Revelation: God Has Made Himself Known
This week we continue in the series, “Essence of the Faith” where we are looking at the essential ingredients to our Christian life. On Sunday we will look at one of the most important ingredients — The Bible. Psalm 119:105 says “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Does the Bible guide your life? In this first blog we will see that God has made himself known through his word.
“The Bible is the greatest book in the world because it is the special revelation of God”. By revelation I mean, the act of God that gave men knowledge about himself and his creation.
What is important to note is that revelation is an act of God and not man. 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, “…men spoke from God (not themselves) as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” Revelation comes from God himself, and is about God. Man did not dream him up, nor create him. We can only know God because he chose to make himself known to us.
How has he chosen to make himself known?
In two ways: 1) General Revelation and, 2) Special Revelation.
The first way God reveals himself is through things like nature. For example Romans 1:18-21 exhorts us to simply look outside our window as evidence of God’s power and divine nature in his creation around us. General revelation is given to every person; whether they see it or not is the question. The second means of revelation is special revelation. “Special revelation comes to us from Scripture and through the revelation of God in Jesus Christ specifically (John 1:10).” The amazing truth is that God has chosen to make himself known through a book, namely the Bible! We have in our hands access to the very words of God. With this revelation we can know Jesus, know why we need Jesus, find the hope of eternal life, understand how to grow in our Christian walk, and find victory over sin and the enemy.
The Bible is God’s revelation of himself to us, if you want to know God and live for him then you must read his letter. As you read, pray to the Holy Spirit for help in understanding his words. You can also find great study resources which can help you dig in deeper to the word.
Reference: Towns, Elmer. “Concise Bible Doctrines”.