God’s grace is the only reason why His kingdom continues at all. His people are sinful and can make no claim on the Lord to sustain His church. Yet, God has graciously promised to do so. That does not make our actions insignificant, but it does mean that the perseverance of the church cannot be attributed to us but can be attributed only to the work of the Lord. Let us serve Him faithfully but never forget our dependence on His grace.
God’s inspiration of the Scriptures did not entail His taking possession of the human writers or otherwise completely overriding their personalities. Instead, He worked in and through these authors, making use of their skills, personalities, and even histories to accomplish His plan. This is how the Lord works out His will more generally as well. God uses our wills, desires, and actions to accomplish His purposes.