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Unformatted text preview: LECTURE SEVENTEEN: SCRIPTURE AND REVELATION [Koessler, 47-80] Unit Two We Are Protestants I. The Churchs Authority Bibliology A . The Very Idea of Scripture 1. The Meaning of the Term Bible 2. The Meaning of the Term Scripture a. Generally, the term means writings. b. However in the NT the term refers to the sacred writings. c. Which books are considered Scripture in the NT? The OT books are consistently considered Scripture (e.g., 2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20-21). But sometimes NT books are also called Scripture (2 Peter 3:16; 1 Timothy 5:18, cf. Deut 25:4 and Luke 10:7). d. Summary: The Holy Bible, Scripture, is a masterpiece of design for the purpose. The need: a divine message for mankind. The problem: how can this message be delivered accurately, how will it be possible to speak this very message with clarity and precision to a host of cultures (around the world) and in various temporal settings (through history) without the need for 4 God to repeat Himself with ever recurring new revelations, and how can the message be preserved accurately in its transmission from place to place and over thousands of years? One authoritative, inspired, inerrant book (J.I. Packer, Fundamentalism and the Word of God , 87-88). B. Revelation 1. Definition Revelation is the Divine disclosure of the knowledge of the divine nature and the mystery of the divine will and purpose to man 2. Two Types of Revelation a. General Revelation 1) Definition: General revelation only gives general or indirect information about God, including the fact of Gods existence and that God is powerful. . . . General revelation is likewise general in that it is available to all humankind, in contrast to the divine self-disclosure that god revealed to certain persons in special revelation (Grenz, Guretzki, and Nordling, Pocket Dictionary, 54-55). 2) Examples: a) Creation: Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-32 b) History and providence: Daniel 2:21; 4:17 c) Humanity: Psalm 139:13-16; Romans 2:14-15 b. Special Revelation 1) Definition: Special revelation is more specific and direct [than general revelation] and includes the appearance of the living Word (Jesus Christ himself) and the written word of God (the Scriptures), revealing a holy, loving and just God who graciously provides forgiveness of sin (Grenz, Guretzki, and Nordling, Pocket Dictionary, 54-55)....
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This note was uploaded on 04/19/2008 for the course TH 1110 taught by Professor Barbieri during the Fall '07 term at Moody Bible Institute.
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