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Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost

Peter tells us, 2 Peter 1:21, “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (that is, in writing the Scripture); borne up by him, carried beyond themselves, to speak his words, and what he indited to them. The apostles forgot much of what Christ had said to them, or might do so; and what they did retain, in a natural way of remembrance, was not a sufficient foundation to them to write what they so remembered for a rule of faith to the church. For the word of prophecy is not from any man’s proper impulse; it comes not from any private conception, understanding, or remembrance. Wherefore, Christ promises that the Holy Ghost shall do this work; that they might infallibly give out what he had delivered to them.

~John Owen

from Of Communion With Godvolume 2 of Works, page 236

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