The Divine Character of Revelation, part 2

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Parallels between the incarnation of Jesus and the nature of Scripture

Error on IncarnationError on ScriptureRev. 10
Saying Jesus is two Persons
(Failing to realize that the
Divine Person of God the Son
took to Himself a human nature,
not a human Person)
Treating the Bible as have sections that are the
Word of men and other sections that are the Word of God
(contrary to 1 Thes. 2:13; 2 Pet 1:20-21;
2 Tim. 1:20-21; etc.)
Words already written on book
before John writes them in his book (compare vv. 8-11 with
Ezek. 2:2-4,7,9-10; 3:1-4,10,26-27)
Saying that Christ's human will
could operate independentaly of His divine will
Saying that we need to distinguish
what parts of the Bible are simply man's will and ideas and what portions are God's will and ideas. (For example, some feminists reject as "wrong" Paul's statements about women as not reflecting the divine will.)
Note exactly the same words
that went into John came out of John as prophecy (compare vv. 8-11 with
Ezek. 2:2-4,7,9-10; 3:1-4,10,26-27)
Saying that Jesus could have
sinned (peccability)
Saying that Scripture has
error. (The true faith has always maintained the inerrancy of all of Scripture.)
Symbols show the divine
truthfulness of the book from heaven (vv. 1-6; see last sermon)
Saying that you can divide
the human and divine natures (a Schizophreneic Jesus)
Saying that you can separate
what is human from what is divine in the bible.
compare vv. 8-11 with
Ezek. 2:2-4,7,9-10; 3:1-4,10,26-27
Failing to distinguish between human
and divine natures.
Failing to realize that the grammars,
vocabularies and personalities of the authors do come through.
It is John who prophesies
(vv. 10-11; see unique grammar of book)
Failing to realize that any
resistance to Jesus is resistance to God, not simply man.
Denying infallibility to certain portions
of Scripture.
Angel swears that what prophets
have said is true (vv. 6-7)
Docetic heresy, which says that
the human nature is illusion.
Treating the writers of Scripture
as a dictation to passive scribes.
"you must" implies the
prophet is not a robot (v. 11; cf. vv 9-10; Ezek. 2:6; 3:4-6,16-20 - warning that Ezekiel better prophecy
Nestorian heresy made Jesus
a God-bearing man rather than the God-Man.
Barthians claim that the Bible
contains the Word of God but deny that it is the Word of God in every letter.
Identical content of book
from heaven and book that John writes (v. 4 with 7-11; Ezek. 2-3)
Apollinarian heresy denied that
Jesus had a human spirit.
Failing to see the human
emotion and spirit of the human prophets.
See other interactions with this "mighty angel" (5:4-5; 19:10; 22:8; cf. emotion of Ezekiel in Ezek 2-3)
The error of thinking that
Jesus was a human person who had a divine infusion.
The error of thinking that Scripture
is words of men that somehow have some divine extra added to them.
We see the opposite in vv. 7-11; Ezek. 2-3

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