Magnet. A piece of iron (or an ore, alloy, or other material) that has its component atoms so ordered that the material exhibits properties of magnetism, such as attracting other iron-containing objects or aligning itself in an external magnetic field.
Magnetism is essential for finding one’s direction with a compass. The magnetic poles of the Earth allow the needle of the compass to move. The magnetic north pole, actually the south pole on Earth, pushes the needle to point north. This allows man to navigate the globe rather accurately. Without that magnetic force, it would be impossible to know the exact direction to go (Even though there may be other instruments to help, like the sun, stars, and the way moss grows). For the most part, without an exact sense of direction from the aid of a compass, navigation would be much more difficult.
Likewise, without the aid of the Holy Spirit illuminating the text of Scripture, man would have a hard time understanding the Bible as God’s revealed word. Paul has something to say on this matter.
1 Corinthians 2:6–16 (ESV)
6 Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. 7 But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. 8 None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9 But, as it is written,
“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—
10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.
14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.
If man cannot interpret what God’s Word means or calls them to do there is no hope in navigating life. In fact, it is impossible to believe the Gospel without the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). What a mess man would be in without the moving of the Spirit when they approach Scripture. But, the Spirit and his Word are like a compass directing man to the true North, Jesus Christ.
Praise be to our God and to our Lord Jesus Christ that the Spirit is able to help us in our inability to understand the Word by making known the things freely given to us by God in the revelation of himself.