Wednesday: The Holy Spirit as Teacher
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The Holy Spirit as Teacher

The Holy Spirit is instrumental not only in giving us the Written Word of God but also in helping us understand it properly. Human beings are darkened in their understanding of truth; they are, by nature, alienated from God (Eph. 4:18). That’s why the same Spirit, who revealed and inspired the Word of God, is … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Holy Spirit and the Truthfulness of Scripture
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Truthfulness of Scripture

While revelation is the supernatural act by which God reveals truth to chosen human beings, inspiration is the activity of the Holy Spirit that safeguards the truthfulness of what the human authors wrote, so that their words have the full approval of God. God hates false witness (Exod. 20:16) and cannot lie (Heb. 6:18). He … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Holy Spirit and Inspiration
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Inspiration

Inspiration is the term used to describe God’s influence through the work of the Holy Spirit in transmitting His message through human instruments. The work of the Holy Spirit in the process of inspiration is the reason we find a fundamental unity in all of Scripture in regard to truth. As the Spirit of Truth … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: The Holy Spirit and Revelation
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Holy Spirit

How does God ensure that His will is faithfully transmitted to fallen human beings? He does this in two major related activities of the Holy Spirit: revelation and inspiration. In the process of revelation, human beings are dependent upon the help of Someone outside of themselves to reveal things to us that we, as created … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: The Spirit and the Word
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Dove and Bible

Read for This Week’s Study: 2 Pet. 1:19-21, 1 Cor. 2:9-13, Ps. 119:160, John 17:17. Memory Text: “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17, … [Click to read more …]

Friday: Further Thought – Some Lessons From Job
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Spectacles on Bible

Through the centuries, the book of Job has thrilled, enlightened, and challenged readers in Judaism, Christianity, and even Islam (which has its own variant of the biblical account). We say challenged because, as we have seen, in and of itself the book leaves many questions unanswered. On one level, this shouldn’t be so surprising. After … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Jesus and Job
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Job looking upwards, three friends

Bible students through the ages have sought to find parallels between the story of Job and the story of Jesus. And though Job is not exactly a “type” of Jesus (as were the animals in the sacrificial system), some parallels do exist. In these parallels we can find another lesson from Job: that of what … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: More than Thorns and Thistles
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Destructive Vices - Sowing Seeds

As we all know, and some know too well, life is hard. Right at Eden, after the Fall, we were given some hints of how hard it would be, when the Lord let our first parents know what some of the results of their transgression would be (see Gen. 3:16–24). These were just hints though. … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: With Friends Like These . . .
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Job's Suffering and the Discouragement of Three Friends

All through the book of Job, the three (and then four) men who came to speak to Job did so with good motives. They had heard what had happened to him, and they came “to mourn with him and to comfort him” (Job 2:11). However, after Job first started speaking, bemoaning the tragedies that befell … [Click to read more …]

Monday: Evil Being
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One of the great questions that has challenged human thinking deals with evil. Though some philosophers and even religionists have denied the existence of evil or think we should at least abandon the term, most people would disagree. Evil is real; it’s a part of this world. Though we can argue over what is or … [Click to read more …]