Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Reservoir & Conduit of Divine Truth: Carl FH Henry on Revelation

One of the most important books written in the past century is Carl FH Henry's book, God, Revelation and Authority (6 Volume Set). In that series, he offers 15 theses regarding revelation that are worth passing on.

1. Revelation is a divinely initiated activity, Godʼs free communication by which he
alone turns his personal privacy into a deliberate disclosure of his reality.


2. Divine revelation is given for human benefit, offering us privileged communication
with our Creator in the kingdom of God.


3. Divine revelation does not completely erase Godʼs transcendent mystery, inasmuch
as God the Revealer transcends his own revelation.


4. The very fact of disclosure by the one living God assures the comprehensive unity of
divine revelation.


5. Not only the occurrence of divine revelation, but also its very nature, content, and
variety are exclusively Godʼs determination.


6. Godʼs revelation is uniquely personal both in content and form.


7. God reveals himself not only universally in the history of the cosmos and of the
nations, but also redemptively within this external history in unique saving acts.


8. The climax of Godʼs special revelation is Jesus of Nazareth, the personal incarnation
of God in the flesh; in Jesus Christ the source and content of revelation converge
and coincide.


9. The mediating agent in all divine revelation is the Eternal Logos -- preexistent,
incarnate, and now glorified.


10.Godʼs revelation is rational communication conveyed in intelligible ideas and
meaningful words, that is, in conceptual-verbal form.


11.The Bible is the reservoir and conduit of divine truth.


12.The Holy Spirit superintends the communication of divine revelation, first, by
inspiring the prophetic-apostolic writings, and second, by illuminating and
interpreting the scripturally given Word of God.


13.As bestower of spiritual life the Holy Spirit enables individuals to appropriate Godʼs
revelation savingly, and thereby attests the redemptive power of the revealed truth of
God in the personal experience of reborn sinners.


14.The church approximates the kingdom of God in miniature; as such she is mirror to
each successive generation the power and joy of the appropriated realities of divine
revelation.


15.The self-manifesting God will unveil his glory in a crowning revelation of power and
judgment; in this disclosure at the consummation of the ages, God will vindicate
righteousness and justice, finally subdue and subordinate evil, and bring into being a
new heaven and earth
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Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Prolegomena 5

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Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Bibliology 2 
Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Bibliology 3
Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Bibliology 4
Christian Theology: Blogging Through Erickson - Bibliology 5   


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Blogizomai - Wherefore Art Thou Theological Giants?
Blogizomai - On Special Revelation: Dreams, Visions, Theophanies, and the Word of God 
Blogizomai - Is Hell Real?: The Difference Between Emergent Agnostic Doctrine & Orthodoxy
Blogizomai - Condemnation But No Justification: The Purpose of General Revelation


For more:
Blogizomai - The Gospel and the Story of Everything
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Theology - "God's Word in Human Words": Full Series
Theology - The Real Divide:  Luther, the Reformation, and the Fight Over Perspicuity - Part 1
Theology - The Real Divide:  Luther, the Reformation, and the Fight Over Perspicuity - Part 2
Theology - The Real Divide:  Luther, the Reformation, and the Fight Over Perspicuity - Part 3
Theology - The Real Divide:  Luther, the Reformation, and the Fight Over Perspicuity - Part 4
Theology - The Real Divide:  Luther, the Reformation, and the Fight Over Perspicuity - Part 5
Theology - John MacArthur and the Authority of Scripture  
Blogizomai - The Book of the Prophet Habakkuk
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