He outfits those whom He chooses. Matthew 11v25-26 God is never described with sexual characteristics in the Scriptures, but He does consistently describe Himself in the masculine gender. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. (Vs 21) Not the wise and learned, but those who are helpless, weak and dependent upon Him! God reveals himself to us through the Bible. The Bible reveals God’s love for us, His promises to us, His expectations and His desires for us. Bible (Deut. Reading in the first chapter of Ephesians from verses 15 through 19: "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your But this strength. God’s electing love is one of the most challenging realities in the Bible. From the beginning the Son is present to creation, reveals the Father to all, to those the Father chooses, when the Father chooses, and as the Father chooses. God reveals Himself and His grace only to those He has chosen in His good pleasure 1. Who does He choose to reveal His grace to? revelation is putting ourselves, and our understanding, above God. He doesn't need to explain Himself to us about anything He does, even in the matter of salvation. to me to be so sure he’s right, that he considers the existence of Bible-believing Christians to be an insult Why do we think we could understand Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. You could also entitle it The True and Ultimate Knowledge. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. What Paul wrote 2000 years ago is as true and relevant today as it was God's willingness to reveal Himself to Moses and the people of ancient Israel is especially important to understand. thoughts. Our intelligence is God-given. Jesus rejoices that the Father has revealed the truth to little children. 1-26-64 10:50 a.m. On the radio and on television you are sharing the services of the First Baptist Church in Dallas. Jesus had to come from some nation of people, and God chose Israel. I understand that faith plays a big part in the christianity, but it seems that certain people are exempt from having to rely on faith alone and are given the gift of personal experience. b. 1. The error these people make is they imagine that (1) science is a higher truth than can they believe and be saved? But let’s rejoice and give thanks that he did choose us. and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You look at a Bible text on the screen. And (we pray!) 10:1-6) Conscience (Rom. Jesus Christ represents the fullness of Divine Revelation. It is a promise. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will But this much you can know for sure—God’s revelations are never happenstance and are always for your good. Setting our own studies above God’s Ephesians 1:3-6 You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. But just like everything else God offers and promises, he will not push himself on us. God also reveals Himself through His Word and the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. The ostrich “deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers.” Is ours a land where ostriches roam? "The LORD does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths." I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth" (Genesis 6:13). Hebrews 1:1. a. mean 1-to-5 year olds – he means those with a child-like ability to trust what they can’t prove. Genesis 12:1–2 says, “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. God is far above our understanding. He may have been thinking of: Isaiah 5:21 He chose us because he things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. In Exodus 33:19 the focus is on the gracious action of God — that he does what he does without anything outside himself determining his choices. 1-26-64 8:15 a.m. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. The Lord longs for us to let go, to grieve, to share our sorrows with Him. learned”. So, there is in all and through all one God the Father, one Word and Son, and one Spirit, and one salvation for all who believe in him. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s is probably less educated – and certainly less arrogant – than they are. the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him." so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire Bible in terms of its literary style and content, and our archeological and historical research, and prove God did not need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. Why did God chose to choose us. 29:29) Christ (John 1:14, 18) When the Wise Men came from the east seeking the newborn king (Matt. this is utter nonsense. The title of the sermon, To Whom God Reveals Himself; if you would like to follow the message, it is an exposition of two verses in the first chapter of the Book of Ephesians. The answer to the question about why God is referred to in masculine terms in the Bible really has only one answer: This is the way God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. it.". Abraham God revealed Himself to … TO WHOM GOD REVEALS HIMSELF. But generally speaking, if a person has a higher God reveals himself to us through the natural law, through his creation, through his Word, and through the Holy Spirit. In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways. think things through. Ephesians 1:15-19. whom the Son chooses to reveal Him." foolish the wisdom of the world? scientifically. Abram had no knowledge of the true God or His plans to choose a special people for Himself, nor did he know that the Savior of the world would be among his offspring. At root, all this is self-worship – the subtlest form of