1 John 1:5 – “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” NKJV
I believe in creation and believe that God has always been and will always be. I also believe that there was a time, in God, before time. God’s creation of the universe added nothing to His person or power it was a revelation of Who He Is! He created all things for His Glory which allows us to catch a glimpse of His fullness. When we glorify God we add nothing to His dimension but we expand our horizons. When we magnify God we do not make Him greater than He is or larger but greater and larger to us or in our understanding and appreciation.
Revelation travels down three paths or roads. I would like to briefly hit some high-points in this concept.
- Revelation through Nature.
Psalm 19:1-3 declare to us that the very heavens declare the glory of God. In Romans 1:18-20 we read, “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”
It will be futile to say to God on the Day of Judgment, “No one told me…” Yes, we need to spread the Good News but the Bible reveals that Nature itself reveals God and this is the simplest revelation of Him.
- Revelation through the Word of God – The Bible.
The Bible, I believe, is a progression in revelation. We couple God’s Word with what is clearly revealed in nature and the two combine to give an expanded revelation of God. In the Bible we quickly realize that God is a God of Love, Grace, Mercy, Justice and Truth. In the Bible we have a revelation of God’s Plan of Salvation and the lost-ness of man without Christ.
- Revelation through the Person of Jesus Christ.
Colossians 1:15-17 we find, “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.” Then in verse 19 we read, “For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell.” This is reemphasized in Colossians 2:19 and by the words of Jesus as recorded in Hebrews 1:1-3 that IF we have seen Him (Christ) we have seen the father.
We know that in the “solar spectrum” there are “seven visible colors” which compose the spectrum seen in the rainbow, in the flashing colors of a well-cut diamond or in beveled glass. At the upper end of the spectrum we find violet and at the lower end red. Someone used this to illustrate that these seven basic colors represent or reveal the perfection in the Godhead. The number “seven” has long been associated with God and Perfection. The writer declared a short listing as follows:
- Red Speaks of God’s Sacrifice.
- Blue His Heavenly Character.
- Purple His Royal Personality or Personage.
I won’t take the time to rehearse all seven but you see the pattern and progression. We also know that the rays of the sun can be “deadly” to all living organisms and are “indispensable” and “essential” to all living organisms. Thus we can see that, in God we have His rays of “Justice” which demand full payment for sin and we find His rays of “Love” which reach out to offer salvation, joy, peace and mercy to all who will receive. Jesus is our shield against the demands of Justice and our cloak of God’s Love.
May the LORD walk with you opening the right doors and closing the wrong ones this beautiful day. Blessings!