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How Do You Know?
7/9/2013

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, Romans 1:18-20 (NKJV)

When I share Jesus with some people, they will ask me, “How do you know there’s a God?”  I will reply, “Great question, let me answer it for you,” and then I will proceed to share with them about God’s General Revelation and His Spiritual Revelation of Himself.

General Revelation is how God is revealed and is plain to see to mankind through His creation, which is made up in the physical universe.  Romans 1 tells us, “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead.”   And we can see the Psalmist speaking of God’s general revelation in Psalm 19:1-3.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship. Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. Psalms 19:1-3 (NLT)

So God is revealed to us through the general revelation of everything He has created—the stars, the earth, the animals, and the human race.

The second way that God has revealed Himself clearly to mankind is by Spiritual Revelation. The Bible is God’s Spiritual Revelation to us through His written Word.  The Bible speaks of God’s existence from the opening verse in Genesis 1:1, and continues to reveal His true nature, and His dealings with men (Heb. 1:1-4).  It is through our Bibles we can learn how to know God and have a relationship with Him. 

Q:  So how is it that some people still refuse to believe in God?

The answer is they suppress or hold back the truth.  Think of the truth like a river of water for a moment.  The person who suppresses the truth is like someone who turns the rudder of their boat against the natural flow of the water in an attempt to keep the boat from going where it would naturally travel.  And God’s word tells us they are without excuse (Rom. 1:20).

Our job as Christian men and women is not to convince anyone about God’s existence—He has already done this.  Our job is simply to share what Jesus has done upon the cross, and how it has impacted our life for eternity. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these truths today. 

STUDY QUESTION: According to Romans 1:18-20, does anyone have an excuse for not believing in God?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to share God with others?

APPLICATION: Let’s be committed to sharing God with as many people as we can.  Let’s use general and spiritual revelation to affirm what He has already shown them about Himself, and then let’s share what He has done in our life personally (Rev. 12:11).

Father, thank You for loving us so much.  Thank You for the general and spiritual revelation of who You are.  Help us to share this great truth with others Lord. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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