The Bible, as we all know, is the book of Jesus Christ. Open its pages where you will, begin to read, and before long the figure of the Saviour will rise up before you. Old Testament and New in their several parts: law, history, poetry, prophecy, gospels, epistles—Christ is the key to them all. We have only to recall that arresting comment in Luke’s Gospel which describes how our risen Saviour walked with the two travelers to Emmaus that first Easter afternoon and, “beginning with Moses and all the prophets, he interpreted to them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” That was the Master’s method of understanding the Scriptures, and only as we make it ours shall we understand them too. From Genesis to the Revelation, the Bible is the book of Jesus Christ.
Important as that is, we must never forget that the Bible is also the book of the Holy Spirit. Paul called it “the sword of the Spirit.” Our present study explores the special relationship between the Holy Spirit and the Scriptures.
We see it first with respect to the inspiration of the Scriptures. With one voice the biblical authors claim a divine character for their writings. Although their distinctive powers of personality were fully employed in producing the sacred volumes, a divine influence energized and presided over them. We must not, however, limit this inspiration to the authors, for it extended beyond them to their writings as well. “All Scripture is inspired by God.” Although we may speak of the sacred historians, prophets, poets, and apostles as inspired men, we fall short of the truth until we see that the Scriptures themselves were directly inspired by God. To His sovereign influence we must ultimately attribute not only the thoughts and ideas ...1
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