God's Revelation

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Foundations2 copy “What is God like?”  “How can we know God?"  Living Stones believes that God has given humanity the answers to these questions.

Living Stones’ doctrinal position on Revelation is this: “God has graciously disclosed his existence and power in the created order, and has supremely revealed himself to fallen human beings in the person of his Son, the incarnate Word... Moreover, this God is a speaking God who by his Spirit has graciously disclosed himself in human words: we believe that God has inspired the words preserved in the Scriptures, the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments, which are both record and means of his saving work in the world.”

Here is some reasoning as to why we have come to this conclusion.

God Revealed in Creation

God’s eternal power and divine nature is seen in creation (Rom. 1:19-20; Ps. 19:1).  This is why all people groups have a belief in something beyond them, whether that is the divine or a philosophical ideal.  Generally speaking, the existence of God is shown in the intricate detail and improbable existence of our universe.

God Revealed in Jesus

Most importantly, we believe that God revealed himself in human history as the man Jesus Christ nearly 2000 years ago.  Put aside the Bible for a moment and think about this:

A Jewish peasant

with no political power who wrote no books gained no military might acquired no wealth was one of a number of revolutionaries during this time whose followers were unremarkable social outcasts who was killed like a common criminal

changed the world.

Wars have been fought in his name, people have given up their lives to tell others about him, and even the calendar is based around his life.

Pharaohs and Caesars claimed to be God too - but who worships them now?  Yet Jesus’ worshipers are not confined to any location, race, age, language, social class, or intelligence level.

Jesus says, “Whoever has seen me has seen the Father”  (John 14:9).  The Apostle Paul calls him the “image of the invisible God...” (Col. 1:15)  The author of the book of Hebrews tells us that God has spoken to us “by his Son” (Heb. 1:2), and that he is the “radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature...”  (Heb. 1:3)  Jesus Christ is the crux of world history, God in the flesh, the Lord of lords, the King of kings, and the Savior of the world.

God Revealed in the Bible

We believe that God is a speaking God, and has made known his plan and will in the 66 books that constitute the Bible.  These books alone are the inspired words of God - no other piece of writing can claim this level of authority.

We believe that the Bible is

without error in its original manuscripts a complete revelation of his will for salvation sufficient for all that God requires us to believe and do truthful in all of its claims and has dominion over all the areas of life to which it speaks.

The Bible is our authority, and it contains all we need to know for salvation.  We do not claim to know God’s truth exhaustively, but we can know it as he has revealed it in the Scriptures.

We believe that the Bible is to be

believed, as God’s instruction obeyed, as God’s command trusted, as God’s pledge

God revealed himself to the Apostles, which Paul says he has written about (Eph. 3:3), and he also claims that “all Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Tim. 3:16-17).  Because of this, we believe that the Bible is inspired, meaning that God spoke through human authors in such a way that they freely wrote the exact words that he desired to be written in the original manuscripts.

There is internal evidence for this, including the following:

1) Peter equates Paul’s writing with Scripture (2 Pet. 3:15-16) 2) Peter also teaches that the prophecy in Scripture comes from God, not man (2 Peter 1:20-21). 3) Paul quotes Luke alongside Moses, implying equal authority (1 Tim. 5:18; Luke 10:7) 4) Jesus himself validates all of the Old Testament (Luke 24:44; John 10:35)

It is important to state that the church did not determine which books it wanted to claim as Scripture, but rather recognized the innate authority of books that were inspired by God. There was significant debate over which books to include in the canon, which demonstrates the caution the church took in recognizing the divine authority of the Scriptures.

Lastly, not only has the Holy Spirit inspired the Bible, he illuminates it, enabling us to understand it and believe it (John 14:26).  Without him we are blind to spiritual truth, so we rely on him to reveal the message of the gospel found in the Bible to our souls.

Therefore, “As God’s people hear, believe, and do the Word, they are equipped as disciples of Christ and witnesses to the gospel.”