2The difference between Authority of ScriptureThe difference betweenrevelationnaturalandrevelationspecial
3The term, natural revelation refers to God’s providential act of self-disclosure in the natural world.
4Psalm 19:1-2 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge.
5Romans 1:19-20 …that which is known about God is evident within them; 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….
6Acts 14: He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons….
7The term,. special. revelation. refers to. God’s. providential The term, special revelation refers to God’s providential act of self disclosure through special, even miraculous, means.
8Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, restoring the soul; The testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple….
9Romans 10:14 How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher?
10Acts 14:15 Men, why are you doing these things Acts 14:15 Men, why are you doing these things? We are also men of the same nature as you, and preach the gospel to you that you should turn from these vain things to a living God….
11Natural revelation is not sufficient in itself to bring anyone to salvation.
12A Working DefinitionApart from God’s special act of self-disclosure in the Bible, it would be impossible to know the details of his will or come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
23Romans 1: For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.
24The purpose of special revelation is to . . . . . . instruct humanity more carefully about God.
25Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God Leviticus 11:44 For I am the LORD your God. Consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.
26Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens; He does whatever He pleases.
27Hebrews 4:13 And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do.
281 Peter 1:1-2 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those … who are chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, by the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be sprinkled with His blood….
30Exodus 20:5-6 I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
31Malachi 3:6 For I, the LORD, do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed.
32John 3: For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
332 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.
34The purpose of special revelation is to . . . . . . empower humanity to please God through his Son.
35Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
362 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
371 Peter 2:24 He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
381 Thessalonians 4:3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification.
39Ephesians 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we would be holy and blameless before Him.
40The Necessity of Scripture Only the Scriptures can lead us into the absolutely necessary truths about God’s forgiveness of us in Jesus Christ.