Special Revelation

Between general and special revelation is a chasm of difference. General revelation does not save anyone. No one will be saved, by looking out toward the heavens, and without the gospel being proclaimed to them or reading the holy scriptures, and say to themselves “Jesus is the Son of God and He died to atone for my sin”. At the very most, general revelation shows the individual that whatever god created the universe is faithful (the sun keeps rising, the seasons continue) he is gracious (food keeps growing, sickness is absent or temporary) and that he is kind (the earth is plentiful with pleasantries and the like). But general revelation will not save. Romans 10:17 “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” The Word of Christ is the means of faith/salvation, i.e. the message about Christ - the gospel. The Westminster Confession of Faith says this about general revelation: It is “not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of His will, which is necessary unto salvation”.

One of the most important biblical texts describing God’s special revelation is found in Hebrews 1:1–2, which reads: “Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world." In times past, before the completion of Scripture, God revealed His redemptive work through the prophets by means of dreams, visions, and theophanies. But now, special revelation has received its permanent form in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments.

Both general and special revelation are infallible, for it is God revealing Himself in both fashions, and what God reveals cannot be fallible. That said however we ought to realize that the scriptures must be held higher than anything else.

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Nick Muyres

Hello everyone, my name is Nick. I have been a Christian for about 5 years, so while I am not one with a story of a young conversion, God saved me exactly when He pleased to. In recent years I have taken fully, and completely to reformed theology, being presbyterian, the Westminster standards, the historic confessions, the creeds and all that go with it! The veil of being the center of the universe, the gospel, and deciding factor of my salvation has been lifted, and it is absolutely clear that God is the one in complete control. I am married to an absolutely gorgeous woman, and we have two beautiful and rambunctious boys, Isaac and Everett. Karlie and I met in high school began dating, fell in love and have been married since we were 19 years old. Karlie, our boys and I live in southern Georgia while I finish my time in the navy until we move back to Pittsburgh this winter. Our marriage is far from perfect, but God's grace is at work binding us together to understand more fully His covenant with us, and the covenant that we made with each other.