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October 1, 2007 / Daniel

Special Revelation

Here’s more of my creed on revelation for Christian Theology. 

Special revelation refers to God’s self-disclosure to certain people in particular times and places in history. As God in the flesh, Jesus Christ is the pinnacle and culmination of God’s revelation of Himself to man (John 1:18; Heb. 1:1-3; Rom. 10:4). And since the Bible is the chief and foremost witness of Jesus, the Bible is the very foundation of God’s self-disclosure (Luke 24:24; 2 Pet. 1:16-19).

Like Jesus, who is the Incarnate Word of God, the authorship of the Bible, the written Word of God, is both fully human and fully divine (John 1:1-14). The Bible was written because God moved holy men by His Spirit to write and compile the Scripture (2 Pet. 1:21). In fact, all of the words of Scripture have been breathed by God’s own Spirit (2 Tim. 3:16). This does not mean that God dictated Scripture to the human authors; but rather that “the Holy Spirit so guided and superintended the writers of the sacred text, making use of their own unique personalities, that they wrote all that he wanted them to write, without excess or error” (Theissen). Since the Bible reveals a trustworthy and faithful God, who does not lie or mislead, we can trust the original manuscripts of Scripture to be infallible and inerrant in all that they teach (Heb. 6:18; Prov. 30:5).

Understanding the unique nature of Scripture’s authorship as fully human and fully divine is crucial to the proper interpretation of the Bible. We must seek to understand the original intent of the human author. We must treat the human author’s meaning as God’s meaning for the text (1 Thess. 2:13). Therefore, Scripture should be interpreted historically, grammatically, and contextually. The meaning of the text resides within the human author, and not the reader.

Got any feedback? I still have more stuff to cover in the creed.

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  1. Matthew C / Oct 2 2007 7:42 am

    I love Thiessen’s systematic theology. Sadly, I only have the revised edition.

    I have read the original Non-Calvinist edition and it is much better.

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