7-Step Progressive Revelation ~ The word revelation essentially means revealing. God has, is, and will, reveal Himself to man in seven distinctive stages. This progression occurs during three distinct major categories: General (or Natural) Revelation, Special Revelation, and Applied Revelation. This series will focus on this unfolding seven step progression.
General Revelation ~ The general revealing of God is the revelation of God to all mankind universally. There are two categories of General (or Natural) Revelation—in this post we look at the second of these.
2—God Revealing Himself through Conscience (Garden of Eden forward) ~ “So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.” [Clearly they have a conscience.] “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ So he said, ‘I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself’.” [Clearly actions were taken because of their conscience.] “And He said, ‘Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat’?” (Genesis 3:6-11).
“For as many as have sinned without law will also perish without law, and as many as have sinned in the law will be judged by the law (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified; for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, who show the work of the law written in their hearts,their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them) in the day when God will judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ, according to my gospel” (Romans 2:12-16).
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