Some doofus atheist asked, "Why can't a Creator God write a book?" or something like that. Well, atheists can't help their ignorance, but it did get me to thinking. What exactly does inspiration mean?
Inspiration in this instance refers to the means of God revealing Himself to us through the Bible. It is an activity of the Holy Spirit. This simply means that the Bible is God’s authoritative word to human beings. There are three New Testament passages which help to explain inspiration.
2nd Timothy 3:16 - “All Scripture is God-breathed.”
God’s breath is a term from the OT and is a metaphor for God bringing abou,t or creating, particularly through His Spirit. In this case, the Scriptures are created or breathed out by God Himself. In Genesis 2:7, Job 33:4 and Psalm 33:6, humans are of course involved but not even mentioned. “All” of Scripture is said to be God breathed or inspired by God’s Spirit.
2nd Peter 1:19-21 - “No prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation. For the prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.”
“Carried along” is the same term as is used in Acts 27:15 meaning a ship being driven along by the wind or a storm. This suggests a strong compelling to write what one is being inspired to write. All of Scripture is said to be God breathed or inspired by God’s Spirit.
John 10:34-36 - Jesus said, “You know that the Scriptures cannot be broken. Why do you call it blasphemy when I say, “I am the Son of God”? After all, the Father set Me apart and sent Me into the world.”
Jesus’ claim to speak God’s very words and His claim to divine authority point to the inspiring activity of God. The whole Bible comes to us with a claim of divine inspiration, i.e., being breathed out by God.