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Christian Theology And Bible Concepts 23rd August 2017

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Christian Theology And Bible Concepts 23rd August 2017

Post by Pete » Wed Aug 23, 2017 9:48 pm

Christian Theology and Bible Concepts
Christian Theology
God's Special Revelation

God's general revelation is available to all people, regardless of beliefs, righteousness in the eyes of God or religion. However, God's special revelation has only been available to specific people or at specific times. Moreover, God's special revelation will always include the work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people. God's special revelation includes many things such as an audible voice, in times past God spoke to specific people such as Adam and Eve, Abraham and the prophets. In addition, God in times past has also revealed Himself through dreams and visions, some of the best examples of these are Joseph, whom God used to reveal the meaning and message of dreams as the Lord prepared Joseph to save many people.

Other examples include Abraham and his visions, Daniel and his visions as well as the Apostle John and his vision on the island of Patmos. The next type of special revelation we learn about in the Bible, are God's special messengers. These include angels and prophets, like the angel Gabriel who was sent by God to deliver several messages involving the coming Messiah and the virgin birth. The prophets Daniel, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and many others are also examples of the prophets who were God's special messengers.

However, God's ultimate revelation to mankind is His special revelation of Himself in the person of Christ Jesus our Lord. We see Jesus throughout the Bible, in the Old Testament we see Him many times as the "Angel of the Lord," which in reality was the preincarnate Christ. Then, with the incarnation, God revealed Himself to all of mankind. As the eternal God of Heaven stepped out of eternity and took on humanity. Jesus the eternal God of Heaven added humanity to His divinity, in order that He could die for us. This was God's ultimate special revelation to humanity regarding Himself. Moreover, the incarnation was vitally important, because of the separation between God and humanity. Humanity because of our fallen state was completely separated from God, without any means of reconciling ourselves to God. Jesus incarnation was necessary because of our fallen nature, in order that He could stand in our place as our sinless substitute. Therefore, with the incarnation, God gave us His ultimate special revelation of Himself.

Which brings us to today. Through the work of chosen men, God has revealed to us His final special revelation which is His written word. The word of God, which is the Bible is God's special revelation to humanity regarding Himself, His plan of redemption and His interactions with humanity to bring about His plan of redemption. And because Jesus is central to that plan, the Bible in its entirety, from Old Testament to New Testament speaks of Christ Jesus our Lord. But why is this important? This is important because the culmination of God's plan of redemption is to place all of creation under the lordship of Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father.

"Now the Lord had said to Abram: "Get out of your country, From your family And from your father's house, To a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed." (Genesis 12:1-3)

"After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.' But Abram said, 'Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?' Then Abram said, 'Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir. And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, 'This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.' Then He brought him outside and said, 'Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.' And He said to him, 'So shall your descendants be.' And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness." (Genesis 15:1-6)

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it." (John 1:1-3)

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