Sufficient Revelation

Thursday, Feb. 2                            

Martin Luther’s statement as recorded in What is Reformed Theology?, p. 35. “No faith in, no knowledge and no understanding of, God, insofar as He is not revealed, are possible. . . What is above us is none of our business.”  But the revealed knowledge that we have is still way beyond what any of us can fully comprehend.  It’s too immense and complex.  No one has ever grasped it all, and no one ever will this side of heaven.  And we will misinterpret a good deal of it, too.  The positive side is that we will know enough about God to respond properly.  Sproul then adds a comment by John Calvin along the same line. “His essence, indeed, is incomprehensible, utterly transcending all human thought; but on each of his works his glory is engraven in characters so bright, so distinct, and so illustrious, that none, however dull and illiterate can plead ignorance as their excuse.”  I get emotional with this.  What a magnificent and lofty view of God!  We all wrestle with  nuances of truth, and will more fully understand in the next life.  And I expect that God will also reveal a few more things about himself—which are “none of our business” now, things that we will be able to receive once the sin nature is gone.  Luther makes a good point, and a correct one.  It may not help us to understand more revealed truth, but it will certainly enhance our view of God.  Probably the most important thing we can gain from the statement is the immense gulf between an infinite God and a finite human being.  We can always use a dose of humility!

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