God’s Holy Ghost-Writers
Judging the attitude of the heart…
May 11th, 2019
Scripture is one of the most powerful resources we have. Regardless of how you access it. Be it printed on pages of a physical book, displayed on a digital device, imbedded in the words of a song or imprinted on our hearts and minds; God’s Word goes beyond men’s attempt to interpret the thoughts of God. It is God conveying his Word to humanity.
The Bible is constantly under attack which makes perfect sense if this gift from God is the very words of God recorded by his servants ‘word for word’. The men that wrote the books of the Bible shouldn’t really be considered the ‘authors’ of those books. The real author is God himself and each of the people we attribute the writings to are nothing more than God’s ghost-writers. Maybe a better way to state it would be that they are ‘God’s Holy Ghost-Writers’
All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (CSB)
Faith in the God of the Bible, depends on the reliability of the words of the scripture. Each one is placed there for a specific purpose, serving as illustration, reference, directive, command, and historical record. If the scripture is going to be truly valuable to us, we must believe in it completely, just as we must believe completely in the grace of Jesus for salvation. The two concepts are inseparable.
Separating God’s Word from our faith is as fatal as separating Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins from salvation. We can’t get to latter when we negate the prior. Just as our salvation rides on the grace provided by Jesus’ death for our sins on the cross; Faith in God is predicated on the faithfulness of God’s Word to God’s Heart.
Without the Word of God and our reliance in its authority, we are left ill-equipped to resist the attacks of the enemy of God.
If Satan can convince us that the Word of God is not actually the ‘Words’ of God, he has won the first round in the battle for our hearts and minds.
For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
Hebrews 4:12 (CSB)
As we rely on the Holy Spirit to teach us the content of these words God has given us, we find an amazing ability for these words to ferret out sin in our hearts and clarity to our intentions. It would be the rare believer that cannot reflect back to a point at which the Word of God has brought an understanding of what is right and good, verses what is wrong and evil.
The other thing that is different from every other written work in existence is the fact that the scripture is the only body of text that is actually ‘living’. This ability allows the Word of God to speak to issues and matters that might be thought to be outside of the scope of a manuscript that was authored thousands of years ago.
Another attack of the enemy on the Word of God is when he attempts to convince people that God’s Word doesn’t apply to modern issues because this is now, that was then. Because the Word is living it has application now just as much as what it did the day it was penned.
My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing.
Psalms 22:15-18 (CSB)
This passage written by David in the Book of Psalms is documented to have been written generations before the birth of Jesus. It represents more than a mere type and shadow of the coming Messiah. It describes in excruciating detail, the suffering of Christ Jesus on the cross for our sins.
How did David know to write this description of the suffering Lord that would come out of his own bloodline? It would be impossible for an uninspired author to write these words without direction from an ultimately authoritative source.
If God’s Spirit intervened and inspired David to write this account of the crucifixion of the Messiah in such detail, then it’s not a giant leap of faith to then resolve that every word of The Word, is worthy of our full faith and trust.
Carnal man is constantly trying to debunk the Biblical accounts of history by injecting content that isn’t present in the Scriptural record.
There is a television program called Ancient Aliens. Spoiler Alert! – I’ll save you the trouble of watching it and tell you what the program is all about. This series constantly seeks to explain scripture along with other historical documents as ancient man’s misinterpretation of alien visitation to our world, as being God and acts of gods.
Ask yourself, ‘If God can inspire his ghost writers to pen historical events in scripture that precisely describe accounts that will take place hundreds of years in the future in exact detail, what room does that give for this misinterpretation to have any validity whatsoever?
Prophetic text in the scripture debunks modern man’s explanation of historical references in the scripture completely.
In those days there was no king in Israel; everyone did whatever seemed right to him.
Judges 17:6 (CSB)
This abuse of God’s Word has been around for as long as God’s words have been recorded. In Judges when there was a lack of an authority figure (the king) the people made conclusions based on their own experience and bias, regarding what was right and what wasn’t.
This continues to this day as humanity has cast off God as the authority in their lives. As a result, they have disregarded the content of His Word. Then when faced with incomprehensible events in history and real-time, they seek to clarify their incorrect assumptions by seeking to modify and explain away content in the Word of God.
Take the Creation Event.
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
Genesis 1:1 (CSB)
The scripture makes no bones about God completing the creation of the universe and everything in it in only six days. Reference after reference in the opening chapters of Genesis you see the notation that…
There was an evening, and there was a morning: one day.
Genesis 1:5b (CSB)
This depicts a 24-hour day. “Old Earth creationism”, attempts to take the reference that one day to God is like 1,000 years as a useful adaptation of the scripture to fit in the modern evolutionary development of earth and the universe. But the passage in Peters writing isn’t saying anything of the sort!
Dear friends, don’t overlook this one fact: With the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
2 Peter 3:8 (CSB)
What Peter was pointing to, is the difference of perspective God has for time verses what our experience is as entities existing ‘in time’ see it. Let me explain this a little.
God created time itself. God being eternal, always being and always will be has no real use for time. Temporal entities require time to exist, so, God in that first day of creation created time right along with the heavens and earth. Because the universe, the earth and everything that was being placed on the earth was all temporal and not eternal, God needed to have a place to put his new creation.
Within that bubble of time, there is a linear progression of events. God see’s all of those events in their entirety. We only see those events as they unfold before us. To God, our birth, life and physical death all appear in the same framework at the same time, because for God there is only one time, NOW.
Therefore, God’s Now can be this very second or billions and billions of years. It is all contained in that space-time bubble he created in the beginning.
But the inspired Word of God for our reference included a morning and an evening as each of the days of creation.
“Old Earth Creation” is a device created by man to explain scripture in the context of what is only what man attempts to understand about the origin of species. It is a lie!
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, and yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (CSB)
There is far too much information to convey in a small article like this devotional. We’ve only skimmed the surface. To do this topic complete justice it would require literally volumes of content. Many have written books regarding the Word of God.
We don’t have that luxury.
What I want you to take away from this devotional is the validity of the Word of God. Because just as God is Love. God doesn’t just possess love, he IS love; Jesus IS the Word. If we have faith in Jesus, then we must therefore attribute that faith to The Word of God, because it is him who we place our faith and hope.
God’s gift to us was His Son. His Son’s gift to us is His Word!
In the Grace of Jesus!