The Chain Of Divine Revelation

W. Terry Varner
October 15, 2017

Men do not understand the chain of divine revelation. It is essential that we understand as it references how God’s message in the Old Testament and the New Testament is revealed to man. The Bible is the divine witness or God’s involvement in the history of man. The Bible is the divine record of God acting and communicating to man. The conclusion is that the Bible is the product of divine revelation and divine inspiration. Because of divine revelation, we are privileged to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). How are we to understand The Chain of Divine Revelation? The following sets forth the explanation.

God is the first link in The Chain of Divine Revelation. Since the Bible is the revelation or message from God to man, this makes God, not man, the divine architect of the Bible. Paul writes, “All things are of God” (2 Cor. 5:18). God planned all things with “the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Eph. 3:11) “before the foundation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20).

Christ is the second link in The Chain of Divine Revelation. Man is lost and God reconciles man to Himself by Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18-19) as revealed in the Bible. Christ is the sacrifice for man’s salvation. He “shed His blood for the remission of sins” (Matt. 26:26-28).

The Holy Spirit is the third link in The Chain of Divine Revelation. The Holy Spirit guided, empowered, and enabled the apostles to make known God’s will inerrantly, authoritatively, trustworthily, etc. Jesus said the Holy Spirit spoke through the apostles (Mark 13:11). The baptism of the Holy Spirit on the apostles enabled the apostles to “remember all things” (John 15:27), to be “taught all things” (John 14:26), to “bear witness” to Christ (John 15:26-27), and to be “guided into all truth” and to know “all things to come (John 16:13).

The apostles are the fourth link in The Divine Chain of Revelation. The apostles are called the “ambassadors for Christ” (2 Cor. 5:20). An ambassador is a representative for someone. The apostles were selected by God and given to Jesus (cf. John 17:6). Jesus prayed for His apostles with emphasis on their teaching. “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word” (John 17:20). When the apostles spoke for God they spoke “not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches” (1 Cor. 2:13). This verse, as others, teaches both verbal (word) and plenary (all or total) inspiration.

Paul wrote that “by revelation He made known to me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in a few words, whereby, when you read, you made understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, as it is now revealed to His holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (Eph. 3:3-5). Words are necessary in making God’s will known to man. This explains Peter “telling words” to Cornelius “whereby you and all your hose shall be saved” (Acts 11:14).

Man is the fifth and final link in The Chain of Divine Revelation. How so? God speaks “to us by His Son” (Heb. 1:2a) commanding us to “be reconciled to God” (2 Cor. 5:20) “by the blood of Christ” (Col. 1:0) by being “baptized into the death of Christ” (Rom. 6:3-4). God then adds those baptized to the “one body” His church (Eph. 1:22-23; 4:4; Col. 1:18). Man must obey God’s will (cf. Matt. 7:21) in order to appropriate The Chain Divine of Revelation. It is by divine revelation whereby man will judged in the last day (John 12:48).