Pilate therefore said unto him. Art thou a king then? John 18.37.
The exact manner in which the minds of the inspired writers of Scripture worked when they wrote, I do not pretend to explain. Very likely, they could not have explained it themselves. I do not admit for a moment that they were mere machines holding pens ….I abhor the “mechanical” theory of inspiration. I dislike the idea that men like Moses and Paul were ignorant secretaries or amanuenses who wrote by dictation what they did not understand. I admit nothing of the kind. I believe that in some marvellous manner he Holy Ghost made use of the reason, the memory, the intellect, the style of thought, and the peculiar mental temperament of each writer of the Scriptures.
But how, and in what manner this was done, I can no more explain than I can the union of the two natures, God and Man, in the person of our blessed Lord Jesus Christ. I only know that there is both a divine and a human element in the Bible, and that while the men who wrote it were truly men, the book that they wrote and handed down to us, is really and truly the WORD OF GOD. I know the result, but I do not understand the process.
J. C. Ryle