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God's Revelation

God is perfect, complete, and entirely self-existent and self sufficient. He does not need anyone or anything outside of Himself. God does not need man, nor is He required to reveal Himself to man in any mannner. The great wonder is, however, that God has freely and sovereignly desired to reveal Himself to man.

After man's deep fall in Paradise, the wonder of God's gracious willingness to reveal Himself to sinful mankind is even greater! God would have been perfectly just to never reveal Himself to sinful people and to leave them completely and entirely in the sin and misery into which they had brought themselves.

Has this thought ever amazed you? Has God's grace to still reveal Himself to sinners ever melted your heart? David felt something of this truth when he wrote, "What is man that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? (Psalm 8:4).

A large crowd had gathered to witness his trial. The governor spoke to Polycarp and said, "Curse Jesus Christ and I will set you free." It became breathlessly quiet as all listened intently for Polycarp's answer.

God has chosen to reveal something of Himself in a two-fold manner. These two forms of revelation are known as:

1. God's general revelation

2. God's special revelation

 

And my delights were with the sons of men.

- Proverbs 8:3 1b

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that He is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;

Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.

Acts 17:24-25

 

  • Revelation - The act of showing uncovering, making known.
  • Why is it a great wonder that God is willing to reveal something of Himself to us?


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