The Holy Spirit and the Bible

September 21, 2007 at 10:35 pm (Christian life) (, , , )

Check out these two quotes from two great Biblical counselors.

The Holy Spirit is the Principle Agent Who sanctifies, working in the hearts of all true believers to make them more like Christ. But He does so by means of the Word. A person simply cannot change in ways that are pleasing to God apart from the Word. The Holy Spirit must have His most effective weapon (the Sword of the Spirit) if He is to so change you . . .

I’ve met an astounding number of Christians who believe they can grow in grace apart from regular and continuous time in the Word (i.e., Bible reading, study, memorization, meditation, and active listening to Bible preaching and teaching). At the risk of overstating my argument, let me state it this way: it doesn’t matter how much time you spend in prayer or fasting, in fellowship with other Christians, in ministering or in witnessing to others; if you’re not spending time in God’s Word (or to be more accurate-if God’s Word does not richly dwell in you), you are, for all intents and purposes, handcuffing the Holy Spirit. Oh, it’s not that He is unable to work if you don’t cooperate. It’s that He has not promised to work apart from the Bible. -Lou Priolo from Teach Them Diligently

That the Holy Spirit operates through the Bible is . . . confirmed in that what the Bible is said to do, the Spirit is likewise said to do. For example, each of the four functions of Scripture (listed below) is said to be performed also by the Holy Spirit (in the verses added):

1. “Teaching”: compare 1 John 2:27 (the “anointing” represents the Holy Spirit).

2. “Conviction”: compare John 16:7-11.

3. “Correction”: compare Galatians 6:1; 5:22, 23.

4. “Disciplined training in righteousness”: compare Galatians 5:16-18; Romans 6-8.

In each case, the Spirit works by means of the Bible. -Jay Adams from How People Change


1 Comment

  1. thenonconformer said,

    WE ALL DO NEED to have a right attitudes EVEN to all of leaders, pastors, elders too, and they have to lead by a good personal example too.

    There are several basic, ground rules in proper Bible interpretation that must be followed by all persons now before anyone even attempts to fully study the Holy Scripture. The first rule is pray and ask the Holy spirit to guide you, to teach you.. not rather self, mere men or women.. we should seek first and not last the Holy Spirit for illumination. The Holy Spirit wants to share the treasures of God’s Word with those who rightfully do esteem Him. The most important principle to remember in studying God’s Word is that it can only be understood with the help of the Holy Spirit. Those who approach the Bible without the Holy Spirit to teach them, may gain some insight into truths, their lives, but also will receive no definite, permanent, important life-changing revelation. Bible Commentaries should be used only very sparingly if at all. Even the most anointed man or woman, preacher of God clearly still can be wrong, biased, have a hidden agenda, limited, (or just shallow) in their understanding or interpretation of certain Bible topics, subjects. Do not believe any man or women, rather solely Take God’s word for it.

    “A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth” (Proverbs 14:6)

    Note from semper: for the most part, i agree with your comment and appreciate it. i disagree, however, that we should use commentaries very sparingly if at all. i would say, “don’t just read any old commentary. take time to find out what are the best commentaries available and before reading from a commentary, find out the writer’s purpose for writing the commentary.” thanks again for your comment.

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