How’s your memory of everything you said or heard last year? Have you ever wondered how the evangelists and apostles could remember all the things God wanted them to remember as they wrote the New Testament Scriptures? Jesus answers this in our Gospel lesson in John 14: “The Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”
The New Testament is not a collection of half-mistaken memories. “Men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit,” says Peter in his second epistle. “All Scripture is God-breathed,” says Paul to Timothy. And again, said Paul to the Corinthians: “We speak…in words taught by the Spirit.” “The Scripture cannot be broken,” said Jesus. And again, prayed Jesus, “Sanctify them through Your truth, Your word is truth.”
Let the world scoff. We maintain without apology that the Bible is verbally inspired – that every word comes from God’s mouth – and verbally inerrant – without mistakes. This is the Holy Spirit’s gift to us – the gift without which we could never know Jesus and what He has done for us. Have you read the Good Book lately?