July 27th 2010

Ghost Writer

“All scripture is God-breathed and is useful….”
2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)

Ghost writers make big money.

I heard recently of a young sports personality who is likely to make hundreds of thousands of dollars for his biography. The story was that he himself would not write a word – his book would be written by professional “ghost writers”.

The Bible is a bit like that.  The Bible was written by human beings and inspired by the Holy Spirit, who is sometimes called the Holy Ghost. Thus, in the text, not only do we have divinely inspired thoughts and content but we also see the passions, weaknesses and sometimes the faulty research and questionable memory of the authors.

Archaeology has been helpful in establishing that the Bible is consistently historically authentic in its settings it outlines. In other words, the descriptions of places and customs were first hand accounts written by people who lived in or near the time involved.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 is probably the most well known passage connected with inspiration. It discusses the biblical context of inspiration and what it is all about – how inspired Scripture is profitable for the purposes of spiritual teaching, convicting of wrong-doing, and instructing on how to live a holy life.

No matter how we interpret the idea of inspiration, there is no doubt among Christians that God himself through the Holy Spirit was involved in the creation and sanctification of the Bible.

Sometimes we are asked what God wants Christians to do. There is a fairly obvious answer. The Bible was God-breathed. Surely, in wanting to know what God wants, the Bible is the place to start.

Glorious Father, thank you that the Spirit inspired the writing of the Bible, and please help us to be inspired by it to follow you. In Jesus’ name.

Study by SEP staff

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One Response to “July 27th 2010”

  1. Kristi on February 10th, 2012 11:49 am

    The tyapcil Christian concept of the Holy Ghost, if I remember correctly, is that it proceeded forth from Jesus Christ.

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