Scripture as Special Revelation

Date: September 1, 2013
Study: Scripture: Unchanging Truth in a Changing World
Teacher: Kameron Slater

Two types of revelation:

  1. General revelation- God revealed through His creation so that humanity might know of His existence (Romans 1:18-23)
  2. Special revelation- God revealing His plan and the knowledge necessary for salvation (Romans 10:17)

In other words, the words of Scripture tell of the holiness, justice, and mercy of God; assess our fallen human condition; and provide the only remedy for reconciliation with God: the gospel. The church, as the collective body of those redeemed by Jesus Christ, is tasked with taking this gospel message found in Scripture to the ends of the earth to make disciples that worship the one, true God. 

The Bible, then, is the assembled collection of the Word of God in written, human language. Reading, studying, and knowing the Bible gives the knowledge necessary for salvation (for the non-Christian) and the information needed to pursue holiness and continue in the process of sanctification (for the Christian). It is the only book that can change your eternal destination.

The best book you will read this semester (or ever) is the Bible!

More on the Doctrine of Scripture:

  • Article I-Statement of Faith, The Scriptures, Harvard Avenue Baptist Church
    The Holy Bible was written by men divinely inspired and is God’s revelation of Himself to man. It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. Therefore, all Scripture is totally true and trustworthy. It reveals the principles by which God judges us, and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried. All Scripture is a testimony to Christ, who is Himself the focus of divine revelation.
    Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 3:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.
  • 1689 The Baptist Confession of Faith, Chapter 1: Of the Holy Scriptures
    1. The Holy Scripture is the only sufficient, certain, and infallible rule of all saving knowledge, faith, and obedience, although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable; yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and his will which is necessary unto salvation. Therefore it pleased the Lord at sundry times and in diverse manners to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church; and afterward for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan, and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing; which maketh the Holy Scriptures to be most necessary, those former ways of God’s revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
    2 Tim. 3:15-17; Isa. 8:20; Luke 16:29, 31; Eph. 2:20; Rom. 1:19-21, 2:14,15; Psalm 19:1-3; Heb.1:1; Prov. 22:19-21; Rom. 15:4; 2.Pet. 1:19,20

Application:

  • What do you intend to read in the Scriptures for the next four months?
  • When do you plan to do it?
  • How will you persevere when you face obstacles to your plan?
  • Who will encourage you in the faith to celebrate success?
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