an uncovering, a bringing to light
of that which had been previously wholly hidden or only obscurely seen. God
has been pleased in various ways and at different times (Heb. 1:1
) to make a supernatural revelation
of himself and his purposes and plans, which, under the guidance of his Spirit,
has been committed to writing.
(See WORD OF GOD.) The Scriptures are not merely the "record" of revelation; they are the revelation itself in a written form, in order to the accurate presevation and propagation of the truth.
Revelation and inspiration
is the supernatural communication of truth
to the mind; inspiration (q.v.) secures to the teacher or writer infallibility in communicating that truth to others. It renders its subject the spokesman or prophet
of God in such a sense that everything he asserts to be true, whether fact or doctrine or moral principle, is true, infallibly true.