revelation consists of a series of supernatural events and communications, the record of which is presented in the Scriptures.
<441723> Acts 17:23 ? Paul shows that, though the Athenians, in the erection of an altar to an unknown God, ?acknowledged a divine existence beyond any which the ordinary rites of their worship recognized, that Being was still unknown to them; they had no just conception of his nature and perfections? (Hackett, in loco ). <490309>Ephesians 3:9 ? ?the mystery which hath been hid in God? ? this mystery is in the gospel made known for man?s salvation. Hegel, in his Philosophy of Religion, says that Christianity is the only revealed religions, because the Christians God is the only one from whom a revelation can come. We may add that as science is the accord of man?s progressive interpretation of God?s revelation in the realm of nature, so Scripture is the record of man?s progressive interpretation of God?s revelation in the realm of spirit. The phrase ?word of God? does not primarily denote a record, ? it is the spoken word, the doctrine , the vitalizing truth , disclosed by Christ; see <401319> Matthew 13:19^ ?heareth the word of the kingdom?: <420501>Luke 5:1 ? ?heard the word of God?; <440125>Acts 1:25 ? ?spoken the word of the Lord?; 13:48,49 ?glorified the word of God: ?the word of the Lord was spread abroad?; 19:18, 20-19:10,20 ? ?heard the word of the Lord? mightily grew the word of the Lord?. <460118>1 Corinthians 1:18 ? ?the word of the cross? ? all designating not a document, but an unwritten word; cf. Jeremiah 1 4 ? ?the word of Jehovah came unto me? <260103>Ezekiel 1:3 ? ??the word of Jehovah came expressly ants Ezekiel, the priest.?
(c) The Scriptures the Final Standard of Appeal. ? Science and Scripture throw light upon each other. The same divine Spirit who gave both revelations is still present, ennabling the believer to interpret the one by the other and thus progressively to come to the knowledge of the truth. Because of our finiteness and sin, the total record in Scripture of God?s past communications is a more trustworthy source of theology than are our conclusions from nature or our private impressions of the teaching of the Spirit. Theology therefore looks to the Scripture itself as its chief source of material and its final standard of appeal.
There is an internal work of the divine Spirit by which the outer word is made an inner word, and its truth and power are manifested to the heart. Scripture represents this work of the Spirit, not as a giving of new truth, but as an illumination of the mind to perceive the fullness of meaning which lay wrapped up in the truth already revealed. Christ is ?the truth? ( <431406>John 14:6); ?in whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge
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