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ATwo Revelations@

Heb. 1:1-2

 

Rather than concealing Himself, God is concerned with revealing Himself. The very thought of the Creator conveying His very essence to His creatures is a mind-boggling consideration. Yet, such is the reality found in the Bible. After all, God wants us Ato know Him more clearly, love Him more dearly, and follow Him more nearly@ (Richard of Chichester). Therefore, the revealing of Himself is very purposeful. God has revealed Himself in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. What can be said about such revelations? What is unique and different about these two revelations?

 

I There are some initial considerations of the two revelations.

 

A. The inspiration for the revelations: AGod spoke@ (v. 1).

Illustration: One of the most common speech disturbances that originates in childhood is stuttering.

Here, children/adults repeat the same sound in an effort to speak. This is a result of nervous spasms and appears to be related to fears. God does not stutter!

There are no >theories= of inspiration. Scriptures declare the mind & will of God.

B. The interdependence of the revelations: God spoke in both the OT & the NT (v. 1 and 2).

The same God spoke in both. The new does not ignore the old - it completes, develops, and fulfills it.

 

II There are some important characterizations of the two revelations.

 

A. The revelation in the Old Testament is inferior (v. 1).

1. It is ancient - Along ago to the fathers@

God spoke to the Israelites in olden times from Adam to Malachi.

2. It is prophetic - Ain the prophets@

God spoke to every generation through His holy spokesmen & writers.

3. It is fragmentary - Ain many portions@

This word emphasizes the quantity or richness of the varied contents: communicating one truth to one age & another to a succeeding age. They never let their message be out of date.

Illustration: Communication is the means of giving & receiving information. A teacher, for example, seeks to impart knowledge to students. A salesman seeks to convince people of their need for his product. Writers seek to convey messages through the printed page.

Through cell phones & other devices we exchange thoughts & ideas w/ others. In all these efforts, we must seek to be accurate, informed, interesting, & relevant. God has sought to do just that. And we are responsible for responding to or properly receiving what He says.

4. It is variegated - Ain many ways@

This word emphasizes the quality or richness of the varied forms: dreams, visions, voices, poetry, law, prophecy, angels, sacrifices, etc.

 

B. The revelation in the New Testament is superior (v. 2).

1. It is recent and final - Ain these last days@

At the end of the OT period. The >last days= began when Jesus came into the world.

AIn Jesus God entered humanity & eternity invaded time@ (Barclay).

2. It is personal - Ato us@

In contrast to the Old Testament people.

3. It is perfect - Ain His Son@

The Son of God is far superior to dreams, visions, voices, angels, prophets, etc.

4. It is complete - AWhom He appointed heir of all things, thru Whom also He made the world.@ Illustration: A person=s ambition may be consummated/completed in winning a prize. An artist=s skills may be consummated/completed in paintings; an athlete=s skill consummated/completed in competitions. The OT revelation is consummated in Jesus. The glorious and creative power of God belongs to Jesus the Son of God.

The privileges of the ancient Hebrews were great (Rom. 9:4-5), but ours are much higher (Mt. 16:16-17). Our responsibilities are also much heavier (Heb. 12:22-25). What a way to reveal our gratitude to God by shaping our lives in accordance with the glorious and completed circle of His great truths! After all, God is before what we do, behind what we do, better than what we do, and blesses what we do.

 

 

Dr. Morris Murray, Jr. 

 

 

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