The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth

Lately, I’ve read quite a few folks trying to separate the Holy Spirit from the Holy Word. They write things like, “The Bible, although Spirit-breathed through human vessels, isn’t the WORD in the most official sense. The WORD is Jesus Himself.”

Here we have a smiling wolf-y argument masking sheep’s blood. “The Holy Spirit spoke the Bible, but there’s a problem. It’s not all of God’s Word, only Jesus is.” To this writer, the Holy Spirit speaks in other ways besides the Bible.

To which we must say plainly and publicly: “False.”

It is false, not because we love controversy, but because we love the freeing truth that the Bible teaches:

  • 2 Samuel 23:2 and Zechariah 4:6 teach that, when God speaks, the Spirit is powerfully present.
  • John 15:26 – “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” The Spirit of truth speaks from the Father about Jesus.
  • John 16:13-14 – “When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”
  • John 17:7 – “Sanctify them in truth; Your word is truth.” Jesus wants the disciples to know the Scriptures (“the truth”) and that truth will set them free to love and holiness.
  • Ephesians 6:17 says that the sword of the Spirit is the “word of
    God.” Surely that can’t mean we’re to take Jesus into our hands and
    swing Him around against sin – it means that we appropriate His power by
    the written words of Scripture.
  • 2 Timothy 3:16 – “All Scripture is breathed out by God.” The word here for “God-breathed” has the word for “spirit” in it. The Scripture is “God-Spirit-ed.” God spoke through the Spirit, and that is the Scripture.

Across the Bible, God has a high view of His Word. Though many have become fond of maiming the Trinity, God does not separate His three-in-one revelation from the written Word. He rather does the opposite, showing time after time that the Father speaks, the Son incarnates, and the Spirit applies the Bible.

Therefore, the Holy Spirit is the Spirit of truth.

Question: what are some ways you have seen people and churches miss this essential connection?


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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