|1.||the act or process of disclosing something previously secret or obscure, esp something true|
|2.||a fact disclosed or revealed, esp in a dramatic or surprising way|
|a. God's disclosure of his own nature and his purpose for mankind, esp through the words of human intermediaries|
|b. something in which such a divine disclosure is contained, such as the Bible|
|[C14: from Church Latin revēlātiō from Latin revēlāre to |
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 differ. Revelation 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.