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- By Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
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Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.
According to the Bible, God has revealed Himself in two main ways. The first is what we call general revelation; the other, obviously, is special revelation. So first let us look at general revelation. What is this? The Bible tells us that God has revealed Himself, in general and first, through creation and nature. Paul made a most important declaration on this subject to the people of Lystra. He said, “[God] left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Immediately before that, Paul had said, “God…made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein” (Acts 14:17, 15).
The other classic statement on that same point is to be found in Acts 17:24: “God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” Again, you find the same thing stated in Romans 1:19-20: “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”—another momentous passage. All those statements remind us that God, after all, has left His marks, His imprints, in nature and creation; they are “the works of his hands” (Psalm 111:7). “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).
Everything that has been made is in itself a revelation of God. That is the first definition of general revelation.
A Thought to Ponder
Everything that has been made is in itself a revelation of God.
From God the Father, God the Son pp. 13-14.
Today’s devo is taken from Walking with God Day by Day © 2003 by Good News Publishers. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Crossway Books, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.
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