Matthew R. Perry

The Bible Is Really a Mere Dead Letter

In Devotional on September 2, 2006 at 12:47 pm

“Because our gospel came to you not simply with words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and with deep conviction.” 1 Thes. 1:5

Unaccompanied by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Bible is inactive, inoperative; a mere dead letter!

Apart from the Spirit, it cannot quicken, nor sanctify, or comfort. It may be read constantly, and searched deeply, and known accurately, and understood partially, and quoted appropriately. Yet, left to its own unassisted power, ‘it comes but in word only’, producing no hallowing, no abiding, no saving results.

(Octavius Winslow, “The Holy Spirit Glorifying the Redeemer”)

(HT:  Grace Gems)

  1. Seems to be along the lines of … John 5:39-40 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.

    Without the “quickening” of the Spirit the Word appears only as words on a page. Yes, the Spirit is needed … as He has inspired the writing of the scriptures and now illumines the understanding of the scriptures.

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