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The Need for a Revelation

TEXT:† Rom. 16:25;† Eph. 3:3

INTRODUCTION:

A.††††† WE CAN KNOW BY GODíS CREATION THAT HE EXISTS.

††††††††† 1.†††††† The machinery of the universe evidences intelligent design and purpose.

††††††††† 2.†††††† God is reflected also in the unique nature of man.

B.††††† WHAT DO WE KNOW ABOUT GOD?† NOTHING BUT THAT HE IS.

C.††††† ALL WE KNOW OF GOD OR CAN KNOW MUST BE REVEALED BY HIM.

††††††††† 1.†††††† We contend that the Bible is not the product of manís imagination but that ...

††††††††† 2.†††††† God reveals himself and his will to men and that the Bible is that

††††††††† ††††††††† revelation.

I.††††† IS "REVELATION" A BIBLE WORD?

A.††††† REVEAL, apokulupto, which means to unveil, uncover.† A revelation is the

††††††††† uncovering, or making known of something previously not known.

B.††††† THE SCRIPTURES CLAIM INSPIRATION OF GOD AND THEY COME NOT

††††††††† FROM HUMAN WISDOM OR IMPULSE ( 2 Tim. 3:16-17;† 2 Pet. 1:20-21 ).

C.††††† MANíS LIMITATIONS CONSTITUTE THE COVERING

††††††††† ( Isa. 55:8-9;† 1 Cor. 3:19-20 ).

††††††††† 1.†††††† Man is limited in time and knowledge ( James 4:13-14 ).

††††††††† 2.†††††† God is not limited ( Heb. 4:13;† Mark 10:27;† Psa. 139:7-10;† 90:2 ).

††††††††† 3.†††††† Therefore, it is up to God to reveal himself.

†††††††††††††††††† a.†††††† Man canít hope to attain to Godís wisdom on his own.

†††††††††††††††††† b.†††††† It is up to God to bridge the gap.

II.†††† CAN MAN KNOW GOD APART FROM SOME REVELATION?

A.††††† We cannot know God by nature.

††††††††† 1.†††††† It is true that we can know that God is through his handiwork (Psa. 19:1-4;

†††††††††††††††††† Rom. 1:20).† But what does Godís creation tell us about Godís will?

††††††††† 2.†††††† From his earliest history, man, with all his wisdom and all of his observation of

†††††††††††††††††† nature, has worshipped the creature rather than the creator (Rom. 1:25).

†††††††††††††††††† Man sees the beauty of nature and the power that God gives nature, and without

†††††††††††††††††† revelation, nature is all we know of God.† Therefore, man worships nature and all

†††††††††††††††††† of its beings which are Godís creation.† Worship is determined by lusts and

†††††††††††††††††† appetites.

B.††††† We cannot know God by intuition.

††††††††† 1.†††††† (Prov. 14:12;† Jer. 10:23).† Man canít direct his own steps.

††††††††† 2.†††††† The gospel is Godís power to salvation ( Rom. 1:16 ).† If man had some inner

†††††††††††††††††† light, what would be the need of the gospel?

 

C.††††† We cannot know God by human wisdom.

††††††††† 1.†††††† (1 Cor. 1:21; 3:19).† The only way we can know God is through the preaching

†††††††††††††††††† and studying of his word.

††††††††† 2.†††††† With all the vaunted accomplishments of the Roman Empire, the celebrated

†††††††††††††††††† philosophers of Greece, the moral and spiritual degradation of that generation is

†††††††††††††††††† graphically pictured in Romans 1.† Even Plato realized the inadequacy and

†††††††††††††††††† limitation of human philosophy and wisdom when he said, "We will wait for

†††††††††††††††††† one, either God or a God inspired man to teach us our religious duties

††††††††† ††††††††† †and to take away the darkness from our eyes."

††††††††† 3.†††††† Human wisdom stands in opposition to Godís ( 1 Cor. 1:21-25;† Col. 2:8 ).

D.††††† THOUGH MAN HAS TRIED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN HIMSELF AND

††††††††† GOD, ALL ATTEMPTS HAVE FAILED.† GOD MUST BRIDGE THE GAP.

III.††† HOW DID GOD DO IT Ė

††††††† HOW DO WE COME TO KNOW ABOUT GOD?

A.††††† Heb. 1:1-2.† GOD SPOKE IN TIME PAST THROUGH THE PROPHETS,

††††††††† BUT NOW THROUGH JESUS ( John 1:18;† 14:6-10;† 17:7-8;† 12:48-50 ).

B.††††† BUT JESUS DIDNíT TELL EVERYTHING ( John 16:12-13;† 14:26 ).

C.††††† THE SPIRIT WAS THE MEDIUM JESUS USED TO REVEAL GOD

††††††††† ( 1 Cor. 2:10-11 ).

D.††††† UNTO WHOM DID THE SPIRIT REVEAL GODíS WILL ( Eph. 3:5 ).

E.††††† WHAT DID THE APOSTLES DO WITH THIS REVELATION?

††††††††† ( 1 Cor. 2:12-13;† Eph. 3:3-5 ).

F.††††† WHEN WE READ THE SERMONS AND LETTERS OF THESE ďINSPIREDĒ

††††††††† MEN, WHAT WILL BE THE RESULT? ( 1 Cor. 2:16;† Eph. 3:3-4 ).

G.††††† WE CAN EVEN KNOW MORE THAN THE OLD TESTAMENT PROPHETS

††††††††† ( 1 Pet. 1:12 ).

H.††††† WHAT ARE WE TO DO WHEN WE LEARN ABOUT GOD? ( 2 Tim. 2:2 ).

I.†††††† SO IT IS THROUGH THE PREACHING OF THE GOSPEL THAT GOD REVEALS

††††††††† HIMSELF AND HIS WILL ( 1 Cor. 1:21;† Rom. 1:16;† James 1:21 ).

CONCLUSION:

A.††††† WHAT THEN DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT GOD ( John 3:16;† 1 Tim. 2:3-4 ).

B.††††† WHO THEN IS GOD GOING TO SAVE? ( Matt. 7:21 ).

C.††††† WHAT DOES GOD WANT US TO DO? ( Acts 2:38 ).