People need a more personal understanding of God than is available through nature and general history. God has provided particular revelation of himself. The modalities that God uses include historical events, divine speech, and the incarnation of God in Christ. Theologians have disagreed as to whether special revelation is propositional or personal. The bible provides both cognitive and affective knowledge of God.
What is the nature of special revelation?
Name and describe three characteristics of special revelation. What does each contribute to our understanding of special revelation?
Through what three means has God chosen to reveal himself? How does each contribute to our understanding of special revelation?
Why is the incarnation the most complete modality of special revelation?
How would you compare and contrast personal and propositional revelation? Which is more important and why?
As creator and source of all truth, God has the right to command belief and obedience from all human beings. Although in some cases God exercises authority directly, he normally uses other means such as communicating his message to human beings. This occurs in the bible. The Holy Spirit illuminates and applies the teaching of the bible to both the human understanding and the heart. All scripture is historically authoritative, that is, it tells us correctly what occurred and what God expected from specific persons at particular times and places. Some of scripture is also normatively authoritative. That means that those parts of scripture are to be applied and obeyed in the same fashion in which they were originally given.
For what reasons is the Holy Spirit needed if we are to understand the bible and be certain of its truth?
What is the importance of 1 Corinthians 2:14 in relation to the Holy Spirit?
Compare and contrast the objective and subjective components of authority
How are biblical hermeneutics and apologetics involved in the relationship between scripture and reason?