Compare-and-contrast-the-Bible-and-its-authority-to-general-revelation-and-its-authority. D Wadsworth



Every believer will wholeheartedly desire to know and do the will of God. “For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding” (Col. 1:9).


The doctrine of revelation has two well-recognized divisions, general revelation, and special revelation (Authority). The term “general” is that it is available to all men In fact, Paul tells us that that which is known about God is evident within [mankind]; for God made it evident to them; 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 [people] are without excuse (Romans 1:29-20).

It is sometimes designated “natural revelation” because its source is in “nature,” including man himself who is made in the image of God. While the doctrine of general revelation is grounded in the teaching of the O.T. (Genesis 1 and 2, Psalm 19, etc.), it is not relevant to the subject of this question per se.

The latter division of the doctrine of revelation is called “special” because it

implies an active self-disclosure by God in contrast to the passive nature of general

revelation, which must be gained by an effort on the part of man. But “special” also

implies a limitation or particularization in the beneficiaries of the revelation, in contrast to

the universality of general revelation.

West Main Baptist blog post “General revelation is like having raw data. Special revelation gives us the right interpretation of that data, leaving the Bible as authoritative over general revelation. The Bible as special revelation delivered to us from God is objective truth from above and not prone to the influence of sinful mankind.”

Therefore, there are many things revealed to us in the Bible that we would never know otherwise, the knowledge of the gospel, how to live a life pleasing with God, and God’s will. When comparing and contrasting the Bible and its authority to general revelation and its authority, it is important to understand that the Bible is in the category of special revelation.

      And my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

(1 Corinthians 2:4-5 ESV)

            For we know in part and we prophesy in part, but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I gave up childish ways. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.

(1 Corinthians 13:9-12 ESV)


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