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Evening Seminar - Session 1 Notes

1. The Scriptures

God and Revelation

Our eternal, transcendent, all-glorious God, who forever exists as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, is by his very nature a communicative being.[1] He both creates[2] and governs[3] through his words and has graciously revealed himself[4] to humanity[5] in order to commune with us.[6] He has revealed himself through creation and providence in ways plain to all people, leaving no one without a testimony of himself.[7] He also revealed himself through specific words, that we might come to a fuller knowledge of his character and will,[8] learning what is necessary for salvation and life.[9]Through the medium of human language,[10] which is suitable and adequate for communication with those who bear his image, God has preserved in Holy Scripture the only authoritative and complete revelation for all humanity.[11]

[1] Gen 1:3; John 1:1; 17:5; Heb 3:7.

[2] Gen 1; Ps 33:9; 147:18; 148:5; Col 1:15-17; Heb 11:3.

[3] Ps 29; Lam 3:37-38; Isa 46:8-11; Col 1:15-17; Heb 1:3.

[4] Deut 29:29; 1 Sam 3:21.

[5] Gen 1:26; Gen 2:15-17.

[6] Acts 17:24-27.

[7] Gen 3:8-9; Ps 19:1-6; Hos 2:20; John 10:14-15; Acts 14:17; Rom 1:19-21.

[8] Ps 19:7-11.

[9] 2 Tim 3:15-17; 2 Pet 1:3-4.

[10] Exod 32:16; Heb 1:1-2.

[11] Rev 22:18-19.

ESV Scripture Text References:

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Supplemental Reading:

Excerpts from The Doctrine of the Word by John Frame:

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