The Holy Spirit and the Bible

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : 2 Peter 1:16-21

“For no prophecy recorded in Scripture was ever thought up by the prophet himself. It was the Holy Spirit within these godly men who gave them true messages from God” (vv. 20-21, lb). Perhaps Peter is remembering the last words of David the king, recorded in 2 Samuel 23, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue” (v. 2, rsv). Or perhaps he was thinking of Jeremiah who in chapter 20:9 said, “I won’t speak any more in the name of the Lord. But his word is like a burning fire inside me so that I can’t hold it in.”

When Jesus told his disciples that the Holy Spirit would bring to the disciples’ remembrance everything he had taught them (John 14:25-26), he is saying the same thing about the four Gospels.

You and I can trust the Bible. “All Scripture is God-breathed, inspired by God,” Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16, (niv). God, the Holy Spirit, spoke through Moses, the Prophets, the Gospels, the Epistles, through the entire Bible, for our training in righteousness.

In both the best and worst of times, we can rest our faith in the God who has spoken in his Word.


Thank you, Father, for your Holy Word, which tells us of your Son Jesus and his victory over Satan and all his forces. It assures us of your presence with us here and now and through all eternity. In Jesus’ name. Amen.