In a world filled with information where the Internet offers us countless numbers of books and lists of best sellers in 100s of categories, where are the words from the mouth of God found?
Recently, as I read through the Gospel of John, I was struck by the fact that Jesus regularly mentioned that He didn’t speak His own words, but the words of His Father. Even the Son of God chose to be a conduit of truth that He heard from His heavenly Father. We would be wise to do the same: hear and pass along words from God’s mouth.
There were many sources of truth that Jesus could have quoted or drawn from during His time on Earth. Philosophers and teachers were not in short supply. Why then, did Jesus choose Scripture as His main source of truth? We find the answer to that question in the words of one of Jesus’ closest friends, Peter:
Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit (2 Peter 1:20,21)
My final thought for now, regarding the value, authority, and inspiration of God’s Word, is that we are wise to absorb it and pass it along. As Peter said, it “never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
Friends, if you become a student and master of God’s Word, you’ll never be bored or without a ministry. People need hope, life, and direction. The Holy Spirit’s number one tool is the Word of God.