The Revelation of God to the World

The Revelation of God to the World.

Read Hebrews 1:1-4

“He is the radiance of His glory and the exempt representation of His nature.”

The greatest existential question is the question: “Who is God?” The answers to every other question (What is the meaning of life? What or who determines morality? Where do we God when we die? etc.,) are all interwoven with this fundamental question. This question has baffled philosophers and captured the thinking of theologians since the dawn of time. But God is neither distant nor is he silent. He has not remained behind the shroud of heaven to leave us to flounder in our search for meaning in life and understanding of who he has. Instead, he has revealed himself to us that we might know him and understand who he is. From the very beginning of creation, he sought to reveal himself to us. Like a master painter who discloses himself in his work, God imprinted his character within the artwork of creation in order to make himself known to us (Romans 1:20). But the art never fully reveals the true character of the artist. While it gives glimpses, it is still veiled. To help us further understand him, God wrote an autobiography, a love letter, to give us a more in-depth knowledge of his nature and activities. In the pages of Scripture, we find a far clearer picture of the self-disclosure of God. Thus, his word is more desirable than gold, for his word reveals a greater understanding of him (Psalm 19:7-14).

However, to know someone intimately requires a personal relationship, one where we interact with them and observe how they respond to every situation. When Christ came, he did not come just to communicate more fully the message from God. As God, he came as the fullest revelation of God. He was the final Word, who came to live among us and identify with us (John 1:14). The written word became the living Word. It is one thing to discern the artist by his art, it is helpful to read his autobiography, but the full understanding of the artist comes when we walk beside him in life and observe all his actions and listen to his conversations, to hear his words, observe his actions, listen to his dreams. Such is the significance of Christ. When Christ came, God spoke through him, not just that he spoke through his words, but God revealed himself in the person of Christ himself. Christ came that we might see the radiance of God in all its fullness for he is the exact representation of his nature. He was God himself.

This is what makes the life of Christ worthy of our study, for in him we find the answer to the question of “Who is God.” The life of Christ is more than just a life of one who lives for God. Christ is fully God and so in him we gain our understanding of God. This is what gives us meaning in life. Our search to know God must begin and end with the self-disclosure of God in the incarnation of Christ. Our search to know ourselves begins and ends with God since we are created in his image. When we read the Bible, we discover God. When we study the life of Christ, we see God in his fulness. When we embrace Christ, we enter into a growing relationship with the living God. When we become like Christ, we also discover our true identity for we are created to reflect his image. It is in our relationship with him that we discover the joy of a relationship with the father. When Christ invites us into a relationship with him, he is inviting us into a relationship with the triune God and to fulfill our purpose in life. There is no greater joy or privilege than this.

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