The Role of the Spirit in the Writing and Reading of Scripture (Mon., Feb 22)

The word of the day is “Spirit.”  Today’s reading of 2 Peter 1:20-2:19 explains why the apostle could say that the word of prophecy is a trustworthy lamp to guide us in our dark world (2 Peter 1:19).  He writes, “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” (vs. 20).  Thus, the apostle confirms that the words of the prophets are wholly reliable.  But is our reading of the same words equally dependable? A Message Not from Human Persons The apostle points out that we can trust the prophets’ word because their message did not come…