February 19-The four wonderful revelations of God.

Psalm 19 touches on 2 ways God has revealed Himself to us. Through creation and through His Word. The Psalm opens ” The heavens declare the glory of God”. Nature declares God’s glory, His character. It’s beauty and genius is a reflection and revelation of Him. The psalm goes on to explain how this is so, in verses 1-6.

Having sung the praises of God’s character seen in creation, the psalmist turns to something else that reflects and reveals God. His Word. Verses 7-11 are a hymn praising God’s Word, it’s perfection, it’s power to change us, it’s reliability, it’s wisdom, it’s purity etc….just like God.

The Bible tells us of two other revelations of God. First of all our conscience, our innate sense of right and wrong, that internal moral compass in every person. That is evidence of God and speaks of the stamp of His image on man. Romans 2:14-15 says..

14 for when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do the things in the law, these, although not having the law, are a law to themselves, 15 who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them…

Old Testament law reflected God, His character and nature. This verse tells us that the Gentiles who did not have the law, have the “work of the law written in their hearts”. This is referring to man’s conscience, God’s law that is instinctively written on our hearts. This is another way God has revealed Himself to us, our inner sense of good and virtue reflecting and being evidence of Him

But God saved the best to last. Hebrews 1:1-3 says…..

1 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 His Son…….who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person….

God’s greatest revelation of Himself came through His Son Jesus, who we are told here is “the express image of His person” or “the exact representation of His nature” ( NASB). Till Jesus came God’s revelations of Himself were inexact, partial, imperfect. But isn’t it amazing, through Jesus we now have an exact, precise, totally clear revelation of God.

Lets appreciate the four wonderful ways God has revealed Himself to us.

 

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