Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The study of God (essential truths of the Christian faith)

The study of God; general and special revelation

[1] Theology: from the Greek words theos, meaning God, and logos, meaning study.

[2] Theology begins with the study of God. Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 1:1; John 1:1

[3] God reveals himself in two ways – general revelation or special revelation.

[4] In general revelation, God reveals himself:

  • to all men (Matt. 5:45; Acts 14:17)
  • everywhere (Psalm 19:2)
  • at all times (Acts 17:24-28)
  • through creation (Psalm 19:1-6; Romans 1:18-23)
  • and conscience (Romans 2:14-15).
  • [5] In special revelation, God reveals himself through supernatural methods, including scripture, to believers. The only true knowledge about God is from the Bible (John 1:18; 1John 4:12).

    [6] Knowing God, by J.I. Packer

    “We are cruel to ourselves if we try to live in this world without knowing about the God whose world it is and who runs it. The world becomes a strange, mad, painful place and life in it a disappointing and unpleasant business, for those who do not know about God. Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfold, as it were, with no sense of direction and no understanding of what surrounds you. This way you can waste your life and lose your soul.”

    Sources: (1) The Great Doctrines of the Bible by Rev. William Evans; (2) Bible Doctrines from Bible Broadcasting Network; (3) Theology from Galyn Wiemers’ Generation Word

    Note: Surf to the index of essential truths of the Christian faith (doctrinal devotional)

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