Q&A: The Holy Spirit's Work to Write Scripture

The Holy Spirit's Work to Write Scripture

How did the Holy Spirit interact with human authors to write Scripture?

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We read in the Bible that the human authors interacted with the Holy Spirit in order to bring about the Scriptures as we know them. There are many places where that's referred to in the New Testament, but perhaps most obviously is in 2 Peter chapter 1 where Peter talks about the light shining in a dark place, speaking about God's revelation, and then goes on to say in verse 21, "For prophesy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit." And you see there something of the interaction between humanity — man being carried along — and the Holy Spirit who is doing the driving, and we have in the Scriptures — fully human words and fully divine words. So, it's that the words written by a human being, because of God's intervention, become Spirit-filled, illuminated, inspired, infallible words for our benefit.

Answer by Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert

Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert is Senior Pastor of Christ Church Virginia Water, England, and the former Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.