The Study of the Bible
Bringing Truths from Different Books of the Bible into Focus, Perspective, and Understanding.
"God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son ...." Hebrews 1:1-2a
God Revealing Himself to Man
A. GOD IS GREGARIOUS. He is a relational Being.
1. He Himself exists in three persons .
a. The name God – Elohim – is a plural noun (Genesis 1:1).
b. Plural pronouns are used of God (Gen. 1:26).
c. Clear statements are made of His Tri-Unity (Matthew 3:16-17; 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14; 1 Peter 1:2).
2. He created beings of worship (Revelation 4:6-8).
3. He created various levels of angels (Gen. 3:24; Isaiah 6:1-6).
4. He created man (Genesis 1:26-28).
B. GOD IS COMMUNICATIVE. God, as a relational Being, seeks to communicate with His creatures. In other words, He seeks to REVEAL Himself to His creatures for the purposes of maintaining a relationship with them. When man, the crown of God’s creation, estranged himself with God, God continued His efforts at self-revelation in order to re-establish a relationship with man. Our topic of Revelation concerns itself with how God reveals Himself to His Creature, Man.
1. The Natural Word of God. God reveals Himself to man through His created universe and through His benevolence in nature.
2. The Spoken Word of God. God reveals Himself to man through certain spokesmen called prophets.
3. The Written Word of God. Complete discussion pending. Go to The Inspiration of Scripture.
4. The Living Word of God. God's greatest revelation of Himself has been through His Son, Jesus the Messiah. Jesus is the Living Word of God.
See a more comprehensive discussion of the following -
The Inspiration of the Scriptures. The process by which God precisely communicated his words to the original writers.
The Inerrancy of the Scriptures. The fact that God reliably and accurately conveyed his revelation to the writers so that the original documents were without error and are reliable. (Pending)
The Canonicity of the Scriptures. How God sovereignly guided so that the books of the Bible we have today are the ones God intended to be part of the Scriptures. (Pending)
Go to Theology Index Page.
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Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE