Day 2 Devo - Correct Interpretation

All Scripture is God-breathed ...  (2 Timothy 3:16a)

The word breathed in the verse above is the same verb pneo which we studied this week, meaning "to breathe or to blow." Pneo is the root word from which we derive the name of the Holy Spirit, the noun Pneuma. The words God-breathed mean God-Spirited!

Before the Word of God became a man and dwelt among us, the Word was revealed to men by God's Spirit. After Jesus was ascended to the Father again in His glory, the Spirit continued Jesus' work in the New Testament by revealing God's Word through the men He had chosen.

... men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:21b)

Today the Spirit reveals God's living Word to us through His written Word in the Bible. The Spirit testifies of Jesus Christ (John 15:26) and reveals Him to us as we read His Word. The Holy Spirit glorifies Jesus Christ as He shows us new and wonderful treasures from Him. (John 16:14). The Spirit Himself teaches us and guides us into all truth (John 14:25-26; 16:13).

Because the Holy Spirit is the giver of Scripture, only He can interpret God's Word correctly. God's perfect wisdom makes no sense to the unspiritual person. Attempting to understand His ways by our own powers of natural reasoning will often lead us farther from the truth.

Point to Ponder:

We must always rely on the Spirit to lead us as we study God's Word. If we allow the Spirit to guide us as our teacher and interpreter, we will not be deceived! He will lead us into all truth, and show us the correct way to apply the things we have learned. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal the transforming glory of Jesus Christ to us through His Words of eternal life.