Illumination and Leading of the Holy Spirit

How do illumination and inward leading from the Holy Spirit help us interpret God's revelation to us?

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Illumination and inward leading of the Holy Spirit help us interpret God's revelation to us. There are many places in Scripture that we could turn to, to see this demonstrated. Perhaps most obviously is in 1 Corinthians 2 where we read this: "The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of man except for man's spirit within him? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God." And it's that same Holy Spirit who inspired the written Word of God who actually continues to enable us to grasp God's truth through inward illumination and inward promptings. And the work of the Spirit is to make God's written world real, alive and applicable to our own lives, to help us to live in a way that glorifies God today.

Answer by Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert

Rev. Dr. Simon Vibert is Senior Pastor of Christ Church Virginia Water, England, and the former Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.