The Author of Scripture

Today’s message summary of November 10, 2019 from Pastor Gus Brown:

Are you prepared to trust God?  It is easy to accept who He is.  It is much harder to live for Him.  Believing in Him and living for Him require trusting in Him and His Word.

There are times in situations of life where we rely upon His promises to see ourselves through. To rely upon Him is to trust in Him.  Pray to Him that He will help you live your life each day as you look to Him and serve Him.

Life is certainly not easy.  It was not meant to be easy.  In the same way, Scripture is not always as simple to digest.  It is my hope that we can have clarity as we go through this study.

All Scripture is of the Holy Spirit.  When you speak to someone about Jesus Christ, it is of the Holy Spirit.  The bottom line:  If a person is to believe in Jesus Christ, it is not so much about believing your words, but it is all about believing the Holy Spirit.

There are many that still question the Word of God.  The Spirit has to be the One to give insight.

Matthew 15:8-9 ESV

“‘This people honors me with their lips,

    but their heart is far from me;

in vain do they worship me,

    teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”

A person can say he or she believes, but sometimes the actions will not match up with that belief.  The Spirit has to teach that person what it truly means to believe in Jesus.  Believing is not enough.  You have to live for Him.

The one who originates or creates is the originator of that thing.  This person is the only one who can validate or authenticate the truth of what is being presented.  In the same way, the Holy Spirit is the only one who can prove Scripture is true to the hearer.

Prophecy:  a discourse emanating from divine inspiration and declaring the purpose of God.

All prophecy states what God has said.

All testimony concerning Jesus and Scripture is from the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 19:9-10

And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”  Then I fell down at his feet to worship him, but he said to me, “You must not do that!  I am a fellow servant with you and your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God.”  For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

We are to worship no one except Jesus Christ.

As servants of Jesus Christ, we are all in this together.

The word “spirit” in Revelation 19:10 is a breeze (breath), a vital principle, the mental disposition and simple essence.  It is not specifically speaking about the Holy Spirit.

So where is the Holy Spirit referenced in this passage?

The angel is not speaking directly about the Holy Spirit but is speaking indirectly concerning the work of the Holy Spirit (in testimony or witnessing).  The real subject is not about the Holy Spirit but about man not worshiping no one except God.

Question:  Who gave this information to the angel?

There is a longing for understanding of what God was doing concerning man.

1 Peter 1:10-12

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.  It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

Angels are merely God’s messengers.  They were obedient to God in sharing His message, even though they were still learning about the glories to come.  Isaiah and Jeremiah were faithful to share the message of God through prophecy even without complete understanding on their part.

The Spirit of Christ in them was pointing when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories that will follow (v. 11).

The gospel was preached by the Holy Spirit (v. 12).

(The church today is at a crossroads.  It is important for its people to listen to what God is saying instead of just trying to build the church through programs or mere effort.)

God knows everything about you…even what you forget on your own.  He is the one who reveals…and reminds you…of His plan for your life.  It is supported by what is in His Word.

Acts 2:16-18

But this is what was uttered through the prophet Joel:

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh,

and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy,

    and your young men shall see visions,

    and your old men shall dream dreams;

even on my male servants and female servants

    in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.

The pouring out of God’s Spirit involves prophesying in His name.  It is the act of the Holy Spirit.

Numbers 11:25

Then the LORD came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders.  And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied.  But they did not continue doing it.

The Spirit rested on those who prophesied.  It did not occur until the Spirit rested on them.

In contrast, the flesh on its own can never glorify God.

Now let’s go to 2 Peter 1:19-21:

2 Peter 1:19-21

And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation.  For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.

Scripture was not formed through the spirit of man, but only by the Spirit of God–the Holy Spirit.  The Word did not come from the prophets themselves.  Prophesy was not formed from the will of man.  It came from the direction of the Holy Spirit.

Listening to the Holy Spirit will change you for the better.  It is profitable and beneficial to you.

Man could not have done what God has done through the Holy Spirit.

A summary of 2 Peter 1:19-21:

  • We have the word of the prophets through the Holy Spirit.
  • You will do well to pay attention to it.
  • No Scripture came about by the prophets’ own interpretation.
  • Prophecy never had its origin in the will of man.
  • Man spoke only through the inspired Word by the Holy Spirit.

If you love Jesus, you will desire to learn more about Him.

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