Illumination

In: Journal of Reformed Theology
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  • 1 University of Aberdeen, Scotland

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Abstract

Illumination of the reader of Scripture is best understood as an element in the economy of the Holy Spirit who renews human intelligence. The Spirit who illuminates the mind is (1) the eternal Spirit who shares in the divine nature and the divine wisdom; (2) the one who gives life to rational creatures, sustaining creaturely intellectual movement, regenerating created intellectual nature and overcoming ignorance and darkness. As the Spirit of revelation, he oversees the production of Holy Scripture and the processes of its reception, enabling created intelligence to know the divine mind which Scripture sets forth, and sanctifying the exercise of proper creaturely powers.

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    T. Ward, Word and Supplement. Speech Acts, Biblical Texts and the Sufficiency of Scripture (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), pp. 137-207.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 125.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 167.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 201.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 202.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 205.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 206.

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    J. Owen, The Causes, Ways and Means of Understanding the Mind of God in his Word, p. 206.

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