This is the latest in a series of excerpts from “What Every Christian Should Know About the Trinity”, published by MBC’s High Street Press (visit highstreet.press).
The Holy Spirit is the primary agent through which the Scriptures have come to us. He supervised the thoughts and words of the prophets and apostles so that what they wrote were the very words of God.
In a previous column we looked at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and 2 Peter 1:20-21. These two passages are key to our understanding of the Bible as the expired Word of God given to men led by the Holy Spirit.
But in addition to these verses, the Bible reveals other ways the Holy Spirit works with the Father and the Son to confirm Bible truths. Here are some examples :
Ezekiel 2:1-2 – “He [the Lord] said to me, ‘Son of man, arise and I will speak to you.’ As he spoke to me, the Spirit entered me and lifted me to my feet, and I listened to him who spoke to me.
The same Spirit of God that energizes the wheels of the chariot (Ezekiel 1:12, 19; 10:16-17) now enters Ezekiel and provides him with the strength necessary to carry out his prophetic ministry. This same Spirit oversees the words of the prophet as recorded in the book bearing his name.
The Spirit appears with “the likeness of the glory of the Lord” (1:28). This is perhaps a rare vision of the preincarnate Christ. Or, at the very least, it’s a veiled view of Yahweh on his heavenly throne.
Matthew 10:19-20 – Jesus said to his apostles, “But when they betray you, do not worry about how or what you must speak. For you will be given what to say at that hour, for it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks through you.
As Jesus prepares his apostles for the hatred and persecution of the world, he assures them that “the Spirit of your Father” will give them the words to speak. And the Spirit does just that when he dwells in them (John 14:17), fills them (Acts 4:8) and testifies of Jesus through them (John 15:26-27).
John 16:13-15 – Jesus assures his disciples, “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. For he will not speak on his own, but he will say whatever he hears. He will also tell you what is to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. Everything the Father has is mine. This is why I told you that he takes what is mine and that he will announce it to you.
Here we see the Holy Spirit working in perfect harmony with the Father and the Son to guide the followers of Jesus so that their words are the very words of God. The CSB Study Bible notes: “The ministry of the Spirit to guide the followers of Jesus into all truth will fulfill the psalmists’ desire for guidance from God (Ps. 25:4-5; 43:3; 86 :11; 143:10). Isaiah recounted how God led his people through the wilderness by the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 63:14) and foretold God’s renewed leadership in the future (Isaiah 43:19).
Hebrews 3:7-11 – “Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says: Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as in rebellion, in the day of trial in the wilderness, where your fathers tried me, tried me, and I saw my works for forty years. That’s why I was angry with this generation and said, ‘They always go astray in their hearts and they have not known my ways.’ So I swore in my anger, ‘They shall not enter into my rest.’”
The author of Hebrews quotes Psalm 95 and attributes the words to the Holy Spirit. Together, the psalmist and the voice of Yahweh make it clear that if the punishment for disobeying the law were severe, then the punishment for rejecting the gospel would be far worse.
The Bible we hold in our hands is a gift from the Triune God. It is a special revelation from the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, telling us who they are, who we are, what is wrong with the world, and what God has done, is doing, and will do about it. Where the Bible speaks, God speaks. And there’s more.
While the Bible was completed some two thousand years ago and survives in thousands of well-preserved manuscript copies, we can take comfort in knowing that the Bible is not simply a collection of flimsy historical documents kept in archives. climate controlled. He is “alive and active” (Heb. 4:12).
Think about it: even though the last of the Scriptures was written nearly two thousand years ago, the God who spoke His Word continues to speak to us through it.
His Word guides us, convicts us of sin, comforts us, bases the truth on history, warns us, points us to Jesus, and tells us how the world ends. No other book claims the Bible, and no other book—neither the Quran, nor the Book of Mormon, nor any other purportedly inspired writing—can stand the tests of history, archaeology, textual criticism, of prophetic fulfillment or the power to change human hearts as the Bible does.
God revealed himself to all in creation and consciousness. Additionally, the Trinitarian Divinity has collaborated to deliver a love letter to humanity through the miracle of the Word of God. (This concludes our series of chronicles on the Trinity.)