The Divine Inspiration
God reveals Himself in His Word. The writers of the Bible received the word of God through their human nature, which endured the spiritual experiences of divinity. Hence, they proclaimed the word as human experiences of the mystery of the word of God. The uttered words of the Scriptures include human experiences to the unspeakable Divine mysteries. The biblical inspiration is not a product of dictating the words uttered by the Holy Spirit, but it is a
free human expression to a very special human experience of the unutterable divine truth, proclaimed by the Holy Spirit. The words accordingly are produced naturally in a human expression. The inspiration is not the dictate of dogmatic words literally in a rigid way, but it means free conscious spiritual realization of the depth of the divinity, “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God” (1Co. 2:1). “Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2Co. 3:17).
The writers of the Scriptures expressed their personal spiritual experiences in human ways freely. When men under the divine inspiration opened their eyes to see the treasures of truth, they uttered the words in mystical truth, expressing their deep spiritual feelings in human wordings, “I believed, therefore I spoke, "I am greatly afflicted." ” (Ps 116:10). The divine inspiration does not bind the writers to write certain words, but it frees their souls to express their spiritual experiences using their own words. The Holy Spirit does not interfere to elevate the cultural standard of the writer or to correct his knowledge’s limitations, but through all of his limitations he freely writes in spirit to express his unique experiences of the divinity in human way. Hence, he conveys his spiritual experiences to others in understandable human expressions. The uttered words are humanly understandable, but they carry the mystical experiences of divine truth, concealed behind the words.
We are unable to realize and appreciate the spiritual value and the power of the word, unless our eyes become opened to see the truth in the word. “…and beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself… He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them, then their eyes were opened and they knew Him” (Lu 24: 27 & 31).
Because the word of God is produced through human experiences of divine mysteries, we cannot realize its depth before practicing its commandments personally, and experiencing its power spiritually. The word of God cannot be understandable before the pious submission to the word to experience its mystical meanings, through the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The literal and superficial readings of the Bible hinder from realizing the concealed spiritual truth in the word. Moreover, they lead to misunderstand and criticize the word. In order not to stumble in knowing the word, it is necessary to deal with it in the spirit of prayers and truth to practice its power, which is the same spirit of divine inspiration that revealed the word.
St. Paul says, “Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away” (1Co 13:8). And, St. Peter says, “But the word of the LORD endures forever." (1Pe 1:25). How can we reconcile this conflict; while prophecies will fail; and tongues will cease, the word of the LORD endures forever? The word of the LORD endures not in uttered words in languages, but in the truth that is present in God forever. The unutterable truth has been revealed in Jesus Christ the eternal Word.
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The English Section:
The First Article: “Which Came First: The Church or the New Testament?” by Fr. James Bernstein.The writer, who has a Jewish origin, converted to Christianity under the effect of the New Testament. Also, as a Protestant, he strongly believed that only the Bible is the way for salvation "Sola Scriptura".But, in his way seeking for the truth, many facts stopped him, revealing the meanings of the Church. This article describes his spiritual journey from Sola Scriptura to the Church.
The Second Article is “The Heavenly Banquet and The Table of the Messiah in the NT (6)”, by Rodolph Yanney, MD.In this final part, the writer concluded his study by, “Union of the Bridegroom and the Bride”
The Third Article is translated from Greek, “The Unspeakable Groans of the Holy Spirit” by Saint Dionysius of Alexandria.
The fourth article is, “An Inquiry into the Mystical Theology of the Flowing Succession of Time and the Enigmatic Steadfastness of Eternity in the Light of the Holy Scriptural Texts”, By Dr. Fayek M. Ishak. Dr. Fayek is Professor Emeritus and Editor in Chief of Coptologia Theological Publications.
The fifth article is, “The Priesthood of Melchizedek”. This study introduces Melchizedek Priesthood from different Biblical and None-Biblical ancientsources.
The last article is, “Original sin According to the Epistle to the Romans”. This article includes a theological study, which explains the dogmatic meaning of “Original sin” according to the Book of Romans. Also it shows why, when and how the Western Churches deviated from the Pauline understanding as shown in the Epistle to the Romans.
The Arabic Section:
“Farwell, Dr. Guirguis”, Dr Guirguis Ibrahim has departed from our temporal world to join the countless strata of heavenly saints and angels. Dr. Guirguis is the president of Saint Mark’s Orthodox Fellowship.
The Second Article is,“St. Cyril of Alexandria, a Biblical Interpreter (3)”, byGeorge Awad, Ph.D. In this issue the writer addresses St Cyril’s methods in the “Basics of Spiritual Interpretations.”
The Third Article is, “St Paul The last Disciple (3)”, by Gamil N. Soliman, Ph.D. In this issue the writer presents the life of St. Paul, through his 1st, 2nd and 3rd evangelizing trips.
The Fourth article is, “The Coptic Lectionary (7). by Fouad N. Youssef. In this issue the writer presents study for “The Readings of the Holy Paschal Week”.
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