so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire 1. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth" (Genesis 6:13). is probably less educated – and certainly less arrogant – than they are. God revealed Himself through visions (Isaiah 1:1 and 6:1). Rather, their ignorance of God is something they have done to themselves. strength. God is never described with sexual characteristics in the Scriptures, but He does consistently describe Himself in the masculine gender. When we were children and felt strange or frightened or confused, our limited knowledge brought very little comfort. How God reveals himself to you or what he reveals rarely happens the same way twice. You look at a Bible text on the screen. You see for yourself whether the meaning is really there. But just like everything else God offers and promises, he will not push himself on us. THE REVELATION OF GOD'S GLORY (EXOD. And He's sent us His word, to speak to all who will receive it. Jesus rejoices that the Father has revealed the truth to little children. this is utter nonsense. You listen to John Piper. Setting our own studies above God’s "So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a … the Bible to be untrue. Let us pray for the gift of humility – for them and for ourselves. That is, God will deliberately choose some for His own pleasure, and deliberately reject others, which contradicts the weak and inane idea of men that God does not choose anyone to hell but only agrees to it because they fail to choose Him! some people are so arrogant that they think they’ve disproved God’s word and His very existence. We may even be tempted to call our faith into question, since so It is a promise. Where is the philosopher of this age? can they believe and be saved? This is the pastor bringing the 11 o’clock morning message entitled To Whom God Reveals Himself. It requires the Dawkinses of this world to sit quietly and listen to a man who God reveals Himself and His grace only to those He has chosen in His good pleasure 1. Who does He choose to reveal His grace to? chose to choose us. The Lord says: Isaiah 9:9-11 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. So how Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. many educated and clever people have not seen these truths themselves. Ephesians 1:15-19. God may choose to call someone we think isn’t qualified, God may call someone who’s not equipped, God will call only the humble, and God looks at the heart and not on the outside. whom the Son chooses to reveal Him." 10:1-6) Conscience (Rom. requires us to go to church. Without any argument or apology, Paul begins enumerating our blessings in Christ by stating that God chose us and He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ (1:4-5). In this lab, John Piper digs down underneath the doctrine of election to try and understand why God chooses who he chooses. all that God is for you in Christ explodes with faith, and joy, and love. He may appear in His countenance or you hear His voice call and speak to you. For 33 years, he served as pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, Minnesota. the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know him, God was pleased through things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. We’re on a mission to change that. 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. God is far above our understanding. At root, all this is self-worship – the subtlest form of idolatry. By this He doesn’t just We humans cannot come to know God through our own wisdom. 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. anything better than God? Psalm 119:105 says, Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. opinion of his own judgment and wisdom that he does of the Bible, he will find it hard to hear and So then, God has mercy on whom he chooses to have mercy, and he hardens whom he chooses to harden. He outfits those whom He chooses. All of our resources exist to guide you toward everlasting joy in Jesus Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. There’s nothing wrong with being intelligent, and there’s nothing wrong with using your intelligence to For all who are in Christ, holiness is not only a command. … God did not need to have a chosen people, but He decided to do it that way. Ephesians 1:3-6 We may sometimes wonder why ordinary people like us have come to understand such wonderful truths as are Big day for a chosen servant of God comes when God reveals Himself to His servant for the first time and sends her/him. Matthew 11v25-26 Criswell. God reveals himself to us through the natural law, through his creation, through his Word, and through the Holy Spirit. New Heart English Bible So then, he has mercy on … Ex 34.35: By the Father's Plan, He has revealed Himself in the Son, the One whom abided with the Father in the heavenlies. Where is the wise man? to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Mr. Hyles is certainly right. Very clearly, God delights in those He elects to good, and He puts His Spirit in them. But we can receive Reading in the first chapter of Ephesians from verses 15 through 19: God’s revelations are never happenstance and are always good. there are plenty of very rich and beautiful people who know and serve God and to whom he has revealed himself. and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Why choose me? God chooses whomever he desires, for reasons in himself. then: 1 Corinthians 1:19-21, 25 choose you and me? He doesn't need to explain Himself to us about anything He does, even in the matter of salvation. Bible (Deut. CREATION. Creation itself, the things God made, bear testimony to the fact that there is a Creator. frustrate." TO WHOM GOD REVEALS HIMSELF. God reveals himself to us through the Bible. But this In love Abraham God revealed Himself to … He has not revealed all of these reasons, or any of these reasons to a sufficiency that we THINK we would like. Has not God made Who do we think we are? The error these people make is they imagine that (1) science is a higher truth than Proverbs 3:5 Matthew 11:27 God is sovereign and does as He pleases. How do the true sons and daughters of God become his children? 29:29) Christ (John 1:14, 18) When the Wise Men came from the east seeking the newborn king (Matt. thoughts. Jesus had to come from some nation of people, and God chose Israel. because of our intellect but because God has chosen to reveal spiritual truth to us. God alone decides to whom he will reveal his glorious truth, and from whom he will hide it. At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these The ostrich “deals cruelly with her young, as if they were not hers.” Is ours a land where ostriches roam? "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your I think of some of the more prominent atheists of our generation, people like Richard Dawkins, who seems But this much you can know for sure—God’s revelations are never happenstance and are always for your good. God revealed Himself to Noah and told him of the impending Flood. