Why does Special Revelation matter? Note the following implications.
First, God’s reveals Himself through His Word.
We don’t need to look for miracles, signs in the sky, or dreams and visions to be led by God. We now have the full revelation of God and 2 Peter 1:3 says it is this Word that gives us ‘everything we need for life and godliness.’ Since it’s everything we need we don’t need to look for any other revelation from God.
Second, we should never add to or take away from His Word.
When the apostles finished their writing the canon of Scripture was closed, and God’s revelation now stands compiled and completed. This is why there is such a serious threat at the end of the book of Revelation. In 22:18-19 the apostle John says, ‘I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.’ In context, John is referring to his own book of Revelation, but can’t this also stand as a warning to anyone who would seek to add to or take away from the Bible? Indeed it can. The Bible is done, finished, closed, and in it we have all we need.
Third, we should honor the Word.
For the Christian it is our joy and duty to honor God’s special revelation given to us by believing it and submitting to it. This is for us personally as Christians, and for us corporately when we gather as His Church. His Word, His special revelation, is the very thing that guides, governs, and leads us in all things. If we do not submit to it we think we know better than God about how the Christian ought to live personally and what the Church is to do when we gather corporately.
Fourth, we should share His Word.
We, who are born sinners, hating God and hating one another, God (who was under no compulsion to reveal Himself to us) revealed Himself to us in a special manner. Once we embrace it, it ought to be our joy to share this special revelation with as many people as we can.
Again we come back to Deuteronomy 29:29, ‘The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever…’
There are secret things yes, God is inexhaustible, and those secret things are secret for a reason, we’re not to devote ourselves to them.
We are to devote ourselves to what He has revealed, nothing more, nothing less.
In discussing Special Revelation we’ve gone from Moses, to the prophets, to Jesus Christ, to His apostles, to the Bible, and to the Church. This is the pattern of God’s special revelation, where He has disclosed the details of His name, His nature, His works, His ways, and His redemption.