Ten Turning Points: God’s General Revelation
by Tom Gilson
God is a relational God, a Trinity from all eternity, who has put relationships at the center of his creation. He is a God of glory, and a God of truth and of justice, as we have seen earlier in this series. He has never failed to have a revelation of himself in his creation, especially to us whom he created in his image.
From before the creation of the first man and woman, the heavens were declaring the glory of God. And they still are: they still display truth concerning God.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
whose voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out through all the earth,
and their words to the end of the world.
But this is odd: what is their language? What do they say? The apostle Paul fills it in for us in Romans 1:18-23, in the midst of a passage on the responsibility all persons have before God. The question arises there, how can we all be responsible if we know nothing about God? His audience in this passage is those who have turned to idolatry. (Paul moves on later to speak of religious and moralistic persons’ responsibility; this one really is pointed toward idolatrous paganism primarily.) It should have been obvious to them all along how small those idols were…
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