All scripture is inspired, but some of it is electric. The power of the Holy Spirit hums in the lines so thrillingly that you hardly dare to touch them. For me, the first chapters of Ephesians and Colossians spring to mind, especially the verses where Paul shows us Jesus Christ in his supremacy. God gave his one and only Son as “the atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). But Paul sets that mighty work inside a mightier one. With trumpets sounding in his soul, he exclaims that through Jesus’ sacrifice, God was pleased “to reconcile to himself all things” (Col. 1:20) as part of a still mightier plan for the ages when God will at last “gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth” (Eph. 1:10).

Cornelius Plantinga Jr. is president of Calvin Theological Seminary.