The divine author, God himself, uses human authors to convey what he wants to say. 2 Peter tells us the human authors were “carried along by the Holy (God’s) Spirit.” That means that God is speaking in the Bible.
This can shake us up. The Bible contains the words God wanted us to have. There are times each of us just left the Bible behind to gather dust on the shelf. Our attitude would probably change if we took to heart that the words in the Bible are God’s words for us today. We would develop hearts that yearn to read and understand it better each day. Watch this video clip as Pastor Jeff talks about four words we can say when considering God speaks to us.
IN YOUR CHAIR TIME TODAY
Find a quiet place to pray. Thank God for giving and speaking to us through the Bible. Ask God to grow a heart in you that longs for his words. A heart drawing to, desiring to understand and changing with each interaction with it.
2022 BIBLE MEMORY PRACTICE
Develop spiritual roots and tap in the power of God’s word by memorizing monthly a Bible verse! View previous verses at beyondtheweekend.org/biblememorypractice.
Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
Download a printable PDF of the BTW week here.