Confession – Revelation of God

TYPES OF REVELATION

 I believe God initiated communication to us by disclosing Himself in various ways – by way of Creation, by His written word, and in Jesus Christ.  His speaking to us is a gift of His grace and we listen to Him by faith.  He is God and we are His creatures. (Gen 35:6-7; 1 Sam 3:21; Is 40:5, 43:12, 65:1)

I believe God has given us His divine revelation so we may know Him.  It is a privilege to commune with our Creator and Most High God.  He reveals His magnificence, wonder, perfections, and will to us. (Job 36:10, Ps 34:11, 85:8; Pr 4:1; Jn 10:27)

I believe God has not abandoned his transcendence in revealing Himself to us.  Even though we can know God, there are still mysteries known only to Him, and He knows infinitely more than He has revealed to us. (Job 11:7; Is 40:13; Dan 2:28; Rom 11:34; Eph 1:9, 3:4; Col 1:27, 2:2; Rev 10:7)

I believe God determines the nature and content of His revelation.  Nothing outside of God limits His revelation.  Both the writers and readers of Scripture are under His guidance and care.  He inspires the writers using each of their individual personalities, styles, and cultures to communicate His Story.  Readers are then guided by God to understand what they read. (Ex 24:4; Dt 31:19; Jer 36:5-7; Hab 2:2; Acts 1:1; 2 Pet 3:15)

I believe God has revealed Himself in a uniquely personal way.  He doesn’t speak to us abstractly, but rather bends down, in a sense, and speaks in a way we can understand Him personally. (Gen 21:12; 35:6-7; Ex 20:1-17; 1 Ki 3:10-12; Ps 10:17; Heb 1:1; 1 Jn 4:9)

I believe God has climaxed His revelation in the person of Jesus Christ.  He is both the source and content of our salvation, being the only way to God and the example of perfect humanity, being the last Adam. (Jn 2:11, 14:6; Rom 1:17, 16:25-27; 2 Tim 1:10, 4:1-2)

I believe God has used Scripture as the primary means in which to reveal Himself.  Scripture is where God gives us access to His great acts in history and His plan of redemption for humanity, especially in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. (Gen 1:1, 6:13; 45:4-5; Ex 3:7-10; Matt 14:20-22; Lk 8:21; 2 Tim 2:8-10; 2 Pet 3:5)

I believe God, by His Holy Spirit, makes possible the communication of His revelation.  The Holy Spirit first inspired the writers of Scripture and then He illumines what is written to His readers.  The Holy Spirit removes the blindness of sin in order for us to understand what we read and then make application to our lives. (Jn 14:26, 16:5-16; Rom 5:5, 14:17; Acts 1:8, 5:32, 9:31)

I believe God has appointed the Church as His agent in the world to communicate His revelation to future generations, telling of His Creation and redemption.  As His followers, we are to share His great story with others. (Ps 66:16; Matt 24:12-14; Mk 16:15-16; Lk 24:46-48; Acts 8:4; Rom 10:14-15)

I believe God will reveal His power and judgment in the last days.  He will reward and vindicate the righteous and punish and subdue the wicked, bringing into existence a new heaven and new earth, restoring and making new all things. (Ps 135:14; Matt 12:36; Rom 1:18, 2:5; Heb 10:26-28; 2 Pet 3:13) 

GENERAL & SPECIAL REVELATION

General Revelation

I believe God has revealed Himself to us through His Creation.  His visible and invisible qualities can be clearly seen in nature.  There is evidence in nature of a Designer.  All of the earth’s weather patterns, life cycles and detailed, precisioned and organized systems of plants, animals and humans are yet further evidence of His revelation to us.  God’s image that we bear and His providence throughout history is also a form of His general revelation. (Gen 1:27; Job 10:12; Ps 19:1-6, 119:43, 139:13; Rom 1:20, 2:14-15)

Special Revelation

I believe in the truth of Scripture.  It is powerful, distinguishing truth from error, discerning true and false teachings.  Being God-breathed, Scripture is without error, demonstrating its authority in all matters of faith, life, and Godliness. (Dt 4:1; Ps 33:4, 119:1-2; Amos 3:7; Jn 17:17; Gal 2:2)

I believe in the unity of Scripture.  Although each book in the Bible is unique, there is an underlying foundation that is consistent in the nature and purpose of God. (Gen 1:1, 2:15-16; Jn 1:1,3, 14; 1 Cor 15:22; Rev 21:1,3)

I believe in the clarity of Scripture.  Its teachings can be understood by all readers who are seeking God and who are willing in obedience to follow what they read. Understanding God’s revelation takes time, obedience, and spiritual growth toward maturity. (Dt 29:29, 30:11-14; Ps 19:7, 119:105, 130; 2 Cor 4:4; Rom 10:8; 2 Pet 3:16)

I believe in the sufficiency of Scripture.  It is enough for our worldview and our daily lives.  In studying them, we learn the right questions to ask and a framework from which to answer them. (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pet 1:3)

I believe in the power of Scripture.  It has the power to convict a sinner and lead him to salvation and truth.  It has power to transform lives and lead people to God, defeating evil and ignorance. (Jer 23:28-29; Is 55:11)

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