How has God revealed Himself?

According to the Gospel of John, God has revealed himself through his word, and then the word became flesh the incarnation of Jesus Christ (John 1:1-5,14). The introduction to the Gospel of John is always striking because of its similarity to the creation story in Genesis, in which there is a light coming into an otherwise dark and void world (Gen. 1:1-5). This is the nature of the revelation of God. The world by nature is evil, and corrupt.  The Word of God, manifested by Christ, is a light in this darkness.

Therefore, it was essential for God to reveal himself to mankind.  Without revelation, mankind would not know the light, and strive in darkness of sin. The revelation of God has given mankind freedom from the sin of the world. While mankind strove to identify God, they could not, because they did not understand that sin is what separated them from God. God’s word clearly defined what was pleasing to God, and what was not. Without it, there would be no absolute authority to reference or respond to.

The revelation of God is necessary for developing a relationship with him. How can a relationship be developed, if we do not learn who God is? As the author of Matthew was careful to record, we have a father in heaven that loves us and wants to care for us (Matt 6:25-34). It is frightening to think that people who do not know the Bible are going through their lives ignorant of the fact they can have a personal relationship with their father in heaven.

The revelation of God is essential to understanding that we can be forgiven. Humans carry around guilt on their consciences and suffering in their hearts because of the sinful deeds they have done. God’s Word offers hope, and eternal forgiveness through Jesus Christ (Col 2:13-15).

The revelation of God holds the cure for death. That is, if one accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, they will have eternal life (John3:16). Mankind fears his own mortality, but God’s word gives hope.

The revelation of God solves the “problem of evil”.  Whereas all fields of study, from psychology to sociology to philosophy have been trying to account for the existence of the terrible things that happen in this world, only the Bible describes the problem (the fall of man) and offers a solution (Jesus Christ).

God is also revealed in the Holy Spirit, which was sent to convict the world of sin (John 16:8). In addition, the consequences of sinful actions also reveal the truth of God’s word. When we discard the Biblical instruction on marriage, we find broken families. When we discard God’s commands on sexual practices, we witness the spread of disease and damaged relationships. When we lie, cheat, and steal to get our way, we trample the feelings of others and lose our integrity.

In today’s world, we are faced with continual proposals to do away with the Word of God. Some say it is no longer relevant, that it is outdated and has no place in contemporary society.  As mankind strays from the Bible, and disregards it as God’s revelation, there is much confusion about morality and the need for salvation. The great lie of Satan continues to convince people that sin does not exist. We need to support and teach the revelation of God as truth.

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