Dr. Danny Campbell
This young convert was deeply impressed and determined to make these the rules of his life. From that day onward throughout his life he made it a rule to spend the first moments of his day alone with God and God's Word. Before he read a letter, looked at a paper or even read a telegram, he went first to the Bible, that the first impression of the day might be what he got directly from God.
- Series: The Spirit-Filled Life
- Scripture: 2 Peter 1:19-21
God of our Illumination
When the child of God
looks into the word of God
and sees the Son of God,
they are transformed by the Spirit of God
into the image of God
for the glory of God!
The Holy Spirit is always working within believers to illuminate the Bible. He worked through the human authors who wrote it. He was working around you when you were first exposed to biblical truth, drawing you to salvation in Christ. He is working within you now to apply the Bible in your life!
Read 2 Peter 1:19-21
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts; knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. -2 Peter 1:19-21
“The Holy Spirit’s basic job is to make God’s truth come alive inside of us!” -Tony Evans, One Church Under God, page 90
The Holy Spirit is the ultimate Author of the Bible
All Scripture is given by inspiration OF God (Literally, ‘God-breathed’), and is profitable for doctrine (what you should believe), for reproof (what you should not believe), for correction (how you should not behave), for instruction in righteousness (how you should behave), that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16-17
The Holy Spirit is the believer’s constant Helper in applying the Bible.
If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever – the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. -John 14:15-17
These things I have spoken to you while being present with you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you. -John 14:25-26
Or do you think the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”? -James 4:5
I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. However, when He, the Spirit of Truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. -John 16:13-14
For the word of God is living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account. -Hebrews 4:12-13
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of the Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in Heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man. -Ephesians 3:14-16
And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation (a waste), but be filled with the Spirit. -Ephesians 5:18
The way filling of the Spirit happens is to spend some time abiding in Jesus. First be flushed of sin through humble confession and repentance. Then let that ‘abiding’ lead to ‘a-doing’ what the Spirit impresses on you from the Bible.
I am the Vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. -John 15:5
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. -Galatians 5:22-23a