General & Special Revelation

How God Has Revealed Himself

 

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WithChrist.org affirms the classic evangelical Protestant doctrines of General & Special Revelation.  This has been my personally-held view for over forty years.  WithChrist.org is dedicated to a biblical framework for interpreting Scripture built upon the recovery of truth contained in the Pauline epistles, which more-or-less began with Martin Luther (1483–1546), the Protestant Reformation (first stage), and was followed by John N. Darby (1800–1882) and the early Plymouth Brethren (second stage).  Dan R. Smedra

 

General revelation is a term used by Christian theologians and students of the Bible to denote a level of knowledge about God universally available based on the observable order of the created universe.  General revelation operates on the level of man's five senses and precludes the supernatural.  Psalm 19:1-4 reads: "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."  Further, the Apostle Paul wrote in Romans 1: "For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities--his eternal power and divine nature-- have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse [as to the knowledge of God's existence]."  Mankind's unique characteristics of personality, rationality and morality testify to an uncommon origin, despite any and all efforts to deny their significance.

 

Special revelation is used to explain the direct, supernatural communication of God's mind (thoughts) and person to select individuals.  It is best analogous to the personal, communicative relationships that form and develop one human to another.  The opening sentence of the book of Hebrews states, "In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe."  This level of knowledge is NOT universally available, rather it is given by God supernaturally to those who are born again (John 3:3).  "...we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began.  None of the rulers of this age understand it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory.  However, as it is written: No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.  But God has revealed it to us by his Spirit" (1 Cor. 2:7-10).

 

The purpose of this webpage is to provide readers with various resource links to safe and sound articles and exposition on the subject of special revelation.  Note: the inclusion of a link should not be understood as a full endorsement of some particular writer or source.  Our goal is to present 'the best of the best', but with qualifications.  We hope readers will find this page a valuable resource.  

 


Special Revelation - Dr. Sam Storms

The Doctrine of Revelation - Rick Wade

 

 

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