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1444 revelation, in NT

1444 revelation, in NT

The NT fulfils and completes the revelation of God which began in the OT. Jesus Christ is the central focus of this self-revelation of God.

The unity and progress of revelation

The unity of OT and NT Mt 5:17-18 See also Ro 3:21-22; 2Ti 3:14-15; 2Pe 3:15-16 The writings of Paul are presented as having equal status with the OT Scriptures; Rev 22:18-19 These sanctions have the same force as those of Dt 4:2; 12:32.

The progress of NT revelation Heb 1:1-2 See also Heb 2:1-4; Heb 12:22-27

The NT fulfils and completes God’s revelation of himself

Jesus Christ is the supreme revelation of God Col 1:25-27 See also Jn 1:9-18; Jn 14:6; Ac 4:12; Gal 4:4; Php 2:6-8; Heb 2:14

Jesus Christ is the image of God 2Co 4:4; Col 1:15

Jesus Christ has the nature of God Php 2:6

Jesus Christ is the exact representation of God Heb 1:3

Jesus Christ is the incarnate Word of God Jn 1:14

The role of the Holy Spirit in revelation

He is the divine agent of revelation Jn 16:12-15 See also Jn 14:16-17; Jn 15:26; 1Jn 4:6; 1Jn 5:6; Rev 2:7,11,17,29; Rev 3:6,13,22

He is the source of revelatory manifestations 1Co 12:7-11 See also Ac 2:1-12; Ro 12:6; 1Co 12:28-30; 1Co 13:8-12; 1Co 14:1-33; Eph 4:11

God’s purposes in revelation

To reveal himself in Jesus Christ Col 1:15-20 See also Jn 1:14; Jn 12:44-45; Jn 14:9; 2Co 4:4; Heb 1:3

To reveal his plan through Jesus Christ Eph 1:9-10 See also Ro 16:25-27; 1Co 2:7-10; Eph 3:3-11; Col 1:19-20

See also

1315God as redeemer
1432prophecy in NT
2218Christ, Son of God
2321Christ as redeemer
2333Christ, attitude to OT
2580Christ, transfiguration
3140Holy Spirit, teacher
3281Holy Spirit, inspiration
6717reconciliation, world to God
7966spiritual gifts

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