Thursday, July 25, 2019

God in His Revelation

Because Scripture witnesses to God’s revelation of himself, it confronts us with three related questions: (1) Who is this God who reveals himself? (2) How does God reveal himself? (3) What impact does God’s act of revelation have on the person involved? Consistent with Scripture, the Church’s answer to these questions has been the doctrine of the Trinity.

Who is this God who reveals himself? As Creator, God is wholly unlike us or anything else that exists. So God as Creator is the only one who by nature cannot be known by us as creatures. Furthermore, since God is holy, God cannot be known even indirectly by us as sinners. If we know that God is with us and for us, it is only by grace. It is only because God has chosen freely in love to reveal himself to us. And because God alone is absolutely free in this way, whenever God does reveal himself, he reveals himself as our Lord. Furthermore, the New Testament maintains that God remains free of our control even in his revelation. Even as he reveals himself to us in Jesus Christ, God remains our Father in Heaven who sent the Son.

What impact does God’s act of revelation have? God does not reveal himself to people in general. God’s act of revelation is always an utterly unique event which occurs at a specific time and place and radically alters the lives of the specific people involved. God reveals his lordship this third way by freely choosing in love to be known by specific people as their God.

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