In a recent article I wrote about inspiration; where it comes from, what it looks like, how is it limited, and so on. Several days later I was seeking God's guidance in writing, I came back to re-visit inspiration but in a different way.
We all know the age old argument between true follows of Christ and everyone else concerning the literal interpretation of Scripture. Critics argue that the Bible was written over a period of 2200 years by so many different men, how could it be as accurate as it claims? While that is a relevant question, it is one that is answered by the simple truth that it's the only book ever written by several men under the direct inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
What does it mean to be inspired by the Holy Spirit? I didn't know how to give an answer to the legitimate question so I researched. It is my joy to share what I learned and strongly encourage you to dig into the Word first and then into other resources only under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
As I said in the last paragraph, the first place to grow in knowledge of God is obviously by going to His Word. Second Timothy 3:16 tells us that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (NIV) That single verse answers the question of inspiration and the purpose of it. The message that Paul was conveying to Timothy is clear, but because we were not privy to the conversation, I hope you agree that it's exciting to look inside the words in attempt to find the treasures that God placed within His Truth.
I found an article titled simply The Inspiration of the Bible written by Rick Wade of Probe Ministries. While I cannot testify to the accuracy of his information, I did find it interesting and worth a discerning read. He says that the word inspired comes from the Greek word theopnuestos and literally means “God-breathed.” He goes on to mention that some claim that inspired could be translated to mean “ex-spired” or “breathed-out.” This brings into view a point that I had never thought of before. Inspiration, understood in this context, simply means that men of God wrote the words that He intended for us to read.
Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament has this to say,
“When God had something to communicate to the assembly itself, He did it by means of such persons as Paul, Peter, & etc. The assembly is composed of individuals; it cannot receive a divine revelation in a mass, as the assembly, except it be by hearing in common a divine voice, which is not God's way. The Holy Ghost distributes to every one, severally as He will. There are prophets, and the Spirit says, " Separate unto me Barnabas and Paul." Christ has given gifts to men, some apostles, some prophets, & etc. Accordingly the apostle says here, not "where," but "of whom" thou hast learnt these things.” (Darby, John. "Commentary on 2Timothy 3". "John Darby's Synopsis of the New Testament".) No further explanation is needed.
You might also find Alpha and Omega Ministries an interesting resource for study.
Again I bring the question, where does your inspiration come from?