Scripture Is The Word Of God In Human Language

All scripture is a matter of divine revelation. Paul’s point here is that God is the author and, he, Paul, like all of the other human writers of the scriptures, is merely the human collaborator, the instrument that God is using to make known his wisdom. Scripture, in essence then, is the word of God in human language. The prophetic word in scripture comes through human beings, but is moved by the Holy Spirit. It is not from their own inspiration. It is not a matter of personal “interpretation,” rather, it is influenced directly by God.

This is our faith as Christians. This is why the scriptures are so important to our faith and our knowledge of God and for understanding our relationship to God, as well as our purpose in this life. This is why we are introduced to it early in the home and in church, and why we then commit ourselves to ponder over it throughout the rest of our lives. God’s word is a living word. This is why it is always useful in every day and in every age. It is not a matter of antiquity, nor is it merely a piece of classical literature. It is as rich and true today as it has always been, and always will be. That is why Paul can tell us that it is good for teaching us about God and ourselves. Because it is God’s word, it is, was, and always will be true. This is why it can be used to refute falsehoods, and to give reproof to those who are false prophets.

Because the scriptures are the revelation of God’s wisdom, they are, then, useful for teaching us about God, about his nature, and our own. The scriptures teach us about the saving power of his love for us and all of his creation. They teach us what it means to be a child of God and about what it means to be a disciple of his Son.

God gave us both intellect and will. This is why Paul can say that the scriptures are useful for teaching. In studying the scriptures, in meditating on them and applying them to our own lives, our own circumstances, we increase our understanding of God and his ways. They also teach us how to discern the difference between what is good and what is evil. The more we learn and know the good, the more we are able to refute evil, and to live the good openly in our daily lives. The more we know of God’s wisdom and righteousness, the more we are then able to choose to live toward that same righteousness in our own daily lives. In the final analysis, they teach us how to love one another in the way that God has loved us.

Lord, turn our eyes, our minds, and our hearts toward you in and through our daily meditation on your word in the scriptures. Increase our desire to know you, to love you, and to serve you, and our neighbors. Give us the graces we need to become good and faithful servants of your love in this life. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.