By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir
General Revelation means we have no excuse.
That God's influence, glory and presence is all around us, "mediated revelation". This is not pantheism, which teaches that everything is God, that creation itself is God. G.R. means that God is all present, "omnipresent", and we have no escape from Him, and His presence is reveled to us in His creation.
General Revelation also means that we as humans are religious by nature and seek a higher purpose and order. And God uses that nature to make himself known, "immediate revelation", that God plants an innate sense of who He is, even without the Word or missions. (Psalm 19; Isa. 44:9-20; Acts 14:8-19; 17: 16:34; Rom. 1:18-23; 2:14-15; Col. 3:5) Special Revelation is the Bible. That God directly inspired and is the ultimate source and superintendent of the original manuscripts without any error. He used humans as the author and as a tool, a word processor. Special Revelation is His will for our faith and practice of life and duty, law and grace, His plan and our purpose. (Psalm 119; John 17:17; I Thess. 2:13; II Tim. 3:15-17; II Pet. 1:20-21)
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