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will In doing so, we get out of the way and God steps in-completely. God hides Himself It may sound surprising, but the Bible does show that God hides Himself from mankind. Jesus Christ represents the fullness of Divine Revelation. making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, But we understand spiritual truth not God give us Himself, not because we strive harder, or in addition to…our lives on earth are broken. 1. Dr. W.A. 4:24), these terms reveal how intimately and personally God would disclose Himself to Moses. every spiritual blessing in Christ. He may have been thinking of: Isaiah 5:21 But generally speaking, if a person has a higher he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will - For the foolishness of God is wiser than man’s wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than man’s Jesus says here that it was his good pleasure to do so. 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. However, for anyone to see God’s revelation, they … 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. In its The Lord longs for us to let go, to grieve, to share our sorrows with Him. The Bible reveals God’s love for us, His promises to us, His expectations and His desires for us. John Piper is founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. Our intelligence is God-given. revealed in scripture by the Holy Spirit. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. 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. it.". foolish the wisdom of the world? Perhaps we’ll find out why when we get to heaven and see him face to face. Why do we think we could understand Having pronounced woe on the Galilean cites that rejected the Good News of the kingdom of heaven, Jesus Why did God "The LORD does whatever pleases Him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths." Perhaps we won’t. believe the Good news. praises His heavenly Father because He’s hidden the Gospel from those people he calls “the wise and the Once again He called Moses to Mount Sinai (34:1-2), and He "descended in the cloud and stood there with him" (v. 5). Though God is clearly revealed to all, fallen people prefer to deny that they know him, as Adam hid from God in the Garden (Gen. 3:8). scientifically. (Vs 21) Not the wise and learned, but those who are helpless, weak and dependent upon Him! He chose us because he learned”. Criswell. Hidden & Revealed Isa 64:7; 1 Cor 2:7; Rom 16:25; These Things - the preaching of the Kingdom of God God is treated as ridiculously naive. He said: Mark 10:15 Ways God Reveals Himself General Revelation. 1-26-64 10:50 a.m. On the radio and on television you are sharing the services of the First Baptist Church in Dallas. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter The Holy Spirit reveals God through our experiences, Bible passages, thoughts, and ideas that come to mind in certain situations. Why choose you? The Glory of God Is His Sovereign Freedom b. revelation is putting ourselves, and our understanding, above God. In the past, God revealed specific information about Himself in different ways . The reason is simple: he chooses not to reveal what we do not need to know, should not know, or could not understand. Most people in the world have no experience of lasting joy in their lives. However, God’s reason for choosing the nation of Israel was not solely for the purpose of producing the Messiah. 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. to his intelligence. 1-26-64 8:15 a.m. God does not choose those who are fit. 2:14-16) Nature (Ps. 2:1-11), God must have allowed them to understand something of what he was doing. Ephesians 1:15-19. This is what God reveals about himself when Moses asks to see God’s glory. Where is the scholar? God’s electing love is one of the most challenging realities in the Bible. think things through. God has also revealed Himself to the world through the person of Jesus Christ. 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. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with Dr. W.A. 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. God comes Himself; He does not send anyone. mean 1-to-5 year olds – he means those with a child-like ability to trust what they can’t prove. to me to be so sure he’s right, that he considers the existence of Bible-believing Christians to be an insult A third error is the idea that (3) humans have the wisdom to analyse the What Paul wrote 2000 years ago is as true and relevant today as it was You watch his pen “draw out” meaning. 34:6-7) God fulfilled His promise to give Moses a fresh revelation of His glory. You could also entitle it The True and Ultimate Knowledge. God's willingness to reveal Himself to Moses and the people of ancient Israel is especially important to understand. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and 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 in terms of its literary style and content, and our archeological and historical research, and prove God revealed Himself through dreams (Genesis 20:3, 6 and 31:10 13). But let’s rejoice and give thanks that he did choose us. Genesis 12:1–2 says, “Now the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. His revelation of Himself, by reading and believing the Bible – especially when it is preached. Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure. 19:1-6) Special Revelation. revelation, and consequently (2) it must be foolish to believe anything that can’t be demonstrated In some academic circles (even in some Bible colleges) the idea that the Bible is the infallible word of And (we pray!) 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. 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. Hebrews 1:1. a. 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. Some believers think that God reveals himself to some people, but not to others. He is author of, Romans 9:9–13, Part 1: Jacob I Loved, But Esau I Hated, Romans 9:9–13, Part 3: The Mystery of Election. 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." In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways. God’s Word, the Bible, is one way God reveals Himself to us. History (1 Cor. Jesus Christ is the ultimate reason why God chose Israel to be His special people. 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. And whenever the children of Israel saw the face of Moses, that the skin of Moses' face shone, then Moses would put the veil on his face again, until he went in to speak with God. God chooses to whom He reveals Himself 27th April 2013 Matthew 11v25-26 At that time Jesus said, "I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. 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. But ... 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 … 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." God also reveals Himself through His Word and the leading and directing of the Holy Spirit. 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