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member that the Incarnate Word entered   Third, we must be careful to avoid using
        our world by human means (Mary) and   “inspiration” in a technical sense, as if it
        this event was superintended by the Holy   only refers to the written Word. A model
        Spirit (Luke 1:35). The Incarnate Word was   of inspiration that is restricted to a writer,
        both fully deity (holy and eternal) and fully   in a heightened spiritual state, hunched
        human (completely suited to the purpose   over his desk as he writes the Word of
        He came to fulfill). The same can be said   God, is out of touch with the reality of the
        of the Written Word. The human vessel,   time period. (This model is conceivable
        under the superintendence of the Holy   for some books, but is unlikely for large
        Spirit produces a work that is both human   swathes of the Old Testament … and these
        and divine. The eternal Word of God (Dan   are the Scriptures that Paul was referring
        10:21, Psa 119:89) was transcribed over   to in 2 Timothy 3:16). For example, prior
        hundreds of years to provide mankind   to the completion of the New Testament
        with the entire revelation of God (John
        15:15).                              writings, when the sign gifts of revelation
                                             and prophecy were extant, what those
          Second, Hebrews 1:1 tells us that it was
        done “at many times and in many ways”   prophets proclaimed was inspired - their
        (ESV). The Spirit of God is not limited in   words were Spirit-given/God breathed.
        how this could occur. At times a writer   Thus, those speaking were to speak as the
        may have been conscious of what he   “oracles of God” (1Peter 4:11, KJV).
        was doing (in Revelation, John was told   In many of the epistles, reference is made
        specifically what to write and what not to   to what had been spoken of or taught
        write) and other times he may not have   among  the  recipients.  For  this  reason,
        known (David’s Psalms). The Chronicler   the writings were accepted by the people
        had a different purpose in mind than those   - they corresponded to what believers al-
        who recorded First and Second Kings,   ready knew to be true from Spirit-enabled
        and the Spirit used and enabled both to   prophets and teachers. It is possible that
        accomplish different ends. Likewise, the   believers living in that orally based cul-
        various gospel writers, with different   ture initially appreciated the inspired
        target audiences, different themes, and   spoken Word more than the developing
        varied sources, produced by the Spirit,   corpus of the written Word. A concept of
        unique and complementary books on the   inspiration, therefore, which restricts it
        life of Christ. Be it Job or John, conscious   to the production of the autograph (i.e.,
        or unconscious, prose or poetry, narrative   the original document) is too narrow. The
        or psalm, the Spirit of God used human   transmission of divine truth was a rich and
        instruments to communicate God’s truth   dynamic process – the Holy Spirit’s activity
        to us. There is no need to fear the reality   ensured that what ended up in the text is
        that some Old Testament books had mate-
        rial added over time (Proverbs had some   the Word of God.
        additions made by king Hezekiah), as the   Robust confidence in the inspiration of
        Divine Editor was overseeing it all. Peter   Scripture is foundational to Christian life.
        describes the process as being “carried   God’s fingerprints (Exo 31:18) are all over
        along by the Holy Spirit” (2Peter 1:21), a   its pages and His voice still speaks with au-
        phrase used in Acts 27:15 to describe wind   thority, relevance, and clarity to us nearly
        directing the movement of a ship.    2000 years since its completion.

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