Saturday, February 05, 2011

Vos: "In his sinful condition...man... is absolutely dependent on the self-disclosure of God"

"In his sinful condition, while retaining some knowledge of God, man for all pure and adequate information in divine things is absolutely dependent on that new self-disclosure of God which we call supernatural revelation. 

1. By the new birth and the illumination of the mind darkened through sin, a new subject is created.

2. By the objective self-manifestation of God as the Redeemer, a new order of things is called into being.

3. And by the depositing of the truth concerning this new order of things in the Holy Scriptures, the human mind is enabled to obtain that new knowledge which is but the reflection in the regenerate consciousness of an objective world of divine acts and words." -- Geerhardus Vos, Inaugural Address, The Idea of Biblical Theology as a Science and as a Theological Discipline