God, the Revealer!
June 07, 2020: SOAP #3839: Ecclesiastes 4-6; Psalm 18; Ephesians 3
Scripture: Ephesians (NIV) 3:2 Surely you have heard about the administration of God's grace that was given to me for you, 3 that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly.
6 This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.
Observation: This truth was revealed to Paul. He did not think it up. He did not reason it out. But as God revealed truth to Paul, Paul found that it was not new truth, in fact it was present in the Old Testament. This had been God's plan all along!
How important is revelation! It is the only way man can know about God. Praise God that He is a revealer; He reveals Himself. The only way the finite can know the Infinite is if the Infinite chooses to reveal Himself.
Application: It is important for me to be open to God's revelation. I need God to reveal the terribleness of sin to me personally. I need God to reveal His love for me. Many things I can read about in the Bible, but I need the revelation of God to me personally enabling me to understand its value to me.
The early church did not have written copies of the Bible that they could carry with them and read throughout the day. They relied on what they learned from the church leaders when they gathered, and from the presence of the Holy Spirit in personal revelation throughout each day. Today we have the Bible, but I still need the Holy Spirit to reveal what is important for me today.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, reveal yourself to me. Show me the wonders of your love and holiness. Reveal your plan for my life today. Amen
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