Post by henrythee3rd on Aug 4, 2013 19:26:48 GMT -5
Hi Pastor Mike, I've heard of people saying, "Rely on the Holy Spirit to uncover what you don't understand in the Bible," and I know it's okay to ask questions to other people, but is there a point where we should be like "God, you alone, teach me this"? not through other people, but just Him? I guess I'm kind of thinking of this as a clear understanding coming , but what is the role of Holy Spirit when it comes to a believer reading the word?
Post by Mike Miller on Aug 12, 2013 11:09:28 GMT -5
Sorry for the delayed answer. I just got back from vacation.
Your question is terrific. According to Scripture, one role of the Holy Spirit is to help us understand Scripture (John 14:25-26; 1 Corinthians 2:12-13). As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit, and He opens our minds to understand the things of God. However, God also placed us in community. Not only has He given us teachers (Ephesians 4:11-14), but we are to help one another know, understand, and obey Scripture (Colossians 3:16).
The bottom line is that the Holy Spirit is absolutely necessary for our understanding and applying Scripture. He opens our minds as we read and meditate on Scripture, and He uses teachers and other Christians in the church to help us as well.