Inspired by God
by Jim Hughes
“Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves, or because they wanted to prophesy. It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.” – II Peter 1:20-21 (NLT)
Two things must clearly be understood here. One thing is that no part of God's Word comes from human origin. All Scripture comes from the heart and mind of God. God has told us everything He wants us to know about life and need to know.
There is so much more He could have told us, but it is not for us to know now. Perhaps someday He will reveal more things to us, but not now. There will always be a limit on what we will know and understand because we are not God, but we can be sure of this: The Scriptures are absolutely true from beginning to end because they come from God himself.
The other thing we must understand is that God was absolutely in control of the revelation process. The writers of the Scriptures did not write because they wanted to do it; they were compelled by God to do it. God determined who would write and when it would be done. He determined how it would be done and what would be said. By His direction alone we have the Scriptures. They are God's complete revelation, and they are completely true. Period.
God used people to write His Word. They wrote through the filter of their own personalities and the times in which they lived. God guided them in what to say but allowed them to say it in their own unique ways.
God is responsible for the content of the Scriptures and we are responsible for our obedience to it. God makes known to us what we need to know. Some parts of it are beyond our understanding and we accept those parts as truth simply because God said it.
It is fruitless and exasperating to try to come up with answers to questions that God has not clearly made known to us. There will always be disagreements and discussions over things that are hidden in the wisdom and knowledge of God. We waste our time debating things that can be understood differently as long as it doesn’t involve the redeeming work of Christ at Calvary.
What we cannot resolve we accept by faith, agree to disagree agreeably with others, and get on with the business of the Kingdom. We must stop pointless debates over our disagreements while the world is plunging deeper and deeper into sin and going to hell.
What we need to know for our faith walk, the Lord will make it known to us.
Each day that the Lord tarries draws us closer to His return. Let us be faithful to Him and faithful in our witness for Him that all who would be saved will be saved and not perish.
About the Author
I am a retired pastor having served the church mainly as a bi-vocational pastor for over 40 years. I have been married for over 40 years and we have two married children and a single son. I have an online ministry, posting daily devotionals and tweeting on faith and marriage.
I have authored a series of devotional books covering every book of the Bible and several marriage books.
Readers can visit my webpage. I tweet at 4248 and I post devotionals at my blog and on Facebook. You can read Jim’s “Sunday Inspiration” column on the 4th Sunday each month here at Mustard Seed Sentinel.