The Spirit’s illumination


What is the role of the Holy Spirit when the Scriptures are being read or heard?

We sometimes speak of the Spirit ‘illuminating’ the word of God. What does this mean, and how does it happen? Sometimes Christians testify to a verse or a passage of Scripture ‘standing out’ and affecting them in a special way. Is this the illuminating work of the Spirit? There are other times when a student of the Scriptures sees a new aspect of meaning in a familiar passage. Is this what is meant by the Spirit’s illumination?