Description of the Holy Bible – Part 22
This vital step is illumination, that divine process whereby God causes the written revelation to be understood by the human heart.
This third step is needed because unsaved man is blinded both by his fallen and fleshly nature (1 Cor. 2:14) and by Satan himself (2 Cor. 4:3, 4).
The Person behind this illumination is the Holy Spirit. Just prior to His crucifixion, Christ promised to send the Holy Spirit, Who would illuminate both unsaved people (John 16:8-11) and Christians (John 14:26; 16:13, 14).
An important example of the Holy Spirit’s using God’s Word to illuminate sinners is seen at Pentecost, where three thousand people are saved after hearing Simon Peter preach about Christ and the Cross (Acts 2:36-41).
When you enter into a relationship with God, the Holy Spirit unveils the truths of Scripture to the mind, and what previously seemed dark and mysterious comes alive with new and surprising meaning. It is not a mater of intellect; it is a matter of illumination.
But Christians also need this illumination to help them fully grasp the marvellous message in God’s Word. Paul tells us that the Holy Spirit will show these tremendous truths to us as we read the Scriptures (1 Cor. 2:10; 2 Cor. 4:6).
The Bible: A Revelation
Christianity is a revealed religion, the record being contained in the sacred Scriptures. Revelations are always by “Spirit” and not by flesh and blood (Mat 16:17). “Flesh and blood” meaning a mortal in contrast with the Spirit Being, the Father. (cp 1 Cor 15:50; Gal 1:16; Eph 6:12; Heb 2:14). “God is Spirit” (John 4:24) that means Revelations are always by God.
Much of the Bible is a revelation. Man could never have known about ages of eternal past, the pre-Adamite world, Lucifer’s past, the creation of the spirit and material worlds, the future eternal ages, and many other things related to God’s plan for man except by direct revelation of these things through the Holy Spirit (Rom. 16:25, Eph. 3:3; Col. 1:26; 2:3; Rev. 1:1).
The many hundreds of prophecies are a direct revelation of things to come, which God alone could give (Acts 15:18; Eph. 2:7; 3:9-10; Rev. 1:1)
Revelation (Gkapokalupsis) when used of a revelation, it always denotes that which has had the covering taken off and the mystery removed, so that all can see alike what is revealed.
When used of writing, it means to reveal or make clear (Eph 3:3; Gal 1:12); when used of a person it denotes visible presence (Rev 1:1; 2 Thes 1:7; 1 Pet 1:7,13). In Revelation 1:1 the word refers to both the book and the person of Christ.
The Book of Revelation is not a revelation altogether concerning Christ, but one from Him. This book is the Revelation of, concerning, and from Jesus.
The Book of Revelation is a book of prophecy that is both prediction (foretelling future events) and proclamation (preaching about who God is and what He will do).
Prophecy is more than telling the future. Behind the predictions are important principles about God’s character and promises.
Revelation discovers new truth, while inspiration superintends the communication and recording of it.
Revelation guarantees that what God has revealed is truth; inspiration guarantees that not only all revelation, but also all other records of Scripture are truth—that what is recorded actually happened, as recorded.
The entire Bible is inspired, whether each passage is a revelation or not (2 Tim. 3:15-17).
Furthermore, inspiration records with equal accuracy the language of God, Satan, angels, demons, and men; but it does not place all that is said on the same level.
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