Scripture speaks with authority because it speaks as the God-breathed Word. The authority of the Word by which we are brought to faith must be seen in connection with the power of the Holy Spirit. The life of faith into which we are brought by the Word and the Spirit is both life in the Spirit and life under the Word.

Scripture calls us to “be filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). It also calls us to “let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly” (Colossians 3:16). These are not descriptions of two entirely different types of spirituality, one emphasizing the Spirit and the other stressing the Word. They are describing the same thing: the life of faith.

To be filled with the Spirit is to let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. To let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly is to be filled with the Spirit.

The call to live in the power of the Spirit must never be set over against the call to live in accordance with the Scriptures.