And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, 20 knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. 21 For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. – 2 Peter 1:19-21
A friend loaned me a book called The Investor’s Bible several years ago. It was informative, insightful, and well-researched. I learned some important principles, strategies, and tactics by reading the book. I suspect, however, that there are other investment advisors and theories which might be as helpful and beneficial as the one my friend loaned me. There must be also other kinds of bibles: the Hunter’s Bible? The Woodworker’s Bible? The Quilter’s Bible? Who knows how many there are?
There is, however, only one truly Holy Bible – the collection of the writings of the prophets, apostles, evangelists and other servants of God who were guided in their work and who spoke for God. This Holy Bible has been vetted, tested, challenged, revered, fought over, read, marked, and inwardly-digested over the years to people’s great joy and profound blessing.
Peter speaks of this in terms of the reliability of the Scriptures by saying that those who offered their wisdom and prophetic messages were not under their own influence; they were under the influence of the Holy Spirit – carried along in their prophetic work by God.
There are those who misuse Scripture and confuse God’s people. Whoever would disrupt, cause doubt, or turn people away from God’s word has his own agenda. But God’s purpose is to bring us to faith in Jesus and through faith, have life in His name.
The more the Bible has been examined and tested, the more reliable it has been proven to be. To that end, I say that the Bible is not only inerrant (without error; which is important enough), but also infallible (which is even more important: incapable of leading us astray). When you follow the teaching of the Bible, you will be led to Christ, and by Christ you will be led to eternal life. All this because the Holy Spirit has worked in Peter’s life, and yours and mine.
How precious is this book divine by inspiration given!