Of The Holy Scriptures
Chapter 1, Paragraph 1
“…although the light of Nature, and the works of Creation and Providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom, and power of God, as to leave men unexcusable; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God and His will, which is necessary to salvation.”
Romans 1:19-21. Why are all people without excuse when it comes to knowing God?
Romans 2:14,15. What is the evidence given that all people are responsible to obey God?
Psalm 19:1-3. What demonstrates God’s glory? Is this a one-time instance of declaration, or is it constant?
Warm, sandy beaches. Crisp, glittering snow. The beat of a hummingbird’s wings. When confronted with the beauty of the world around us, it is apparent that God created it all. How could such beauty come by chance?
Rain falls, the sun shines, and food grows. People are fed. The goodness of God is declared.
The earth’s rotation around the sun is extremely reliable. Math equations are constant. Mankind has a desire for knowledge. The wisdom of God is shown.
Ocean tides ebb and flow. Volcanoes erupt. History tells of people surviving events that should have crushed them. The power of God is displayed.
This constant cry from nature, creation and providence declaring God’s goodness, wisdom and power is called general revelation. How amazing is it that those attributes of God are made known to everyone? And yet, due to sin, we supress that knowledge and disregard God’s law. General revelation is amazing, what it tells us about God is awe-inspiring, and yet it is not enough. It leaves out the knowledge needed about God to free us from our sin and the penalty due to sin. Where can that knowledge be found? In the Holy Scriptures.
General revelation is beautiful. How much more so the Scriptures!
Questions to consider:
- If you looked outside your window right now, how would nature, creation and providence you see point to the goodness, wisdom and power of God?
- If a person has never heard of the Scriptures, can that person be saved?
- What importance do you place on Scripture? Is it more valuable to you than creation?