God’s General Revelation
No one is born with a comprehensive understanding of the Universe. However, there are certain things that we can all learn from observing the world around us. God has generally revealed His attributes to us simply by creating the world.
Romans 1:20: For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.
Despite this general revelation man persisted in rebellion against God.
Romans 1:21: For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
God’s Special Revelation
Because God’s general revelation was ignored by men, speculations about God and His nature abounded endlessly. However, God chose to reveal Himself in a special way. God communicated to humanity truths about Himself that would have otherwise never been discovered. The result of this special revelation is the Bible.
Hebrews 1:1-4: 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, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much better than the angels, as He has inherited a more excellent name than they.
What is the Bible?
What does the Bible says about itself?
Since the Bible is the special revelation of God, the best way to learn about the Bible is to see what it says about itself. The Bible teaches that, among other things, it is:
- Complete (Deut 4:2; Rev 22:18-19)
- Perfect (Ps 12:6)
- True (John 17:17)
- Righteous (Ps 119:137-138)
- Effective (Is 55:11)
- Directive (Ps 119:105)
- Valuable (Ps 19:10)
- Authoritative (James 1:22)
- Wonderful (Ps 119:129)
- Helpful (Ps 119:9)
- Nourishing (Jer 15:16; 1 Pt 2:2)
- For all people (Rom 16:26)
- Powerful (Luke 16:29-30)
- A Means to Faith and Salvation (Rom 10:17)
- Cleansing (James 1:21)
- Inspired by God (2 Tim 3:16; 2 Pt 1:20-21)
- Living and Active (Heb 4:12)
- Purifying (Jer 23:29)
- Reliable (Prove 30:5)
- Like a Sword (Eph 6:17; Heb 4:12)
- The Word of God (1 Thess 2:13)
- A Good and Perfect Gift (James 1:17-18)
- A Source of Wisdom (Ps 119:98)
What did Jesus say about the Bible?
Jesus said He came to fulfill the Old Testament.
Matthew 5:17: “Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
Jesus said the Old Testament pointed to His ministry.
John 5:39: “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me…”
Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come and inspire the writers of the NT.
John 16:13: “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”