31:18; Deut. Himself to humanity in a variety of ways. “…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! Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Discipleship, Spiritual Growth, and Christian Living. 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.”. 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. God’s self-revelation, as we have seen, encompasses creation, history and the Bible. Through creation 2. The answer is that God makes himself known by the manner and the content of his revelation. God also declares what he will do in the future: “I am God, and there is none like me. Do you know your Creator, the God spoken about in the Bible? Insight into the image of God can also be gained from a consideration of the distinction between the material body and the immaterial spirit within humanity’s own constitution. Have you ever stopped to think about this? Wouldn’t you tell them what you expect of them? They thus bring the glory–which is due the Creator alone–to created things, and thereby make them into idols. The lack of food is often because of wars and governments (or rebel forces) not permitting food, aid, and supplies to reach the people. Why? He is infinite. In a sense, we act for God on earth when we exercise responsible lordship over the creation. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please” (Isaiah 46:9-10). In the same way, biblical statements about God’s acts reveal him more fully to us. 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. And God rules what he made. Genesis 1:26 quotes God as saying, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over…all the creatures.” Verse 27 tells us God followed through on his intent: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 5:1 adds, “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God.”. In fact, the Bible contains all that is needed to be known about God in order to have a relationship with Him. God sees and hears as men do, but men do so in a way appropriate to their constitution as physical-spiritual creatures (with ears and mouth) and God in a way appropriate to his nature as spiritual and uncreated. Among the psalmist’s many statements about God is this one: “For who is God besides the Lord? Job was humbled by the exchange. Why do I believe that? The Bible is full of examples of how God reached out to sinning humans – but they rejected him. Jesus. God has always interacted with people he chose to carry out his will. God has revealed himself in many different ways, but most people have not wanted to see even the little part that they did. 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). If you are a pastor and would like to inquire about him speaking at your church or event, please contact ABR here and let us know the date(s) you'd be interested in, and someone will email you back shortly. The clockwork mechanism of the universe, the laws of physics, the functioning of the human anatomy and so on reveal evidence of a Creator. And the Holy Spirit convicts a person of sin as well (John 16:8). They killed him. 8:3; Rev. If a person who has never heard of Jesus, truly wants to know God, the Lord will let Himself be found. Before undertaking his supreme creation, God announced his intention to make man in his image and likeness. His divine providence, governance, and care for His creation throughout history reveals evidence of general revelation. By creating us in his own image, God has given us the incomparable capacity to have a personal relationship with him. You created all things – including human beings. Because God said that is the case. 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. The book of Isaiah puts it this way: “Your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isaiah 59:2). God made all that is. Creation itself, the things God made, bear testimony to the fact that there is a Creator. Homosexuality and the Bible: Answering Objections to the Biblical View. No image, no picture can do him justice.”. Creation was and is the primary evidence of God’s existence and the way He exhibits many of His attributes. God reveals "His eternal power and divine nature" so clearly that everyone is left "without excuse." The other is special, which is also called divine or biblical revelation. 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? The patriarch Job questioned God. And in creation, God reveals Himself to us because still to this day He is at work in His world. First, God did reveal Himself to everyone (Romans 1:19–20): For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. ], 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. God’s greatest act of self-revelation was in Jesus Christ. She asks the students to close their eyes, relax and imagine God in their minds. ), majestic mountain peaks that touch the clouds, the enormity of our planet, trillions of gigantic stars, billions of galaxies, etc., it’s easy to discern that God must be incredibly powerful to have brought all these things into being. My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you” (Job 42:2-3, 5). “Think about what he must look like, what his throne would be like, how he would sound and what would be going on around him.”, The students sit in their chairs, eyes shut, for a long time, each dreaming up a picture of God. Most of the Old Testament traces how God worked with the nation of Israel. When God reveals Himself through the physical world it means that he communicates things about Himself that humans would not otherwise know. God has inscribed evidence of His existence and His moral laws on the heart (or conscience) of every person. History (1 Cor. “He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son” (Revelation 21:7). Fourthly, God has also revealed Himself to mankind through…. The Bible is a book about God and humanity’s relationship to him. There is no god apart from me, a righteous God and a Savior; there is none but me” (Isaiah 45:5, 21). 15:8), arms, hands and fingers (Ps. David and Paul both mentioned this in the Bible: Psalm 19:1-4 “The heavens tell of the glory of God. 1:16). In short, God had revealed himself in Jesus Christ. Where? God not only times our lives into a patchwork quilt of His … But they disobeyed him, and then hid from him. But the picture, to use a term from the world of art, is impressionistic. Someone sent you a link. So, a person’s conscience and the work of the Spirit inform us that God must be righteous. 11:12; Ps. Let’s look at what God shows us about himself. He might put a coworker, friend, or family member in their life who will send them a link to an article so that they might come to learn more about Jesus. Our words, our grammar, our way of thinking, are all based on the physical world. Job realized: “I know that you can do all things; no plan of yours can be thwarted…. Later generations interpreted the terms more generally, however. