(Teacher: Tim LaHaye)
There are three specific ways that God has revealed Himself to mankind.
1. Through Creation
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Romans 1:19,20 states, “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.”
These and other Scriptures clearly indicate that God has given ample evidence in creation that He exists. There are serious limitations to that form of revelation, however, however, for we do not learn a great deal about God’s personal nature and nothing about His grace, love, and mercy for man.
2. Through Jesus Christ
God has given a more specific revelation of Himself to man. Hebrews 1:1-3 says, “God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus Christ revealed God to man in everything He did; that’s why if you want to know about God, then study the life of Christ. All man really needs to know about God is found in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. But unless you happen to live during the time of His life, you would never have known about that revelation of God were it not for the Bible.
3. Through The Bible
Of the three revelations from God, the 66 books of the Bible provide us the most complete revelation information about Him, and because the Bible is permanently in our grasp, we can study at our own discretion. God has promised to illuminate us through His Spirit as we carefully read and study this third revelation.