God Carried Men Along – Promises From God’s Word 6.23.2011

2 Peter 1:21 “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.”

The Bible is not a product of man’s own imagination and intelligence. The Bible is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16), it contains all we need for life and godliness (1 Peter 1:3-4), and here we also find out that God carried men along by the Holy Spirit and that what they wrote was not a product of their own imagination and intelligence but instead it is the perfect pure Word of God. This is very important because we need to know the source of our hope and faith. If our faith and hope is built on a Bible produced by sinful fallible men then our hope is in vain. But, if our hope is in a God who conveys His truth by moving men along to write down His word using their own personalities, styles, and life experience then we have a great hope, because the author is not a fallible men but instead an infallible, perfect, holy God. This is a great promise, our Bibles are truly God’s Word to us and we can trust what they say because we can trust God.

2 Peter 1:21 “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.”

What does it mean to be “carried along by the Holy Spirit”?

“carried along”
Greek: φερόμενοι
Translit: pheromenoi
Parsing: VPNPMPP— Verb, Participle, Nominative, Plural, Masculine, Present, Passive
Gloss: to bring, bear, carry; lead

Notice that the tense of the word is passive, in other words they were being acted upon they were not doing the action. God was the active agent in the production of the Bible not man. Here are some other places in the New Testament where this word is used for further study.

to bear, carry,, Mk. 2:3; to bring, Mt. 14:11, 18; to conduct, Mt. 17:17; Jn. 21:18; to bear, endure, Rom. 9:22; Heb. 12:20; 13:13; to uphold, maintain, conserve, Heb. 1:3; to bear, bring forth, produce, Mk. 4:8; Jn. 12:24; 15:2; to bring forward, advance, allege, Jn. 18:29; Acts 25:7; 2 Pet. 2:11; to offer, ascribe, Rev. 21:24, 26; absol. used of a gate, to lead, Acts 12:10; pass. to be brought within reach, offered, 1 Pet. 1:13; to be brought in, to enter, Heb. 9:16; to be under a moving influence, to be moved, 2 Pet. 1:21; mid. to rush, sweep, Acts 2:2; to proceed, come forth, have utterance, 2 Pet. 1:17, 18, 21; to proceed, make progress, Heb. 6:1; used of a ship, to drive before the wind, Acts 27:15, 17


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