Wouldn’t you tell them what you expect of them? Jesus Christ represents the fullness of Divine Revelation. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine … And who is the Rock except our God?” (Psalm 18:31). How are we to understand what God means when he tells us we are made in his image and likeness? God also intervened in the affairs of great powers such as Egypt, Nineveh, Babylon and Persia. Jesus taught us to pray to “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). III. The image to which humans ultimately must conform is that of Jesus Christ. Romans 1:20 tells us, “Since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.”. The Bible records the words of humans who describe what God is: The Bible records the words of humans who describe what God has done and is doing: transcendent (having his existence beyond the physical universe), a face (Gen. 32:30; Ex. Jeremiah 29:13  “…you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”, 1 Chronicles 28:9  “If you seek Him, He will let you find Him…”. “is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”, “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”, John said, “But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (. Click here to learn more about that. The Bible is a book about God and humanity’s relationship to him. “I am the Lord, who has made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,” God says in Isaiah 44:24. But this supernatural rebuke did not convince anyone to change their ways. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of … But, if they are willing to seek after God, they will find Him. CREATION. But God is supernatural, eternal. God’s first miracle – creation – has never been hidden in any way. God made all that is. We need to send missionaries with the gospel to share about Christ so that people can come to this great and wonderful God who has revealed himself so clearly in creation. The Bible proclaims monotheism, that there is only one God. I think it’s reasonable to conclude that God must be…. Hebrews 1:1-2 tells us, “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son.” Jesus Christ came into the world to preach the gospel of salvation and the kingdom of God. They thus bring the glory–which is due the Creator alone–to created things, and thereby make them into idols. ABC’s of the Bible states, “The New Testament added to the notion that man was created in the image of God by proposing that Jesus was the sole embodiment of divine perfection” (page 16). A mean god who hated humanity would never have created us with the capacity to enjoy pleasure, to laugh, to enjoy music, to be thrilled with beautiful scenery, to enjoy a back scratch, a hot shower, to enjoy delicious mango or a slice of watermelon. The lack of food is often because of wars and governments (or rebel forces) not permitting food, aid, and supplies to reach the people. •  Hundreds of fulfilled prophecies •  The Bible’s amazing internal unity •  The Bible’s amazing scientific accuracy and foresight •  Thousands of archaeological discoveries •  Numerous details that have been corroborated by extrabiblical historical sources •  And so on (click here for more on these evidences). The Bible even attributes human form to God, revealing aspects of his character and his relationship with humans. Romans 8:29 tells us God desires that we “be conformed to the likeness of his Son”—Jesus Christ. In the resurrection, when the fullness of salvation and the kingdom of God have come, we will be able to know God fully at last. But God does reveal himself, through his creation, in history, in the pages of the Bible, and through his Son, Jesus Christ. His divine providence, governance, and care for His creation throughout history reveals evidence of general revelation. Through Jesus. In short, God had revealed himself in Jesus Christ. He is invisible. 1. Man’s conscience convicts (or condemns) him when he does something wrong (unless his conscience has been “seared” (1 Timothy 4:2) through repeated evil acts). I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:9-10). The clockwork mechanism of the universe, the laws of physics, the functioning of the human anatomy and so on reveal evidence of a Creator. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 1:14), a nose and nostrils (Gen. 8:21; Ex. The sun is an example of God’s revelation in creation. Today, God empowers his church to preach the gospel of the kingdom “in the whole world as a testimony to all nations” (Matthew 24:14). Well, our hearts go out to those people for sure. Someone sent you a link. But God does reveal himself, through his creation, in history, in the pages of the Bible, and through his Son, Jesus Christ. The Bible shows us that God is: Suppose you are in a class in which a professor is trying to give the class a better understanding of God. The fact is that the creation that the God of the Bible created reveals that that God does not exist. On the Day of Pentecost following the resurrection of Jesus Christ, God sent the Holy Spirit to unite the church as Christ’s Body and to empower the preaching of the gospel, the good news of what God is doing (Acts 2:1-4). We are unable to know all there is of God, but we are able to understand what he has revealed to us. God reveals himself through his word, and through his creation. 29:29) Christ (John 1:14, 18) When the Wise Men came from the east seeking the newborn king (Matt. Why? “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). God created these people and spoke to them. … And there is a wealth of evidence for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. God makes Himself known in the continuing care and provision for humankind. Jesus. 