The Holy Spirit and the Bible
Do you read the Bible under the guidance of the Holy Spirit? Do you ask Him to give you wisdom and understanding? The Holy Spirit is the Author who speaks, illuminates, and enlightens His Word. Without the Holy Spirit, the Bible may be misinterpreted and/or misunderstood, even by Christians. Therefore, the necessity of His presence should not be neglected in our daily Bible reading and studying.
Christians are to walk in the Spirit and be filled with the Spirit- Galatians 5:16 KJV and Ephesians 5:18 KJV. The mood and tense of these instructions are in the present tense and are active. It takes a daily discipline and pursuit of the believer to walk after the Holy Spirit, as our inclination is to walk after the flesh. By biblical analogy, it is compared to the Shekinah glory of God’s divine presence during Israel’s journey in the wilderness. The Israelites saw it as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night in Exodus 40:34-38 KJV.
Why should a New Testament Christian walk in the Spirit and experience the filling of the Spirit? Mainly, it is God’s will for each born-again believer to do so. It is how Jesus Christ is honored and glorified in and through us, which is to be the goal of every child of God. To walk in the Spirit and live out biblical truths in our daily lives is only possible because we have the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. Secondly, the Bible says in Galatians 5:16 KJV, “This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” We are no longer to walk after the flesh but after the Spirit, according to Romans 8:1 KJV, as we have been bought with the highest price, Jesus Christ’s own precious blood.
The Bible says in Colossians 3:16 KJV, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly with all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Being filled with the Holy Spirit and being filled with the Word of Christ are congruent. The Holy Spirit and the Scripture are always in agreement. Therefore, when we read and study the Bible, the Holy Spirit uses the truth of the Scripture to fill us with the reality of who He is and how He works in our lives. He can fill us truly because we truly know Him.
To walk in the Spirit means to live by the truth of Christ – biblical truth. Are you walking in Him today?