Revelation–Knowing About God
God is so totally different from us. He is Spirit. We are flesh. He is infinite and eternal. We are finite. We cannot fully understand eternity or infinity. God is holy. We are sinful. God is light and life and love. We are none of those things.
The prophet Isaiah wrote these words from God.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55: 8-9, NIV)
We have a problem. We can’t understand anything about God? How can we come to Him? How can we believe in Him? How can we know Him? We cannot. Our efforts are useless. For this reason, God must reveal Himself to us. He must make Himself known in ways we can understand.
Knowing about God starts with faith. The Bible says, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6, NIV)
Discovering God through Nature
Knowing about God grows through reason. How can we know that God exists? Nature announces that God exists. The Bible tells us that nature screams out the existence of God.
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 display knowledge. (Psalm 19: 1-2, NIV)
Romans 1: 20 agrees.
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 men are without excuse.
Nature shouts out to us, “God exists!” Do we hear? Are we listening?
God reveals Himself through nature. We explore nature using our reason and faith. An outline of God approaches through the mist of the unknown. We can see His wisdom and power. We are in awe of His matchless beauty. Nature reveals the glory of God. The Bible says this. This kind of revelation is called natural revelation or natural theology.
Nature also is the realm of atheism. Modern atheists believe the natural world is all that exists. They do not believe in supernatural things. They cannot find God among the wonders of nature He created and sustains. They have eyes but refuse to see.
Does God exist or does He not? The answer is obvious. God absolutely exists. Atheists cannot refute the evidence. They simply refuse to believe. They might have reason. It’s not enough. Reason without faith sees the beautiful sunrise as through a darkened window. There is no awe. There is no beauty. Atheists cannot perceive the magnificent beauty of a sunrise. The sun reveals the majesty of nature. Atheists see only clouds, a sun, and refracted light.
Proof that God Exists
Many philosophers believe in God. Are you surprised? These philosophers can prove God exists. They start with reason. Logic can prove the existence of God. These proofs are very strong. Atheists cannot defeat them. Atheists can only deny them.
And now science has joined philosophy. Science cannot prove the existence of God. However, science provides evidence that discloses the craft of God.
The fingerprints of God abound throughout nature. Nature is so intricate and complex. The evidence is so complicated and involved. Nature, by itself, cannot account for its own creation. Random atoms, bumping together, did not produce our physical universe.
New scientific theories like the Big Bang Theory show evidence of creation. Only God can bring something from nothing. Only God can create a universe that maintains life. And only God can build creatures capable of life. Growth in microbiology testifies with additional evidence that God is real.
So nature and science convince us that God exists. But how can we know anything specific about this God? Does this God love us? Does He care? Does He even know that we exist? And how can we know this God?
Proof that God Loves Us
We know about this God through another kind of revelation. God has revealed Himself to us through the Bible – His holy Word. This kind of revelation is called special revelation.
God also revealed Himself through history. This history is recorded in the Bible. He revealed Himself to Abraham. He promised Abraham that the whole earth would be blessed through his seed. Galatians 3: 16 tells us that seed is Jesus Christ.
Next God revealed Himself to Moses. He gave the law to Moses. God continued to reveal Himself through prophecy. Isaiah prophesied. He repeated the words God said to him. So did Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and several other persons in the Old Testament.
Finally, John the Baptist spoke God’s words. He said, “Make straight the way for the Lord.” (John 1: 23) John announced the coming of God’s Son. This coming Messiah would take away the sin of the world.
God’s ultimate revelation came in the person of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1: 1-2 says, “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, Whom He appointed heir of all things, and through Whom also He created the universe.”
Jesus Christ is the perfect revelation of God. The book of Hebrews continues: “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.” (Hebrews 1: 3, NIV) As Jesus said to Philip, “Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father.” (John 14: 9, NIV)
How can we know about God? We can know that God exists through nature. We understand God’s personality through the Bible and through God’s Son, Jesus Christ. But knowing about God is not enough. We have the opportunity to know God as a person. He wants us to know Him as Father, Lord, and Friend. This opportunity can be yours through Jesus Christ.
God gives you plenty of evidence. You can know about Him. Do you have the faith and courage needed to see, hear, and know Him personally?