Today I am teaching my systematic theology class on the doctrine of revelation: how God reveals himself. Theologians draw a distinction between special revelation (God’s particular speech to particular people at particular times) and general revelation (God’s speech to all people in all places at all times).
The Bible, God’s special revelation, is a grand narrative focused on the unfolding kingdom of Christ. The story of special revelation is unquestionably Christ-centered. But what about general revelation. Is general revelation also Christ-centered?
Several things confirm the Christ-shaped nature of special revelation:
The setting of redemptive history (general revelation) is Christ-centered because the story of redemptive history (special revelation) is Christ-centered. As Russell Moore has taught for years in his theology courses, all theology is applied Christology. That reality is true just as much with general revelation as it is with any other doctrine.