- for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved (phérō) by the Holy Spirit (pneuma) spoke from God. - 2 Peter 1:21
In 2 Peter 1:21, the phrase moved by the Holy Spirit means that the human writers were led, directed, or carried along by the Holy Spirit. The term moved (phérō) describes the way in which the wind blows the sails of a ship to carry it along.
No one guides the wind. It is as if it independently goes where it wants. Meteorologists can measure the wind winds, and to varying degrees, predict the wind’s direction. However, they cannot control the wind. In a sense, the wind is sovereign — it does as it pleases. Like the wind, no one controls the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is independent and sovereign; He does as He wills.
- But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills. - 1 Corinthians 12:11
Finally, the wind is moving air, which contains oxygen. Oxygen sustains the cells of all living things. So too, the Holy Spirit gives and sustains spiritual life.
- It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. - John 6:63
- But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you. - Romans 8:11