In the experience and conviction of Friends, the sway and power of Scripture lies not in an appeal to top-down authority, but in its transformative character, attested by its inspiring thrust. This view is also biblical, as the Apostle Paul exhorts Timothy to resist false teachers by clinging to what he has been taught since childhood. Indeed, the sacred writings are able to instruct one unto “salvation through faith in Jesus Christ” because of their God-breathed origin and character (2 Timothy 3:15-17). Early Friends also asserted the biblically-correct claim that the Word of God is centrally Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, of whom the written Word of Scripture testifies (John 1:1-14). And, in their experience and witness, most of their spiritual insights and convictions emerged directly from the plain reading of the Scriptures in ways inspirational.
"Inspiring Readings of The Inspired Text-- Taking the Bible Personally, After the Manner of Friends,"
Quaker Religious Thought: Vol. 134, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/qrt/vol134/iss1/3