This section explores why revelation is indispensable in Christianity. It underscores that salvation, knowledge of God, doctrinal formation, and Christian living are all reliant on divine revelation.
Revelation as the Gateway to Salvation
Central to Christian faith is the belief that salvation is attainable only through the knowledge of God and His redemptive plan as revealed in the Scriptures. This revelation is not just informational but transformational, leading to a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. It brings to light the means of salvation, which remains otherwise hidden in the absence of revelation.
Revealing the Person of God
The Bible serves as the primary source through which the character and attributes of God are disclosed. This revelation is crucial for understanding who God is and what He desires from and for His creation. Without this revelation, any conception of God would be speculative at best, leading to incomplete or erroneous understandings of His nature.
The Foundation of Doctrine
Doctrine, or the formalized beliefs of Christianity, is built upon the revelations contained in the Bible. These doctrines shape the beliefs, practices, and identity of the Christian faith. Without revelation, these doctrines would lack divine authority and clarity, leading to a faith built on human ideas rather than divine truth.
Underpinning the Christian Life
Revelation also forms the foundation of the Christian life. It informs how believers are to live, worship, and serve. Through the Scriptures, God provides guidance, wisdom, and the moral framework for living a life that is pleasing to Him. The Christian life, in all its facets, is a response to the divine revelation found in the Bible.
The importance of divine revelation in Christianity cannot be overstated. It is the means by which God has chosen to communicate essential truths about salvation, His own nature, the foundations of doctrine, and the principles for Christian living. Understanding and embracing this revelation is essential for every aspect of the Christian faith and practice.
About the Author
EDWARD D. ANDREWS (AS in Criminal Justice, BS in Religion, MA in Biblical Studies, and MDiv in Theology) is CEO and President of Christian Publishing House. He has authored over 220+ books. In addition, Andrews is the Chief Translator of the Updated American Standard Version (UASV).