The Work of the Holy Spirit in Hermeneutics

The Work of the Holy Spirit in Hermeneutics 3 THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT IN HERMENEUTICS Clark H. Pinnock* McMaster Divinity College Hamilton, Ontario Canada, L8S 4K1 In theology a distinction is made between the Spirit inspiring and the Spirit illuminating Scripture. There is a differentiation made between original inspiration and a contemporary illumination of the Spirit in relation to the Bible. Beyond acknowledging his involvement in the process of forming Scripture, the church holds that the Spirit also guides the community as it walks with God in the light of its Scriptures toward the fulfillment of its mission and the consummation of the age. The risen Lord, active in the preparation of Scripture, is also ever present with the people of God. Oscar Cullmann writes, ’The Lord is present in scripture and the Spirit is present in the reader who has faith’. I It would seem natural then to speak of an original and a contem- porary inspiration by the Spirit, of his breathing in relation to the writing of Scripture (2 Tim. 3.16) and his breathing in relation to its readers (Eph. 1.17).2 However, most theologians introduce a termino- * Clark H. Pinnock, Professor of Theology at McMaster Divinity College, has distinguished himself Journal of Pentecostal Theology Brill

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