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The Work of Illumination


The Holy Spirit’s work of illumination is a vital but often forgotten work of the Spirit. Christians have largely come to view the study of Scripture as an intellectual task devoid of the Spirit’s necessary role in illuminating the truths within the Bible. In response to the neglect of the doctrine of illumination, this article provides a New Testament biblical theology of the work through an examination of the salient New Testament passages, specifically John 14:25-26; 16:13-15, 1 Corinthians 2:9-13, and 1 John 2:20; 2:27. It is concluded that illumination refers to the Spirit’s work in revealing the truths of the Scripture to the believer for the purpose of their increased understanding and growth into greater Christlikeness. This doctrine has several implications for believers, and ultimately the Spirit’s work of illumination is integral to the life of a Christian because apart from this work they are unable to perceive biblical truths and be transformed by them.