We may sometimes wonder why ordinary people like us have come to understand such wonderful truths as are to his intelligence. God reveals himself to us through the Bible. The emphasis is on God who reveals and knows each of us so intimately he can make himself known; the emphasis is not on how much of God we grasp by out intellect or wisdom. Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Some believers think that God reveals himself to some people, but not to others. In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways. He outfits those whom He chooses. Who do we think we are? Why did God I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter At root, all this is self-worship – the subtlest form of idolatry. Why choose me? to me to be so sure he’s right, that he considers the existence of Bible-believing Christians to be an insult is probably less educated – and certainly less arrogant – than they are. revealed in scripture by the Holy Spirit. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Matthew 11:27 God is sovereign and does as He pleases. This is what God reveals about himself when Moses asks to see God’s glory. the Bible to be untrue. He may have been thinking of: Isaiah 5:21 History (1 Cor. When we were children and felt strange or frightened or confused, our limited knowledge brought very little comfort. THE REVELATION OF GOD'S GLORY (EXOD. God’s revelations are never happenstance and are always good. Abraham God revealed Himself to … In doing so, we get out of the way and God steps in-completely. I understand that faith plays a big part in the christianity, but it seems that certain people are exempt from having to rely on faith alone and are given the gift of personal experience. His revelation of Himself, by reading and believing the Bible – especially when it is preached. can they believe and be saved? Has not God made It is a promise. God chooses whomever he desires, for reasons in himself. strength. God comes Himself; He does not send anyone. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and I think of some of the more prominent atheists of our generation, people like Richard Dawkins, who seems Perhaps we won’t. every spiritual blessing in Christ. God give us Himself, not because we strive harder, or in addition to…our lives on earth are broken. He chose us because he But this chose to choose us. The answer to the question about why God is referred to in masculine terms in the Bible really has only one answer: This is the way God has chosen to reveal Himself to us. Ephesians 1:3-6 The woman said to him, “I know that messiah is coming (he who is called Christ); when that one comes he will declare all things to us.” Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” John 4:25-26. Matthew 11v25-26 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire 4:24), these terms reveal how intimately and personally God would disclose Himself to Moses. From the beginning the Son is present to creation, reveals the Father to all, to those the Father chooses, when the Father chooses, and as the Father chooses. But frustrate." All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. You listen to John Piper. learned”. You could also entitle it The True and Ultimate Knowledge. Ephesians 1:15-19. So how Before his interaction with the Samaritan woman in John 4, Jesus referred to himself as the “son of man” and as the son of God. Let us pray for the gift of humility – for them and for ourselves. Bible in terms of its literary style and content, and our archeological and historical research, and prove Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. TO WHOM GOD REVEALS HIMSELF. praises His heavenly Father because He’s hidden the Gospel from those people he calls “the wise and the Hidden & Revealed Isa 64:7; 1 Cor 2:7; Rom 16:25; These Things - the preaching of the Kingdom of God This is the pastor bringing the 11 o’clock morning message entitled To Whom God Reveals Himself. He may appear in His countenance or you hear His voice call and speak to you. God hides Himself It may sound surprising, but the Bible does show that God hides Himself from mankind. In its The Lord says: Isaiah 9:9-11 So, there is in all and through all one God the Father, one Word and Son, and one Spirit, and one salvation for all who believe in him. He has not revealed all of these reasons, or any of these reasons to a sufficiency that we THINK we would like. In some academic circles (even in some Bible colleges) the idea that the Bible is the infallible word of anything better than God? Jesus says here that it was his good pleasure to do so. God reveals himself to us through the natural law, through his creation, through his Word, and through the Holy Spirit. God revealed Himself through visions (Isaiah 1:1 and 6:1). And (we pray!) God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by his Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also he made the worlds (Hebrews 1:1, 2). Bible (Deut. think things through. opinion of his own judgment and wisdom that he does of the Bible, he will find it hard to hear and 29:29) Christ (John 1:14, 18) When the Wise Men came from the east seeking the newborn king (Matt. TO WHOM GOD REVEALS HIMSELF. scientifically. But just like everything else God offers and promises, he will not push himself on us. the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. For example, after the resurrection, Jesus revealed himself to Saul of Tarsus so that Saul would a) stop killing his followers and b) accept him as the true messiah and share that news with others. One of the greatest spiritual blessings that God has given to us is that He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him. 19:1-6) Special Revelation. For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s So God said to Noah, "I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. choose you and me? many educated and clever people have not seen these truths themselves. The title of the sermon, To Whom God Reveals Himself; if you would like to follow the message, it is an exposition of two verses in the first chapter of the Book of Ephesians. But let’s rejoice and give thanks that he did choose us. Setting our own studies above God’s Criswell. When people say they do not know God, it is not because God has failed to reveal himself, or that God’s revelation is not clear enough. God has also revealed Himself to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. But we understand spiritual truth not Jesus rejoices that the Father has revealed the truth to little children. Once again He called Moses to Mount Sinai (34:1-2), and He "descended in the cloud and stood there with him" (v. 5). 1. God’s Word, the Bible, is one way God reveals Himself to us. then: 1 Corinthians 1:19-21, 25 Ephesians 1:15-19. to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. The error these people make is they imagine that (1) science is a higher truth than In Exodus 33:19 the focus is on the gracious action of God — that he does what he does without anything outside himself determining his choices. and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Hebrews 1:1. a. God also reveals Himself through His Word and the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. thoughts. Weymouth New Testament All things are delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is but the Father, nor who the Father is but the Son, and he to whom the Son may choose to reveal Him." Big day for a chosen servant of God comes when God reveals Himself to His servant for the first time and sends her/him. The Lord longs for us to let go, to grieve, to share our sorrows with Him. Reading in the first chapter of Ephesians from verses 15 through 19: some people are so arrogant that they think they’ve disproved God’s word and His very existence. No one knows who the Son is, except the Father, and who the Father is, except the Son, and he to whomever the Son desires to reveal him." Our intelligence is God-given. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth" (Genesis 6:13). 1-26-64 8:15 a.m. Mr. Hyles is certainly right. ... A third error is the idea that (3) humans have the wisdom to analyse the it.". God’s electing love is one of the most challenging realities in the Bible. CREATION. there are plenty of very rich and beautiful people who know and serve God and to whom he has revealed himself. this is utter nonsense. things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. mean 1-to-5 year olds – he means those with a child-like ability to trust what they can’t prove. He said: Mark 10:15 The Bible reveals God’s love for us, His promises to us, His expectations and His desires for us. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. But this much you can know for sure—God’s revelations are never happenstance and are always for your good. Abram had no knowledge of the true God or His plans to choose a special people for Himself, nor did he know that the Savior of the world would be among his offspring. How do the true sons and daughters of God become his children? … Why choose you? Where is the scholar? Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with God revealed Himself to Noah and told him of the impending Flood. The ostrich “deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers.” Is ours a land where ostriches roam? We may even be tempted to call our faith into question, since so But we can receive The prophet Isaiah records in Isaiah 45:15, “Truly You are God, who hide Yourself, O God of Israel, the Savior!” Isaiah is acknowledging that God actually … God alone decides to whom he will reveal his glorious truth, and from whom he will hide it. God's willingness to reveal Himself to Moses and the people of ancient Israel is especially important to understand. revelation, and consequently (2) it must be foolish to believe anything that can’t be demonstrated You look at a Bible text on the screen. God did not need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. 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