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Posted by on Oct 24, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

Revelation in Nature & Conscience

Revelation in Nature & Conscience

*Theology Thursday* — Two different concepts of what revelation is – a broad concept and a narrow or more restricted concept. In the broad sense, “revelation” means a communication from God. It is some sort of a word that comes from God telling us something. In a narrower sense, “revelation” means the unveiling of something hidden, the exposure of something not known. It is important to keep these two senses distinct because while the Bible is revelation in the first sense not all of the Bible is a revelation in that narrow sense. Prophecy and the Book of Revelation would be an example of that.   But then there are two kinds of revelation: general and special. General revelation is general in two senses. First, it provides information about God that is generally available to all persons in human history, regardless of the time and place in which they have lived – it is generally available. Also it is general in a second sense, it is general information about...

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Posted by on Oct 17, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

We Know That We Know

We Know That We Know

*Theology Thursday* — In Romans 2:14-16 Paul says that the Creator has implanted his moral law in the hearts of all persons.   “When Gentiles who have not the law do by nature what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. They show that what the law requires is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness and their conflicting thoughts accuse or perhaps excuse them on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”   Paul is saying that the requirements of God’s law are written on the hearts of all people, even non-Jews who don’t have the Mosaic Law, and therefore they do by nature what the law requires. There’s a kind of common moral code that fills the world’s societies that is rooted in the conscience of man. Paul says that our conscience bears witness and tells us what to do and what not to do....

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Posted by on Oct 10, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

Revelation Generally Available

Revelation Generally Available

*Theology Thursday* — What do we mean by general revelation? It’s generally available.  It is not restricted to certain people or certain times and places in history. It is available to all of humankind. Secondly, on the basis of God’s general revelation in nature and conscience, people can know that there is a Creator of the universe who has enormous power; but they won’t know that He’s a Trinity, and they won’t know that He became incarnate in Jesus Christ. So general revelation gives only general information about who God is, not specific information.   Now how does God reveal himself generally to us? In Romans, Paul talks about two ways in which God is generally revealed. The first way is in nature. In Romans 1:18-20, Paul talks about how God has revealed himself to all humanity through the created order. “So they are without excuse;”   On the basis of nature alone, all persons everywhere at any time in history can know that there is an eternal Creator...

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Posted by on Oct 3, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

Revelation – Broad & Narrow

Revelation – Broad & Narrow

*Theology Thursday* — It wouldn’t make sense to talk about general revelation in nature because the whole point of general revelation is that it’s not hidden – it’s open, it’s generally available.  So rather than deny that the Bible is revelation and create all kinds of misunderstandings, it is helpful if we make a distinction between two senses of the word “revelation”.       Technically, with revealing something that is hidden, only certain parts of the Bible would be revelation. For example, the Book of Revelation would be revelation in that sense. John sees a vision from God which reveals to him what is going to come. And so he calls his book the Apocalypse or the Revelation of what’s going to happen. Or in 1 Corinthians 12-14, Paul talks about Christian worship services where prophets would speak, and he says that if a revelation is made to someone else, then let the others be quiet so that they can hear what is being said. This would be...

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Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

Authority Revealed

Authority Revealed

*Theology Thursday* — The Question of Authority.  What do we mean by “authority?” Well, authority is the right to demand belief and obedience. So, for example, in a family structure, parents have authority with respect to their children, to demand that the children do certain things and obey their parents. Obviously there are higher authorities but ultimately we have to get to the final court of appeal, the highest authority beyond which there is no higher authority. That will be God himself. God has the right, as the supreme authority, to demand belief and obedience unconditionally from us.   So the practical question becomes, then, how do we discover God’s will and mind? If God is the ultimate authority who directs our lives, commands us to live in certain ways, and requires us to believe certain things, how do we know God’s will and mind on any subject, so as to follow his authority? Well, the answer to that question is revelation. Revelation is the discovery of God’s will...

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Posted by on Sep 19, 2013 in Theology Thursday | 0 comments

Third Person of GOD

Third Person of GOD

*Theology Thursday* — We’ve seen that the Holy Spirit is a distinct person from the Father and the Son. We should not look over the fact that the Holy Spirit is God as well. Let’s just look at a couple of passages.   Matthew 12:28: Jesus says, “But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.” Here the Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of God.   Acts 5:3-But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back part of the proceeds of the land? While it remained unsold, did it not remain your own? And after it was sold, was it not at your disposal? How is it that you have contrived this deed in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.”   In verse 3, Peter says to Ananias, “You have lied to the Holy Spirit,” and then...

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