In the doctrine of revelation, the God who created us makes Himself known to us. In this we should be thankful, for if God had not revealed Himself to us, we would have no way of knowing who He is or what He has done.
Theologians (the smart guys) talk about two different kinds of revelation: General and Special.
- General revelation refers to God making Himself known through the things that He has made, His creation.
- Special revelation refers to God making Himself known through His written word, the Bible.
Here are two passages about General revelation.
Psalms 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.”
Why in the world are there billions of stars and millions of miles of galaxy? So your jaw would drop as you stare into the night sky and think, God is glorious!
Romans 1:20 “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.”
There is not a person on the planet who has an excuse for not knowing there is a God. How can this be? Because God has plainly made that fact known by all the things He has made. So the evolutionist may have a good theory, but not a good excuse
In addition to Creation, God has given us general revelation though our Conscience.
Romans 2:14-16 “For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.”
Here Paul says people who do not have the special revelation of God (His law), still have the work of the law written on their hearts. In other words all people have a moral compass showing them right from wrong (no matter how warped that compass might be). So all people know in their hearts they have done wrong and they will be judge for their wrong doing.
So in the doctrine of General Revelation, we discover that God has made the reality of Himself clearly known both outside and inside of us (Creation and Conscience).
While general revelation shows us there is a God, general revelation cannot tell us who that God is. This is why we also need special revelation (the Bible) where God speaks in our language who He is and what He has done.
So the next time your heart leaps at the setting of the sun, it’s just doing its job; pointing you to something much greater than it.