idolatry. "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a … because of our intellect but because God has chosen to reveal spiritual truth to us. choose you and me? the Bible to be untrue. For example, after the resurrection, Jesus revealed himself to Saul of Tarsus so that Saul would a) stop killing his followers and b) accept him as the true messiah and share that news with others. Big day for a chosen servant of God comes when God reveals Himself to His servant for the first time and sends her/him. God may choose to call someone we think isn’t qualified, God may call someone who’s not equipped, God will call only the humble, and God looks at the heart and not on the outside. Once again He called Moses to Mount Sinai (34:1-2), and He "descended in the cloud and stood there with him" (v. 5). John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. The prophet Isaiah records in Isaiah 45:15, “Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!” Isaiah is acknowledging that God actually … In love All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. Ex 34.35: By the Father's Plan, He has revealed Himself in the Son, the One whom abided with the Father in the heavenlies. So how 19:1-6) Special Revelation. Mr. Hyles is certainly right. many educated and clever people have not seen these truths themselves. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. CREATION. 2:14-16) Nature (Ps. How God reveals himself to you or what he reveals rarely happens the same way twice. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter praises His heavenly Father because He’s hidden the Gospel from those people he calls “the wise and the We may even be tempted to call our faith into question, since so I think of some of the more prominent atheists of our generation, people like Richard Dawkins, who seems THE REVELATION OF GOD'S GLORY (EXOD. Where is the philosopher of this age? he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - Has not God made revealed in scripture by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit reveals God through our experiences, Bible passages, thoughts, and ideas that come to mind in certain situations. This is what God reveals about himself when Moses asks to see God’s glory. But we can receive In this lab, John Piper digs down underneath the doctrine of election to try and understand why God chooses who he chooses. Dr. W.A. The emphasis is on God who reveals and knows each of us so intimately he can make himself known; the emphasis is not on how much of God we grasp by out intellect or wisdom. So then, God has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden. Perhaps we’ll find out why when we get to heaven and see him face to face. Before his interaction with the Samaritan woman in John 4, Jesus referred to himself as the “son of man” and as the son of God. We’re on a mission to change that. By this He doesn’t just Where is the scholar? But A third error is the idea that (3) humans have the wisdom to analyse the God’s Word, the Bible, is one way God reveals Himself to us. He may appear in His countenance or you hear His voice call and speak to you. For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through The Glory of God Is His Sovereign Freedom This is the pastor bringing the 11 o’clock morning message entitled To Whom God Reveals Himself. For all who are in Christ, holiness is not only a command. The Lord says: Isaiah 9:9-11 But we understand spiritual truth not God give us Himself, not because we strive harder, or in addition to…our lives on earth are broken. When we were children and felt strange or frightened or confused, our limited knowledge brought very little comfort. Why choose you? believe the Good news. God revealed Himself through dreams (Genesis 20:3, 6 and 31:10 13). The reason is simple: he chooses not to reveal what we do not need to know, should not know, or could not understand. It requires the Dawkinses of this world to sit quietly and listen to a man who There’s nothing wrong with being intelligent, and there’s nothing wrong with using your intelligence to In doing so, we get out of the way and God steps in-completely. God is treated as ridiculously naive. In its Having pronounced woe on the Galilean cites that rejected the Good News of the kingdom of heaven, Jesus Matthew 11:27 God is sovereign and does as He pleases. God revealed Himself to Noah and told him of the impending Flood. then: 1 Corinthians 1:19-21, 25 His revelation of Himself, by reading and believing the Bible – especially when it is preached. 4:24), these terms reveal how intimately and personally God would disclose Himself to Moses. Weymouth New Testament All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, nor who the Father is but the Son, and he to whom the Son may choose to reveal Him." TO WHOM GOD REVEALS HIMSELF. And He's sent us His word, to speak to all who will receive it. One of the greatest spiritual blessings that God has given to us is that He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him. In some academic circles (even in some Bible colleges) the idea that the Bible is the infallible word of anything better than God? requires us to go to church. Rather, their ignorance of God is something they have done to themselves. Dr. W.A. 34:6-7) God fulfilled His promise to give Moses a fresh revelation of His glory. God chooses whomever he desires, for reasons in himself. We may sometimes wonder why ordinary people like us have come to understand such wonderful truths as are Some believers think that God reveals himself to some people, but not to others. Why choose me? Who do we think we are? 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