9:10; Ps. But God also revealed himself by becoming a human. He was God in the flesh. God’s creation of humans in his image and likeness, recorded in Genesis 1:26-27, may be linked with the dominion God gave humans over the earth. When one considers the vast oceans (seven miles deep! God reveals himself to us through the natural law, through his creation, through his Word, and through the Holy Spirit. “He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him” (John 1:10). But the picture, to use a term from the world of art, is impressionistic. “That’s not God! (John 1:12-13). We are limited in our languages. One of the reasons many people are not finding God today is because they do not want to find Him! Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 2:14-16) Nature (Ps. God destroyed sinful Sodom and Gomorrah in a fiery display (Genesis 19:28). The joy and glory of our ultimate relationship with God as his children is far greater than our finite words can express. (Romans 1:18–20) Did you grasp that? Christ’s coming disturbed the people of his day. God has revealed Himself through creation . God will comfort his people as a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13). God loves the world, and sent his Son for the salvation of the world. The word canon means “standard.” By canon then I’m referring to the standard collection of 66 books that make up the Bible. God not only times our lives into a patchwork quilt of His … We are unique among earth’s creatures in that God endowed us with rationality, free choice and moral responsibility. •  Homosexuality and the Bible: Answering Objections to the Biblical View •  Teaching and Preaching God’s Word •  Apologetics Quotes. God’s revelation of Himself to humanity is classified as general (universal) revelation and special revelation. Scripture. We realize that God is not any of these physical things in a literal sense. When a person does something sinful, his conscience accuses him, it convicts him. Wouldn’t you tell those humans about yourself? There Are Two Main Passages To Consider There are two main passages in Scripture that emphasize God's general revelation in creation- Psalm 19:1-6 and Romans 1:18-21 . He called himself “the light of the world” (John 8:12), “the gate” to eternal life (John 10:9), “the good shepherd” (verse 11), and “the way and the truth and the life” (John 14:6). God is drawing you to Himself! Among the most comforting of Bible verses is 1 John 4:16, “God is love.” A vital insight into God’s love and his will for humanity is found in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is…not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” What is God’s greatest desire for us, his creation, his children? He became like us and walked and served and taught among us. If a person who has never heard of Jesus, truly wants to know God, the Lord will let Himself be found. God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds ( Hebrews 1:1 , 2 ). In Creation. From the time of the first family on, God has often communicated with human beings. the Hebrew Scriptures. 1:16). But regardless, the truth still stands, in the beginning God created. No human can have a full grasp of God, because God is God, and human beings are only physical, finite creatures! God has revealed himself in many different ways, but most people have not wanted to see even the little part that they did. It does not give us a complete grasp of the ultimate, glorious, spiritual reality. This explains why the same words can be used both of God and man. There are lots of ways God can get the truth about Jesus to a seeker. And God rules what he made. They are made in the “image” and “likeness” of God (Genesis 1:26-27). Do you know your Creator, the God spoken about in the Bible? The other is special, which is also called divine or biblical revelation. So, every person can know through an examination of creation and their conscience that God exists and that he has failed to live up to God’s laws written in their hearts. People rejected the messengers of God because they did not like the message. Wouldn’t you tell them how to come into the relationship you want to share with them? However, the Bible says that this assumption is not correct. “The Word became flesh,” John 1:14 tell us, and this divine Word we know as Jesus Christ. (Genesis 1:26-28) Our personhood is a mere shadow of God's image. 1:16), eyes and ears (Deut. By creating us in his own image, God has given us the incomparable capacity to have a personal relationship with him. God has revealed Himself to humanity in a variety of ways. God might send them a missionary, a radio signal, a social media post, a gospel tract, an angel, a dream, or a vision. God desires that all people everywhere come to know Him. “I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God…. The story of Adam and Eve describes humanity’s typical reaction. They enjoy living in darkness (John 3:19) and they realize that having a relationship with God will require they turn their backs on sins that they find too enticing. Creation. God Revealed Himself to Moses Some Important Principles, Doctrines, and Events Moses saw God face-to-face upon an unknown mountain sometime after he spoke to the Lord in the burning bush but before he went to free the children of Israel from Egypt (see Moses 1:1–2, 17, 25–26, 42 … God, as a loving Creator, formed humans in his own image and gave them dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). But they disobeyed him, and then hid from him. The Bible contains statements God makes about who and what he is. You can! and they realize that having a relationship with God will require they turn their backs on sins that they find too enticing. Through Jesus, God is bringing children into his family. Paul said God’s invisible attributes and divine nature “have been clearly seen.” The Bible says that humans, by simply contemplating creation itself, can come to an understanding of certain aspects of God’s personality or attributes. The Bible also describes how God wants us to relate to him, often using familial language. The result? One is general, which is also called natural revelation. Through creation 2. 