The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Psalm 19:1

“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and
unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because
that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it
evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes,
His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood
through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.”

Romans 1:18-20

John MacArthur:

“God has revealed Himself through natural [or General] revelation….

“…what does natural revelation bring to bear on a heart of a man? As he looks around and he sees creation around him, [Romans 1] verse 20, “the invisible things of God, from the creation of the world are clearly seen.” What is? “Being understood by the things that are made, even has eternal power and God had so that they are without excuse.”

“Now here he says that at least three things in that one verse, verse 20 are revealed by natural revelation and creation. What’s the first one? His eternal power. The second one, His Godhead. And really we could add to that, His wrath. And if we throw Psalm 19 into here, we can add “the firmament shows His handiwork, the heavens declare the glory of God.” So in natural revelation through creation man can see the glory of God, the power of God, the Godhead, and he can see God’s wrath.”

“But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is
a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God.”

2 Peter 1:20-21

“God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.
Hebrews 1:1-2

B. B. Warfield:

“…God is a person, and persons are known only as they make themselves known — reveal themselves. The term revelation is used in this distinction, therefore, in a pregnant sense. In the unrevealed religions God is known only as He has revealed Himself in His acts of the creation and government of the world as every person must reveal himself in his acts if he acts at all. In the one revealed religion God has revealed Himself also in acts of special grace, among which is included the open Word [Special Revelation].

“There is an element in revealed religion, therefore, which is not found in any unrevealed religion. This is the element of authority. Revealed religion comes to man from without; it is imposed upon him from a source superior to his own spirit.

“…Authority is the correlate of revelation, and wherever revelation is-and only where revelation is — is there authority. Just because we do not see in revelation man reaching up lame hands toward God and feeling fumblingly after Him if haply he may find Him, but God graciously reaching strong hands down to man, bringing him help in his need, we see in it a gift from God, not a creation of man’s….”

Blue Sky and Clouds, Bible, Cross at Sunset:
John MacArthur, Grace to YouGod Has Spoken.
Benjamin B. Warfield, Mysticism & Christianity, “This essay originally appeared in The Biblical
Review (vol. 2 ,1917, pp. 169-191) but this edition was derived from The Works of Benjamin B.
Warfield (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1991, vol. 9, pp. 649-666). The electronic
edition of this article was scanned and edited by Shane Rosenthal for Reformation Ink.  It is
in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. Pagination from the Baker
edition has been retained for purposes of reference. Scanning errors may be present in this

Original content: Copyright ©2010 Iwana Carpenter

3 thoughts on “Revelation

  1. I found Warfield’s essay, Mysticism & Christianity, earlier this summer when researching mysticism. As Warfield sorts out the errors of mysticism, he has these cogent words on revelation and authority. Some of the best delineations of truth are made as fallacies are refuted.

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