What was John Owen’s threefold understanding on the Inspiration of Scripture?Posted: January 6, 2014 Filed under: Just for Fun | Tags: John Owen, Puritans, Theology 1 Comment
The Word of God for John Owen has a threefold meaning “hypostatikos, endiathetos, and prophorikos.” The “hypostatic” (personal) Word has reference to the person of Christ. The latter two Greek terms found commonly in patristic literature and used by Philo of Alexandria, speak of the (internal or inherent) “endiathetos” Word and the spoken “prophorikos” (spoken) Word. The logos prophorikos is the Bible, God’s supernatural revelation, expressed in words and commited to writing. Supernatural revelation provides objective ground for supernatural illumination, and John Owen constantly ties together the fact of divine revelation and the concept of approaching it.
I understand the hypostatikos and the prophetikos, but I am not sure what Owen means by endiathetos – is the internal or inherent word of God. Any insights or explanation on this?