Finding God is like a quest for some people. Theories have been debated for years and the overwhelming amount of religious and scientific explanations leaves us wondering which to believe. Christians believe that God is real, however you need divine revelation too. R.C. Sproul puts it nicely in saying, “[Divine] Revelation provides a supernatural aid in understanding the good”.*
So my prayer for this series is that you would have a real and true understanding of God. If you’ve never had it, I hope you’d receive divine revelation. The God of Christianity is no mystery; his existence is clear, yet extraordinary.
God is the Author of Creation
To get the full story on how God has created the world, read Genesis 1 and 2. He spoke the world into existence, breathing life into a dark empty space. Invisible qualities such as his divine nature and eternal power are displayed throughout the earth (Romans 1:20).
Every rainforest, desert, river and garden proclaims his handiwork, declaring his glory (Psalm 19:1). It amazes me that from the hand I drafted this post with, to the trees in my backyard and the sun in the sky were designed by our Heavenly Father.
People often think that science and faith don’t mix. To that, I say that science explains all that God has created. Understanding science is like gaining access to God’s genius. Everything we understand about nature is a result of the specified complexity in God’s design for the earth. It blows me away every time!
We Reflect the Image of God
God’s best creation was man because, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. In other words, we were made in the likeness of God. Our ability to think, feel, and choose are unique traits of our mind that reflect our Creator.
Though sin has distorted our reflection of God, all is not lost. Jesus taking on the form of a human showed us a perfect image of God (Colossians 1:15). As a result, our lives can be spent conforming to our status as a new creation (2 Corinthians 5:17).
The Bible (aka God’s Word)
Everything God wants us to know about him is in the Bible. Though the different books were written by 40 men over the early centuries, God inspired the writers through the Holy Spirit, telling one overall narrative. Instead of telling you what I think the Bible does, I’ll leave that to the book itself…
Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
2 Timothy 3:16 “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness”
Isaiah 40:8 “The grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of our God endures forever.”
Proverbs 30:5 “Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.”
There you have it. God’s Word is powerful, and through the Spirit, we understand who God is and what he wants from us – but more on that in parts two and three.
Jesus: the Way, the Truth and the Life
“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1:1-2
Hebrews opens by stating that Jesus is the ultimate revelation of God. You don’t have to read far into the gospels to see how they’re related. At Jesus’ baptism, God said, ‘This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased’ Matthew 3:17.
Jesus said, ‘I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’ John 14:6-7. Jesus’ death and resurrection is the best example of this. He made a way for us to know our Heavenly Father by becoming our sin so that we could be like him.
The ways God reveals himself to us are obvious and profound at the same time. All he created points back to him. Stay tuned for the next part of the series and in the meantime, take some time to explore for yourself the ways through which God has made himself known.
*From Chapter Two of How Should I Live in This World?, Crucial Questions #5