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Do you keep a diary? If so, what kind of things do you record?
I heard about a diary today that goes back perhaps 60 years, meticulously kept. It records the facts about what this person did. It reflects their character and discipline.
When we visited Newcastle last year, we went to see a play based on the diaries of Sunderland politician Chris Mullin. He recorded events, but as he saw them, with his humour and insight. It was a strange, but compelling, piece of drama. Again, it reflected his character and discipline, and it was good entertainment and history.
You could read the gospel accounts in that way, one person’s perspectives on events they were part of, though with Luke he clearly states he has researched what he writes. However, as with all of scripture, it is far more than a human perspective on God-involved events. Paul says all scripture is inspired and good for teaching and rebuking, among other things (2 Tim 3:16). Inspired means God-breathed. Breath is Holy Spirit usually.
To me it is really obvious. The Bible is the diary of the Holy Spirit, putting life into words, pictures, stories that put us into a place of knowing God’s character and discipline.
Praise God for those who were willing witnesses. Go and do likewise!