What does fruitless effort mean?


Oleander wrote: ↑

Tue 24 Sep 2019, 8:05 am

How can you differentiatewhether one or someone else is (was) inspired by God or whether one's own thoughts are involved after all?
That is not the primary topic here, but it is a good question. The question of inspiration in the OT has been completely clarified for me. Let me say it loosely: "Where God is on it, God is in there too". These scriptures are primarily referred to by Peter and Paul when they speak of them.

In the NT, however, a distinction must be made. At one point Peter refers to Paul's writings, but did not call them "Holy Scripture", but simply "Letters" and did not designate his statements as prophetic.

Peter had an inspired experience with God on the "Holy Mountain", as he writes. There he heard God's voice audibly, which gave the following testimony:

2 Peter 1: 17-18 wrote: For he received honor and glory from God the Father when such a voice came to him from the sublime glory: "This is my beloved Son, in whom I have found satisfaction." And we heard this voice come from heaven when we were with him on the holy mountain.

So he understood how OT prophets were addressed (inspired) by God. He had now seen it for himself. A similar event, but with Jesus, Paul had before Damacus when a voice said to him:

Acts 9: 4-5 wrote: And he fell on the ground and heard a voice say to him, Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?
But he said, Who are you, Lord? But he said: I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.