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GHOST WRITER
Bryan Matthew Dockens

Frank W. Dixon has been authoring the Hardy Boys book series since 1927. The notion that one man has penned all those children's novels for eighty-five years, though not impossible, does seem unlikely. There is a simple explanation: "Frank W. Dixon" is the collective pseudonym of many anonymous writers. Each volume in the series is the product of a ghost writer.

Scripture, too, is ghost written. The various texts are, not inaccurately, attributed to such men as Moses (John 1:17), Asaph (Psalms 73-83), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 1:1), Paul (Romans-Philemon), Peter (1st & 2nd Peter), and dozens of others (Hebrews 1:1), but all these men were merely instruments through whom the Spirit of God functioned.

"Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost" (2nd Peter 1:20-21 KJV). Literally, all the words of Holy Writ are "Ghost" written.

Scripture records, "God... at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets" (Hebrews 1:1). The prophets were simply the means whereby God did the speaking.

Jesus told His apostles, "When He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come" (John 16:13). Following His departure from earth, Christ's chosen delegates were led by the Spirit; therefore, the words they spoke and wrote were not their own, but His. The apostle Paul explained, "The things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord" (1st Corinthians 14:37).

Although God used many men to convey His message to the world, the message remains His, not theirs. Scripture must never be dismissed as human opinion about God, but revered as God's word itself. In this regard, Paul commended the church at Thessalonica: "When you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God" (1st Thessalonians 2:13).

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