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Back to the Basics! Bibliology #2 “Natural” Revelation!

We Christians are often accused of making God in our image. If that were so, I for one would have left out issues like His holiness, His wrath, the doctrine of eternal hell. How about you?

Biblical Christianity teaches that God is not created, but discovered by us. Better said, He reveals Himself to us through various means. His primary means of self-disclosure is the Word of God, the Bible.

However, what about before the Bible? The Bible is not an eternal book in the sense that it had no beginning. There came specific points in human history when God the Holy Spirit led Moses to write the first five books of the Old Testament, the Apostle Paul to write over half of the New Testament, and someone (who knows who?) to write the epistle to the Hebrews! These were men guided by the Spirit of God (2 Pe. 1:21) who used their literary talents to write what God wanted written.

But what about before then? The Bible is quite clear that God has always been revealing truth about Himself. Through nature, human nature, and history He has communicated truth about Himself. Listen to Romans 1: 18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For 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, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Theologians refer to this revelation as natural revelation. That is, God has through the creation communicated truth about Himself to all people everywhere. Note what Romans 1 says:

1. God’s wrath has been revealed because man suppresses the truth that nature gives about God (v.18).

2. There is a plainness to God’s communication in nature: His eternal/invisible qualities have been clearly seen (vv. 19-20).

3. Therefore, people are “without excuse.” In some sense all people (because of creation) “know” God, but choose not to glorify Him nor to give thanks to Him (v. 21).

4. In their rejection of “natural” revelation, man’s own thinking has been adversely affected! His thinking has become futile, leading to a darkening of the human heart (v. 21).

5. Man has made a terrible exchange. He has swapped God’s glory for idols! John Calvin put it this way: “man’s nature is a perpetual factory of idols.”

But natural revelation is still true — and is still there for us to point to.  We can proclaim with Psalm 19 “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”

 
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Posted by on February 22, 2018 in natural revelation

 

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Psalms of the Salter: Some Thoughts on Really Living for the Lord (Psalm 19)

Psalm 19

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 
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Posted by on August 16, 2016 in Psalm 19

 

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Psalms of My Life (Psalm 19)

Psalm 19[a]

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The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
    no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice[b] goes out into all the earth,
    their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
    It is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber,
    like a champion rejoicing to run his course.
It rises at one end of the heavens
    and makes its circuit to the other;
    nothing is deprived of its warmth.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
    making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right,
    giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant,
    giving light to the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is pure,
    enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm,Screen Shot 2014-12-31 at 5.48.33 AM
    and all of them are righteous.

10 They are more precious than gold,
    than much pure gold;
they are sweeter than honey,
    than honey from the honeycomb.
11 By them your servant is warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.
12 But who can discern their own errors?
    Forgive my hidden faults.
13 Keep your servant also from willful sins;
    may they not rule over me.
Then I will be blameless,
    innocent of great transgression.

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
    be pleasing in your sight,
    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2015 in the Psalms

 

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