Inspiration is the guidance or influence of the Holy Spirit on the human writers of Scripture so that
God controlled them in such a way that what they wrote was exactly what God wanted them to write
There was no error in grammar, historical locations, sociological understanding,
mathematics, geology, geometry, or geography.
Inspiration is a supernatural guidance executed on the
sacred writers by the Spirit of God, by which their own personal writings become the divine Word of God.
The influence of inspiration is applied to the author’s vocabulary, knowledge of grammar, ability to
develop a logical thought, or to his poetic, homiletical or scientific ability to do historical research.
inspiration has used the limitation of the authors, it does guarantee that what they wrote was accurate.
When authors transcribed material words unknown to them, the act of revelation was happening along with
the influence of inspiration.
To say that God inspired every word of Scripture (2 Tim. 3:16) does not mean that every
statement is true.
It only means that they are accurate.
Scripture accurately records that the serpent said,
“You will not surely die” (Gen. 3:4).
But it was a lie.
The advice given to Job by his friends is wrong, yet
the Bible is accurate in recording exactly what they said.
A. A DEFINITION OF INSPIRATION.
doctrine of inspiration is based on a
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Inspiration is based upon two words, (
“God”) and (
translated “God breathed out,” rather than the usual
translation “in breathed.”
Inspiration comes from the same word that is translated “God is spirit,” or “the
breath of God.”
Since breath is life, when God put His Spirit into the words of Scripture, He was also
putting His life in Scripture.
Paul believed that the Scriptures are directly from God.
Of his own writings
Paul wrote “which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the
Holy Ghost teacheth” (1 Cor. 2:13).
Note the following description of inspiration.
Inspiration Involves . . .
Inspired guidance by the Holy Spirit
Inspired personality of the authors
Resulting in an inspired text.
. Inspired guidance
Inspiration recognizes the supernatural influence of the Holy Spirit upon the
But everyone does not use inspiration with this meaning.
Sometimes people use “inspiration” to
describe the “enthusiasm” of a brilliant artist or musician.
We define the word as it is used in its context in
The Bible says “Holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:21).