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“Spoke by the Prophets”

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2 Samuel 23:1–4

From the Confessions

The Nicene Creed: “who spake by the Prophets...”

Pulling It Together

Luther teaches (Luther’s Works, vol 15, p 275) us that in his last words, David spoke of the Holy Trinity, that there were three Speakers talking by him or through him. Moved by the Spirit of the Lord, the God of Israel, and the Rock of Israel, David was inspired to allude to a matter that he likely did not fully comprehend. Nevertheless, the Holy Spirit, as part of the Three, spoke through David—and through all of the prophets too. No word of prophecy, understood or not, came through anyone without the inspiration of God's Spirit (2 Pet 1:21). “All Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim 3:16, RSV). It is breathed out by God, and blown into the prophet. This is the work of the Spirit of God, the one whose very name is used to forge the word “inspire.” Jesus ascribes to the Spirit even his own ministry of proclamation (Luke 4:18). By the Spirit's anointing, all of the prophets taught what they breathed in from God. By the same Spirit, we confess what we have received by the prophets and the apostles and the Lord himself.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, inspire me to confess the word of Christ and his apostles and prophets. Amen.

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