Skip to comments.God's Self-Disclosure
Posted on 10/11/2018 6:43:28 PM PDT by metmom
"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son" (Heb. 1:1-2).
Scripture is the storehouse of divine revelation.
For decades liberal theologians have misrepresented the Bible as merely a collection of man's religious thoughts and aspirations. But Scripture is much more than that. It is in fact divine revelationGod's self disclosure through His Spirit to the human authors. Man could never know God's identity, attributes, perspectives, or commands if God hadn't revealed them to him. Nor could man know his own origin, purpose, or destiny.
Paul said, "'Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him.' For to us God revealed them through the Spirit" (1 Cor. 2:9-10). In 2 Timothy 3:16 he adds, "All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness." God inspired every word of Scripture and speaks on every page.
Hebrews 1 speaks of two general means by which God revealed Himself: Old Testament revelation ("long ago," v. 1) and New Testament revelation ("in His Son," v. 2). First He spoke to the Jewish fathers through the Old Testament prophets "in many portions." That refers to all the books of the Old Testament. "In many ways" speaks of the specific means by which He communicated: visions, prophecies, parables, types, symbols, ceremonies, theophanies, and audible voice.
From the close of the Old Testament to the arrival of John the Baptist, there were approximately 400 years during which God was silent. But that silence was shattered when John announced the coming of Christ. From that time on, God spoke through His Son. The gospels record His life and teachings, the book of Acts shows the propagation of His teachings through the apostles and early church, the epistles apply His teachings to everyday life, and Revelation tells of His triumphant return and the consummation of divine revelation.
Isn't it wonderful to know God's perspective on life and history?
Suggestions for Prayer
Thank God that His Word is a lamp to your feet and a light to your path (Ps. 119:105).
For Further Study
According to Deuteronomy 29:29, what is the purpose of divine revelation?
Studying God’s Word ping
This is why we KNOW that Sacred Scripture is above and in authority over any so-called Traditions of the church. It's amazing how frequently we must defend the concept of sola Scriptura on these threads. For some reason, a few presume that belief means EVERYTHING must be in the Bible specifically or it cannot be accepted and they insist that their "Church" teachings and its traditions are equal in authority to God's word. But what the earliest Christians believed and taught was that Scripture ALONE is the authority by which all other teachings of the faith must be measured against.
We can be assured that the "whole counsel of God" has been declared (Acts 20:27) through His word and the truths that have been revealed to us are trustworthy and complete. What happens is that our understanding of them grows and matures over time but they remain THE authority by which we are all called to obey and be in subjection to.
I believe that all doctrinal truth has been laid down by God in Holy Scripture. I do not believe, though, that He is done speaking to us. He has many things to say to us. He is in a vital and living relationship with us. He is alive! He isn’t just recorded doctrine. Doctrine is of paramount importance, and The LORD will never contradict it, nor add to it. The LORD is our Father and loves us more than we will ever know. He is very interested in communicating with us.
I know you didn’t say else wise, but many fundamentalist take great importance in believing that when The Bible was finished God stopped speaking to us, except directly through His written Word. The Word is meant to lead us into a living, intimate and vital relationship with Him. The Word teaches us who He is, and also His truths, as guides in our lives, as to what we are to wrap our hearts around and live according to. As Jesus said it isn’t in itself going to give us life. For that we must come to Him. Coming to Him is what we are do our entire lives, on a continuous basis. When we come to Him, I believe, it is His desire to communicate with us about many things, in different ways, but as long as so many of us refuse to believe so we are not opened to hearing Him.
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