Inspiration


Then the word of the Lord came to me saying, “Son of man, prophesy against the prophets of Israel who prophesy, and say to those who prophesy from their own inspiration, ‘Listen to the word of the Lord! Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing. O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins. You have not gone up into the breaches, nor did you build the wall around the house of Israel to stand in the battle on the day of the Lord. They see falsehood and lying divination who are saying, ‘The Lord declares,’ when the Lord has not sent them; yet they hope for the fulfillment of their word. Did you not see a false vision and speak a lying divination when you said, ‘The Lord declares,’ but it is not I who have spoken?”’”

Inspiration is the supernatural work of the Holy Spirit. He moves upon specially chosen individuals who receive divine truth from Him and communicate that truth in written form, the Bible. Inspiration extends to all and every part of Scripture, even to the very words. The process, however, by which Scripture was given, or the how of inspiration, has been much debated among those who are agreed that the Bible in all of its parts is the Word of God written.

Inspiration, however, does not stand alone. Along with it are such concepts as revelation, authority, illumination, infallibility, and inerrancy all of which require precise definition to understand what is meant by the inspiration of the Scripture.

Basic to the evangelical view of Scripture is the conviction that God has chosen to disclose Himself. Revelation is the term used to depict His self-disclosure. God has revealed Himself in nature, His creation. He has chosen also to reveal Himself supremely in the person of Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate.

The revelation of Jesus Christ is known through the written Word of God, which is special revelation. The purpose of this written Word is to reveal the incarnate Word, Jesus Christ, and the purpose of the incarnate Word is to reveal the Father and bring salvation; therefore, the Bible is the objective, propositionally revealed Word of God.

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