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Revelation of God

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God graciously makes himself known to humanity since people cannot discover him on their own. He achieves this in many ways, but supremely through his Son Jesus Christ.

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The necessity of revelation

God is hidden from human view because of sin

Isaiah 59:2 KJV 1900
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, And your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
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People are ignorant of God

Acts 17:23 KJV 1900
For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you.
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People cannot know God unaided

Matthew 11:25–27 KJV 1900
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.
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The means by which God reveals himself

In the Scriptures

Psalm 119:105 KJV 1900
NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, And a light unto my path.
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By the Holy Spirit

Ephesians 1:17 KJV 1900
That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him:
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Supremely in Jesus Christ

Hebrews 1:1–2 KJV 1900
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake 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;
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In the creation

Psalm 19:1 KJV 1900
The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.
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Through the prophets

Amos 3:7 KJV 1900
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, But he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
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In visions and dreams

Daniel 1:17 KJV 1900
As for these four children, God gave them knowledge and skill in all learning and wisdom: and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams.
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Face to face

Numbers 12:8 KJV 1900
With him will I speak mouth to mouth, even apparently, and not in dark speeches; and the similitude of the Lord shall he behold: wherefore then were ye not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
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In the exodus

Exodus 7:5 KJV 1900
And the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.
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In special signs

Gideon’s fleece; an altar split apart; a shadow moving backwards

The nature of God’s self-revelation in Jesus Christ

God reveals Jesus Christ’s true identity

Matthew 16:17 KJV 1900
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.
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Jesus Christ is the visible image of God

Colossians 1:15 KJV 1900
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
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Jesus Christ’s glory is still to be fully revealed

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Things that God reveals

Hidden mysteries

Daniel 2:22 KJV 1900
He revealeth the deep and secret things: He knoweth what is in the darkness, And the light dwelleth with him.
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Future events

Genesis 41:25 KJV 1900
And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
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His righteousness

Romans 1:17 KJV 1900
For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
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His wrath

Romans 1:18 KJV 1900
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;
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His salvation

Psalm 98:2 KJV 1900
The Lord hath made known his salvation: His righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
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His glory

Isaiah 40:5 KJV 1900
And the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, And all flesh shall see it together: For the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.

The pillar of cloud and fire in the wilderness:

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the Lord shows his glory to Moses

The cloud of glory in the tabernacle and the temple:

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The mystery of the gospel

“mystery” in the NT means “something previously hidden, undiscoverable by human means but now revealed by God”.
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The revelation of God’s will

Physical means by which God reveals his will

By the Urim and Thummim:


By casting lots:

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God’s self-revelation makes his will plain

Romans 1:20 KJV 1900
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:
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God’s self-revelation is according to his own sovereign purpose

Isaiah 65:1 KJV 1900
I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not: I said, Behold me, behold me, Unto a nation that was not called by my name.
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