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We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts.

Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.

- II Peter 1:19-21

And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

- I Timothy 3:16

 

Different explanations are given regarding the nature and extent of divine inspiration. The following three beliefs concerning the nature of inspiration are taught:

    1. Mechanical inspiration

    2. Dynamical inspiration

    3. Organic inspiration

Mechanical inspiration can be compared to God the Holy Spirit using the human writers of the various Bible books as one would use a typewriter. God told them a word and they wrote it, another word and they wrote it. The writers' minds and personalities were inactive in the process. They were used "mechanically," as one would use a typewriter, to type out God's desired message.

Dynamical inspiration believes that God inspired the writers as persons. He did not inspire them to only write certain scriptural books, but as inspired people everything which they wrote throughout the remainder of their lives was also inspired.

These explanations regarding the nature of divine inspiration are not correct. Each biblical book reflects the different language usage, personality, and background of its human writer; therefore, mechanical inspiration would not be accurate. Many of the biblical writers wrote additional letters and articles which were not inspired and not included in the Bible; therefore dynamical inspiration is not true.

Organic inspiration most accurately defines the nature of divine inspiration. God used the different personality, experience, language development, educational background, and peculiar talents of each writer. Each writer was intimately connected to the message and book he was instrumental in writing. Yet the Holy Spirit carefully and perfectly directed each writer's thoughts and guided their hands that each word written in the Bible was inspired by Him. Not a single word was written which God did not want. Each word in the Bible is God's Word.


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