Inspiration of Scripture

From a Judeo-Christian perspective, an unseen God has revealed himself to humanity through the created universe, which is often referred to as general revelation. This type of revelation gives a limited understanding of God, and so God provided further revelation or special revelation through the God-man, Jesus Christ and through his words in verbal and written form in order to communicate his salvation plan to humanity. The focus of our discussion is on the written form of God’s revelation; thus, we need to consider the process of written communication by God.  

God decided to communicate to humanity in human language.  There are a few instances where he physically wrote on stone tablets the words he wanted to communicate (Ex 24:12; Ex 31:18).  On other occasions, God verbally dictated to human writers his words for them to write (Ex 24:24; 34:27-28).  God could have used this dictation method through the centuries in order to give his divine message; however, he decided to use a more mysterious way, where upon he led human writers to create the scriptures. He used more collaborative means in the process by speaking through the words of human writers.  It was combination of the guiding of the Holy Spirit while using the human writers unique skills and personality. This is the process of inspiration, where God─the Holy Spirit, moved the writers to write in such a way as to communicate his divine message. Thus, the unique voices of the human writers are evident, but they wrote exactly what God intended them to write. Thus, human writers played an important role in the development of God’s written words. These written words are considered Holy Scriptures, and as we have explored, they did not mystically appear from heaven, but rather God worked through humans in order to communicate to them his divine and authoritative message.  

 

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