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Definition and Distinctions

Inspiration is that mysterious process by which the divine causality worked through the human prophets without destroying their individual personalities and styles to produce divinely authoritative and inerrant writings.

Revelation, inspiration, interpretation

Revelation concerns the origin and giving of Truth (1 Cor 2:10).

"For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God."

Inspiration relates to the reception and recording of Truth (2 Peter 1:20-21).

"But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one's own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God."

Interpretation focuses on the apprehension and understanding of Truth (1 Cor 2:14-16).

"But a natural man does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually appraised. But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one. For WHO HAS KNOWN THE MIND OF THE LORD, THAT HE WILL INSTRUCT HIM? But we have the mind of Christ."


1. Geisler NL, Nix WE. A General Introduction to the Bible, Chicago: Moody Press, 1986.

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