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February 13, 2014
By Pastor David W. Bailey
Cottondale Baptist Church
Nature reveals much about God’s character (that is why some Bible scholars speak of the first half of Psalm 19 as dealing with natural revelation). According to the apostle Paul in Romans 1, God’s invisible attributes (namely, His eternal power and divine nature) have been clearly on display for all to see since the dawn of creation. This makes all of us without excuse before God. I cannot say, “But God, it is not fair that You judge my sin — I did not even know You existed.” Sorry. That excuse does not hold water. All around us the evidence of God’s existence, His power, His character is plain and undeniable. We can know God by observation of His creative and sustaining power everywhere we look. But is that enough? No.
We need the special revelation of God through His Word. It is great to know about God, but if you want to know Him personally and in a way that will change your life and your eternity for unspeakable good, you must have God reveal Himself to you. That happens with the Bible.
The second half of Psalm 19 speaks clearly about the nature and benefits of Scripture. Last time I mentioned two things you could not know about me unless I told you, one of which is my greatest theological inconsistency — I hate to fly. I know God is sovereign; I know that He has lovingly numbered my days. I shouldn’t hate to fly, but I do. You wouldn’t know that if I didn’t tell you.
God has chosen to tell you how to be saved. You, like David Bailey, are a sinner. You are a rebel against God’s just mastery over your life. He is Lord; He calls the shots. But you have set yourself as His enemy.
Jesus Christ, God’s Son, lived a perfect life of obedience to God’s will. He never once sinned, though He was tempted. He died on the cross to pay for His people’s sins. He rose again the third day. He is seated at the right hand of God and He will return in power someday. Repent of your sins. Believe in Jesus. Call upon Him to save you. He will. Then, and only then, will you truly know God.