inspiration

inspiration

The filling with or domination by spirit. This concept first appears in biblical materials as a way of describing and understanding certain types of oral discourse. In ancient Israel, prophecy was understood as being uttered under the influence of God’s Spirit (Num 24:2) or spirits (1Kgs 22:19-23). Sometimes this was evident in peculiar behavior by the prophets (1Sam 10:6); at other times, it appears simply as a claim to divine authorization (Isa 61:1). Such claims were revived among the early Christians, who understood the giving of the Spirit as a sign of the last times (Acts 2:16-18) and as a source not only of prophecy, but of other functions vital to or common in the life of the churches (1Cor 12:4-11). The concept of inspiration is applied to written documents in (2Tim 3:16). The same idea may also be implied in (Heb 3:7 and Heb 9:8), which describe the Spirit as speaking through the words or provisions of scripture.

Num 24:2

2Balaam looked up and saw Israel camping tribe by tribe. Then the spirit of God came upon him,

1Kgs 22:19-23

19Then Micaiah said, “Therefore hear the word of the Lord: I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, with all the host of heaven standing beside him to the right an ... View more

1Sam 10:6

6Then the spirit of the Lord will possess you, and you will be in a prophetic frenzy along with them and be turned into a different person.

Isa 61:1

The Good News of Deliverance
1The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,
to bi ... View more

Acts 2:16-18

16No, this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel:17‘In the last days it will be, God declares,
that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh,
and your son ... View more

1Cor 12:4-11

4Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;5and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord;6and there are varieties of activities, but it is ... View more

2Tim 3:16

16All scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Heb 3:7

Warning against Unbelief
7Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says,
“Today, if you hear his voice,

Heb 9:8

8By this the Holy Spirit indicates that the way into the sanctuary has not yet been disclosed as long as the first tent is still standing.

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