555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

493. In What Sense Are We to Understand Scriptural "Inspiration"?

In II Tim. 3 :i6 the statement is clear that the Scripture is given by divine inspiration—that the perceptions and work of the writers were divinely influenced. The Holy Spirit filled the hearts of those men with a message and led them to write that message for the world. This is what inspiration means. The inspired writers were holy men, prophets, evangelists and spiritual leaders who lived close to God and were in constant communication with him through prayer and meditation, and who, by their hearts and lives thus consecrated, were endowed with the power to convey to men his Word, sometimes in one form, sometimes in another. They were the chosen channels of divine communication, interpreting God's purposes in authoritative language, which could be understood by those for whom it was intended.