The owner of a large company is about to go on a trip, but first he has to leave some instructions that will have to be carried out in his absence. He calls in his secretary and dictates a memo to her. She is to see that everyone receives and carries out all of the instructions.
In the memo: “Monday, these two people; John and James are to be fired for sleeping on the job.
Production and sales are down, therefore in two-weeks: 25 people will have to be laid off starting with the lowest seniority first.
Beginning next Monday, everyone will have to start working ten-hour shifts.”
The owner then signs the memo and tells the secretary to make sure everyone gets a copy and then he leaves for his trip.
Now, when everyone reads the memo, whose authority is being carried out as John and James are being fired? By what authority does the secretary have to tell everyone that they have to work the long hours? The secretary wrote the memo, but who is in authority? Is everyone going to blame the secretary or the owner? Even though the secretary wrote the letter, the signature is the owners; therefore, it’s as if he himself was the writer. He may not have been the one who had actually wrote it, but he is the author!
Likewise, when we read the Bible, men may have pinned it or wrote it, but God inspired it to be written, he is the author. These faithful men acted much like secretaries, writing as The Holy Spirit gave them what to write or record.
When we understand that the Bible isn’t just something that man wrote, but rather something that God inspired, then the Bible rises far above any other writing; it becomes the very Word from God and it is to carry his authority, just as if he had spoken the words directly to us.
Prophecy is likened to the signet ring placed on the sealing wax of a sealed document, it reveals where the document came from and it’s much like God’s signature; only he knows the end from the beginning and there are many prophecies that were fulfilled long after these writers wrote what they wrote. These fulfilled prophecies give proof of an all-knowing God and his inspiration upon the writer. It gives proof to the authority that the Bible carries.
Understanding this fact; that God is behind the writing of scripture is what inspires faith and trust in God. It removes speculation and doubt about what God wants of us, it allows us to know God’s will in and for our lives.
Take the next few days thinking about that. If the Bible is the very word from God, then how should that affect your life from this day forward?
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: (2 Timothy 3:16 KJV)
For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. (2 Peter 1:21 KJV)”