[CF Devotionals] 2009-10-04 - Illumination

Study on the Bible, Part 14

We have considered revelation and inspiration. Now let us take a moment to examination the issue of illumination, how Scripture touches the heart of the reader.

Willmington describes illumination as:

“ … that method used by the Holy Spirit to shed divine light upon all seeking men as they look into the Word of God. Illumination is from the written word to the human heart.” 1

Here I am turning to him, to speak to the reasons for and results of illumination. 2

It is needed because of the natural blindness of the human heart. “The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.”“Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in Heaven.” (1 Corinthians 2:14; Matthew 16:16-17).

It is needed because of satanic blindness. “And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God” (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

The most obvious results of illumination are:

Sinners are saved. “… the Lord gives sight to the blind…” … “The unfolding of your words gives light;” (Psalm 146:8; 119:130);

And Christians are strengthened. “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation …” … “but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit” … “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (1 Peter 2:2; 1 Corinthians 2:10; Psalm 119:105).

  1. Willmington, p. 792.
  2. Ibid., adapted from p. 792-793.

Series to be continued.

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