The Greek for revelation is anoKaAu^iq (cf. the cognate verb, anoKaAunt« to reveal). The words revelation and reveal imply an unveiling or disclosing of things unknown—a coming into view. It is reasonable to suppose that God would speak to His creatures whom He has made quite capable of such communion. He has spoken in various ways:
1. By the Creation. This is declared in Psalm 19:1-6 and Romans 1:19-20.
2. By the Written Word. The Bible claims to be (2 Tim. 3:16), and is, God's written Word. In every particular it has proved to be His message to man. It treats faithfully and truthfully of things whether in heaven or on earth. Indeed, it discloses things otherwise unknown.
3. By the Living Word. While the written Word unveils many things, the one message to come preeminently through the Son (Heb. 1:1-2) is that which declares the Father. John 1:18 states that no full revelation of Him had been given until Christ came (see Logos). Christ unveiled the wisdom of God (John 7:46; 1 Cor. 1:24) and the power of God (John 3:2), but the prime message disclosed is of God's love, and that unveiled not so much in His life and work as in His death (Rom. 5:8; 1 John 3:16). This is the essential meaning of Hebrews 1:1-2 (cf. John 3:16).
4. By the Book of Revelation. The Apocalypse is so named because it is an unveiling of the Lord Jesus Christ, a revelation which the Father gave His Son (not, first of all, John) to show unto His servants (Rev. 1:1).
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