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Vos Group #89 — The Various Aspects of Christ’s Revealing Function

In chapter 5 of Geerhardus Vos’ Biblical Theology (pp. 343ff), the focus is on the various aspects of Jesus’ revelation during his public ministry. Vos argues that the revelation mediated by Jesus is often mistakenly confined to his earthly life, ignoring his pre-existence and post-existence, both of which are integral to the comprehensive scheme of divine revelation.

Vos outlines that Jesus’ earthly revelation functioned within a specific framework, implying limitations that did not exist in his pre-existent and post-existent states. These limitations were not due to any inadequacy in Jesus’ knowledge or power but were part of a divine scheme that required a progressive unfolding of revelation. Vos emphasizes that Jesus did not intend to reveal the entire volume of divine truth during his earthly ministry but functioned as a pivotal link within the continuum of revelation that includes both the Old and New Testaments.


  • 00:00:07 Introduction
  • 00:04:31 The Revelation of Jesus
  • 00:20:57 The Generation of the Son
  • 00:32:51 The Son as a Divine Person
  • 00:44:07 Jesus’ Post-Existence
  • 00:48:25 The Progressive Covenantal Character of Christ’s Ministry
  • 00:55:24 Beyond the Incarnation
  • 01:01:34 Kenosis
  • 01:08:20 Conclusion

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