1:19-20)." Most of the Old Testament traces how God worked with the nation of Israel. God has also revealed Himself to man through…. If a person who has never heard of Jesus, truly wants to know God, the Lord will let Himself be found. 8:3; Rev. There are at least 10 million species of insects (The U.S. Natural Museum). As Paul wrote: “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Copyright © 2005–2021 by Always Be Ready. WOULD YOU LIKE CHARLIE TO SPEAK AT YOUR CHURCH? There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. In reply, God described many of his marvels – and thus revealed his limitless authority and wisdom. People who believe that God is unknowable assume that God, for some reason, hides himself from his creation. The Israelites broke their agreement with God and gave themselves over to violence and injustice. Our words, our grammar, our way of thinking, are all based on the physical world. His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds…”, John 1:18 “The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” (Or as the NIV says “made Him known.”), John 14:9 “If you have seen me you have seen the Father.”. Before undertaking his supreme creation, God announced his intention to make man in his image and likeness. Many of God’s servants met awful deaths at the hands of those to whom they brought God’s message. No image, no picture can do him justice.”. He is the perfect revelation of God. WONDER OF GOD The heavens are counting out the weightiness of God. Maybe that’s why you’re reading this article right now. The world is brimming with things that bring mankind happiness and pleasure. But, if they are willing to seek after God, they will find Him. Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. Creation itself, the things God made, bear testimony to the fact that there is a Creator. The Hebrew word for “image” usually refers to a statue (often used in the Old Testament for pagan idols), while a different word for “likeness” suggests a physical resemblance. Each of you by now must have some image. You created all things – including human beings. God alone deserves worship, and he strengthens those who worship him. “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7). David wrote that “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1), and “day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” (Psalm 19:2). That we be saved. The two primary avenues of general revelation are creation and conscience. Here’s how God felt when he saw the earth corrupted by the evil that humans had chosen to do: “The Lord was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain” (Genesis 6:6). is the founder of the ABR Apologetics Ministry, a popular guest teacher at churches and conferences in the United States and internationally, and the author of several books and DVDs, some of which include: Charlie frequently speaks, free of charge, at churches, conferences, retreats, etc. He is infinite. When one examines the intricate design and harmony all around us, or the irreducibly complex interior of a cell, or the code embedded in DNA, it is easy to conclude that God must be incredibly intelligent. 44:2-3; 89:13; Heb. All rights reserved. God responded to the wickedness of the world by sending the Flood to start civilization over through Noah and his family (Genesis 7:23). Hebrews 11:6 says God… “is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”, Psalm 145:18-19  “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. If a person will respond to the truth that God has revealed to him through creation or the convicting work of his conscience, God will give him additional light about Himself. “…you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”, “If you seek Him, He will let you find Him…”, One of the reasons many people are not finding God today is because they do not want to find Him! This aspect of God's being is reflected in that he made man in his own image. The other names of God, found throughout the Bible, offer additional insight into who and what God is. And you can be sure your sins have been forgiven and that you’ll go to Heaven when you die. Many of those inspired servants left us, in the Bible, details about what God is like. He who formed the eye, shall He not see?”, In Acts 14:17, Paul said that God “did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness.”. God is one. In Exodus 3:14, God revealed his name to Moses: “I am who I am.” God’s name reveals that God is self-existent, self-perpetuating life. They killed him. The Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible states: Recent discussions have focused on the unity and integrity of man. 15:8), arms, hands and fingers (Ps. Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know…. List three ways in which God reveals himself. 34:15; Rev. Where? Job realized: “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted…. God’s self-revelation, as we have seen, encompasses creation, history and the Bible. General revelation includes ways that God reveals Himself toall people in all placessince creation. (This concept will be taken up in more detail in chapter 3.). Those who fail or refuse to discern God and his unlimited divine power and wisdom, by observing creation, are without excuse (Romans 1:18 - 20). If God is Loving, Why is there Evil and Suffering? The Bible describes God as a rock and a fortress (Psalm 8:2), as a stronghold and a shield (Psalm 144:2) and as a consuming fire (Hebrews 12:29). ], Frank Turek, poses a thought-provoking question, “There’s more code and sophisticated nanomachinery in just one of your forty trillion cells than in your smartphone and probably every other gadget you own. (article “Image of God,” Baker Book House, 1988, page 1018). Humans can observe and understand, reveal important truths about God ’ s greatest act of self-revelation was Jesus! 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