Four Ways God Has Revealed Himself

 


Lecture Notes by CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL
Director of The Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry
© Copyright 2005

Author of
Scrolls and Stones: Compelling Evidence
the Bible Can Be Trusted


God has revealed
Himself to humanity in a variety of ways. Here, in a concise manner, are four of the main ways:


1. CREATION

Creation itself bears testimony to the fact that there is a Creator. David and Paul both mention this...

Psalm 19:1-4
"The heavens tell of the glory of God. The skies display His marvelous craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. They speak without a sound or a word; their voice is silent in the skies; yet their message has gone out to all the earth, and their words to all the world..."

Romans 1:20
"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."

Have you ever stopped to think about this? Paul said God's invisible attributes and divine nature "have been clearly seen." The Bible says that humans, by simply contemplating creation itself, can come to an understanding of certain aspects of God's personality or attributes.

What might humans discern about God by considering creation? I think it's reasonable to conclude that God must be...

A. POWERFUL

When one considers the vast oceans (seven miles deep!), 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.

B. INTELLIGENT

When one examines the intricate design and harmony all around us or the irreducibly complex interior of a cell or the code embedded in the DNA, it is easy to conclude that God must be incredibly intelligent.

John Lennox, professor at Oxford University, said, "We have only to see a few letters of the alphabet spelling our name in the sand to recognize at once the work of an intelligent agent. How much more likely, then is the existence of an intelligent Creator behind human DNA, the colossal biological database that contains no fewer than 3.5 billion "letters" - the longest "word" yet discovered?" [God and Stephen Hawking: Whose Design Is It Anyway?, p. 75.]

C. CREATIVE

Think of the millions of kinds of animals, and reptiles, bugs, fish. There are at least 10 million species of insects (The U.S. Natural Museum).

D. PERSONAL

If we can communicate, if we can hear and see, then surely it's reasonable to conclude our Creator, who made the ear and eyes, can hear and see also.

The Psalmist understood this very kind of reasoning when he wrote in...

Psalm 94:8-9
"Understand, you senseless among the people; and you fools, when will you be wise? He who planted [created] the ear, shall He not hear? He who formed the eye, shall He not see?"

E. KIND and GRACIOUS

In Acts 14:17, Paul said that God....
"...did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good and gave you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness."

A God who was mean and 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 backscratch, to enjoy delicious mango or slice of watermelon. The world is brimming with things that bring mankind happiness, and pleasure. These things testify to the fact that God is kind and gracious.

A skeptic might object, and say, "What about all the starving people in the world!?"

Well, our hearts go out to those people for sure. And we need to look for ways to help them. 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. The lack of food is often because of wars and governments (or rebel forces) not permitting food, aid, and supplies to reach the people.

F. RIGHTEOUS

Man's conscience convicts (or condemns) him when he does something wrong (unless his conscience has been "seared," 1 Timothy 4:2, through repeated evil acts). And the Holy Spirit convicts a person of sin as well (John 16:8).

So, a person's conscience and the work of the Spirit inform us that God must be righteous. We can reasonably conclude that there are certain behaviors, or activities, that are displeasing to Him (lying, stealing, murder, etc.).

Secondly, God has revealed Himself, to some degree, through and in man's:

2. CONSCIENCE

Romans 2:14-15
"For when Gentiles who do not have the Law do instinctively the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law to themselves, 15 in that they show the work of the Law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness, and their thoughts alternately accusing or else defending them..."

God has programmed every individual to know that certain things are right and certain things are wrong regardless of whether the laws are put into legislation by human governments.

The existence of these moral laws points man to a moral lawgiver who transcends (is over and above) human governments and man-made laws.

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God has also revealed Himself to man through...

3. CHRIST

The Bible teaches that Jesus was God incarnate (e.g., John 1:1, 5:18, 8:58).

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?] His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds..."

John 1:18
"The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him." (Or as the NIV says "made Him known.")

John 14:9
"If you have seen me you have seen the Father."

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Fourthly, God has also revealed Himself to mankind through...

4. THE CANON OF SCRIPTURE

The word canon means "standard." By canon then I'm referring to the standard collection of 66 books that make up the Bible. The Scriptures reveal to us that God exists, what He is like, what His will is for us, and even some of His dealings with people in the past.

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).

And we believe there is a wealth of good evidence that has demonstrated the Bible's trustworthiness. I'm talking about:

•  Hundreds of fulfilled prophecies
•  The Bible's amazing internal unity
•  The Bible's amazing scientific accuracy and foresight
•  Thousands of archaeological discoveries
•  Numerous details that have been corroborated by extrabiblical historical sources
•  And so on (click here for more on these evidences).

Do you know the Creator, the God spoken about in the Bible? You can! And you can be sure you'll spend eternity with Him. Click here to learn more about that. 

 

Charlie-Campbell

CHARLIE H. CAMPBELL (Twitter: @charlieabready)
Charlie Campbell is the Director of the Always Be Ready Apologetics Ministry and a popular guest speaker at churches and conferences. He is the author of numerous articles, books, and DVDs, including:

•  Scrolls & Stones: Compelling Evidence the Bible Can Be Trusted
•  Evidence for the Existence of God
•  One Minute Answers to Skeptics
•  Archaeological Evidence for the Bible
•  The End Times: Ten Upcoming Events in Bible Prophecy
•  The Case for the Resurrection

•  Teaching and Preaching God's Word

His DVDs and books have been endorsed by Norman Geisler, Charles Colson, Chuck Smith, Ed Hindson, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Jeremy Camp, and many others.

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