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