Inspiration

We have defined God's spirit as His power, thoughts and disposition, which He reveals by the actions which His spirit performs. We mentioned in the previous section how God's spirit was seen at work in the creation: "By his spirit he hath garnished the heavens" (Job 26:13) - the spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters to bring about the present creation (Gen. 1:2) . Yet we also read that "by the word of the Lord" the world was made (Ps. 33:6), as exemplified by the Genesis narrative recording that "God said" things were to be created, and it happened. God's spirit, therefore, is very much reflected in His word -just as our words express our inner thoughts and desires - the real "us" - very accurately. Jesus wisely pointed out: "Out of the abundance of the heart (the mind) the mouth speaketh" (Matt. 12:34). So if we would control our words, we must firstly work on our thoughts. God's word, then, is a reflection of His spirit, or thoughts. It is such a blessing that in the Bible we have God's words written down so that we might understand God's spirit or mind. God achieved this miracle of expressing His spirit in written words by the process of INSPIRATION. This term is based around the word "spirit":-

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