The Holy Spirit Makes The Bible Come Alive


It has been said that the Bible is the only book where we can speak to the author as we read it and this is vital for our study of God’s word. Yet there is another truth that far outweighs this and that is that God speaks to us as we read, it is this fact that causes us to talk to the author in the first place. as with all things pertaining to our salvation the initiative is with God, this another aspect of the continuing work of God’s grace in our lives.

The Holy Spirit is the one who applies the fruit of salvation to our hearts and he does so primarily by making the word of God come alive to us, he alone can do this because he is the one who inspired the Bible in the first place. The bible is the only book that we can read year after year and not get bored with it and that is because the Holy spirit makes it alive to us. If we look at the Bibles teaching about itself we do not find an abstract theology but rather a dynamic view of the Bible’s application to our lives. In an experiential way most of us recognize the Bible’s authority first of all because we have heard God’s speaking to us. It is only after this that we see the importance of having a theology that backs up that experience. We need good theology that tells us about the authority of the word of God but unless we see that the authority of god’s word has a practical relevance for us, the Bible becomes a sterile book. a close study of Psalm 119 and 2 Tim 3: 14 -17 confirm this.  Meditate on this passage for a few moments and you will see how practical the authority of God’s word is.

      But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15     and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16     All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17     so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Ti 3:14–17)..

Notice that for the apostle Paul the inspiration and authority of scripture is not a matter of theory but rather this is the book the Holy Spirit has inspired so that we will come to know the Saviour and to be equipped to live a Godly life.

When you open your Bible ask God to speak to you and he will because he has given the bible for that very purpose. If you are not convinced read the whole of Psalm 119 and you will be’

About pneumaandlogos

David Rollings was born in Luton in1949 and raised by my Christian parents in the Gospel Standard Strict Baptist denomination( Hyper-Calvinistic} in the sixties I rebelled against this background and got involved in left-wing politics. I became a Christian in 1969 and soon started reading Francis Schaeffer's books and came to embrace a Christian Worldview. I had the privilege of being on the staff of L'Abti Fellowship from1975 - 1979. After L'abri I studied at London School of Theology where I gained my BA.(1983) A few years later I studied for my MA by distance learning with The Nazarene Theological College Manchester (1999) For the last 22 years, I have been an elder of Shoreham-by-Sea Baptist Church. I also regularly attend the Christian Doctrine Study Group of the Tyndale Fellowship.
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