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). But these metaphors, based on what we as humans can observe and understand, reveal important truths about God. He is the perfect revelation of God. “The Lord our God, the Lord is one,” said Moses (Deuteronomy 6:4). When you ask "How did God reveal himself through creation? Hebrews 1:1-2 “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by [What?] List three ways in which God reveals himself. They enjoy living in darkness (. ) 29:29) Christ (John 1:14, 18) When the Wise Men came from the east seeking the newborn king (Matt. Paul explained to the Athenians: From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. This tells us about God's plan to save all people. And t. he Holy Spirit convicts a person of sin as well (John 16:8). And there is a wealth of evidence for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection. The result? But the lack of food is not due to an unloving God having created a faulty planet or ecosystem that doesn’t produce enough food to meet human need. Let’s look at what God shows us about himself. There are at least 10 million species of insects (The U.S. Natural Museum). The nature Psalms of the Old Testament indicate that the majesty of the Creator shines through the creation. The Bible gives us truths about God by using words that physical beings in their physical realm can grasp. 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” (John 20:31). “The context suggests that humanity is the image of God in the dominion it exercises over the rest of creation,” notes Harper’s Bible Commentary on Genesis 1:3-31 (Harper & Row, 1988, page 87). But those words are not capable of completely defining God. “That’s not God! He proclaimed, “My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day” (John 6:40). Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 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. “Do not have God speak to us,” they said (Exodus 20:19). The sun is an example of God’s revelation in creation. But God does reveal himself, through his creation, in history, in the pages of the Bible, and through his Son, Jesus Christ. If you are a pastor and would like to inquire about him speaking at your church or event, please, wealth of evidence for Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, The Bible’s Scientific Accuracy and Foresight, Scrolls & Stones: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted. I presume you are referring to the God of the Bible. We can reasonably conclude that there are certain behaviors and activities, that are displeasing to Him (lying, stealing, murder, etc.). He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He also will hear their cry and save them.”. He has intervened many times in history. His Timing is Perfect. The joy and glory of our ultimate relationship with God as his children is far greater than our finite words can express. But the effects were short-lived. 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. But Israel often did not want to hear God. What did God intend when he made all things and gave us life? You can! WOULD YOU LIKE CHARLIE TO SPEAK AT YOUR CHURCH? 1:14), a nose and nostrils (Gen. 8:21; Ex. Jesus taught us to pray to “Our Father in heaven” (Matthew 6:9). He became like us and walked and served and taught among us. The image to which humans ultimately must conform is that of Jesus Christ. 19:1-6) Special Revelation. 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. You can read God’s “speech” in chapters 38-41 of the book of Job. 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. There are lots of ways God can get the truth about Jesus to a seeker. This aspect of God's being is reflected in that he made man in his own image. “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. This is called anthropomorphism “(From Greek anthropos, ‘human,’ morphe, ‘form’) the attribution of a human quality to God, such as ‘eyes,’ ‘hands,’ or ‘arms’“ (Westminster Dictionary of Theological Terms, p. 13). God will comfort his people as a mother comforts her child (Isaiah 66:13). You can! All rights reserved. God, as a loving Creator, formed humans in his own image and gave them dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:26). 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. The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. The Bible reveals God’s love for us, His promises to us, His expectations and His desires for us. CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL 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: •  The Bible’s Scientific Accuracy and Foresight•  Archaeological Evidence for the Bible•  One Minute Answers to Skeptics•  Scrolls & Stones: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted •  Evidence for God•  The Case for Christianity•  Answering Atheists •  The Case for the Resurrection •  If God is Loving, Why is there Evil and Suffering? 1:16), eyes and ears (Deut. 44:2-3; 89:13; Heb. It is perceived by men. They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. If God is Loving, Why is there Evil and Suffering? This explains why the same words can be used both of God and man. God desires that all people everywhere come to know Him. The creation was His first declaration to mankind. Jesus, as God in the flesh, was expressing God’s loving concern for his people when he cried: “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing” (Matthew 23:37). Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. But we know only in part. God also reveals Himself through His Word and the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. When he formed the nation of Israel, God supernaturally brought them through the Red Sea and destroyed the Egyptian army: “The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea” (Exodus 15:1). Because their picture of God wasn’t big enough, as we shall see in the next two chapters. 1:3; 2 Chron. The Scriptures reveal to us that God exists, what He is like, what His will is for us. God has also revealed Himself to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. However, the Bible says that this assumption is not correct. 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 other names of God, found throughout the Bible, offer additional insight into who and what God is. To all who received [Jesus Christ], to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. 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. God has revealed Himself through creation . 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