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Inspiration Part II

Inspiration: "The action, or an act, of breathing in or inhaling"; The Oxford English Dictionary giving the late 16th to early 17th century meaning of the word as the King James translators would have known it. Today when we see the word we think of it with the secondary definition given by Oxford; A special immediate action or influence of the Spirit of God... upon the human mind or soul. The problem with that second definition is that it was formulated after the 1611 was translated and formulated to explain how most people saw the word in context.

For anyone who has ever had the discomfort of hearing amateurs expound on the meanings of Greek words, it is well known that the Greek word for "inspiration" means "God Breathed". What they don't understand is that is what the English says also, except the English gives more detail then our novice Greek sleuths. There are two parts of breathing. There is the out breath called expiration, and there is the intake of breath called inspiration. For all of the King James translators' lives, and for the public at large in 1611, the word "inspiration" meant sucking in, or breathing in air. We do not get understanding because God blows into us or on us. That is how he gave Adam life. We get understanding when God on the inside of us breaths in to illuminate our understanding. Had the poor souls who wasted their money on Greek classes studied their own language instead, they could have given us a much clearer understanding of the Word of God.

As a person reads the Word of God, the inspiration of the Almighty (by definition, God breathing in) gives that person understanding. But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding, Job 32:8. At no time in scripture is any person said to be inspired. That is a fundamental myth. It is not "the inspiration of Paul", or the "inspiration of Isaiah" that is spoken of; it is the inspiration of the Almighty to which scripture refers.

In my next post I will go into how this appertains to the giving of scripture.

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