How is the Bible Special Revelation?
Theology I Ditty #2
Since natural revelation has been defined as the means by which God shows Himself in natural senses, special revelation can be defined as the means by which God shows Himself in supernatural senses. The Bible is the source of special revelation to us. In the Old Testament, God spoke through prophets. They revealed God’s Word to the people. Today, the final source of God’s message to us is found in His Word. 2 Timothy 3 tells us that all Scripture is God breathed, or inspired. God spoke His Word into existence to reveal Himself to us in a special way.
The Bible provides God’s special message to His people. It reveals things about Him and His redemptive plan that would otherwise remain a mystery to us. 2 Peter tells us that no prophecy came from the will of man but from God alone. Hebrews 1 reminds us that the incarnation was the pinnacle of special revelation. God’s Word is the record not only of the incarnation but also of how God would have us live as a result of it. Because the Word of God is written, it is reliable. It was no accident that God chose to use a written record rather than an oral one. The written record can remain untarnished by human emotion or interpretation. As God inspired the writers to write down what He would have us know about Himself, they were providing a means of special revelation that would outlast any spoken word. God’s hand in the writing of Scripture also maintains its infallibility and inerrancy. How can there be error in God breathed, special revelation to us? With God’s very breath speaking to the writers of Scripture, we are insured that what they have recorded is a specific and special message from the creator Himself to His creation.