Reason and Revelation

We can only reason so much when it comes to faith, because the nature of faith is to “be sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1). The truth is that at some point the Christian actually became a Christian, and that was a moment of faith. For many that has meant taking the knowledge and evidence accumulated concerning the credibility of belief in God and the message of the gospel and translating that into a real faith commitment in receiving the salvation offered through Christ.

At the point of salvation something very real happens. It is true that faith takes courage because it is put in something that cannot be seen with natural eyes. But it has been said that faith in God is like seeing the wind’s effects on the trees – you can’t see the wind, but you can sure see it blowing the tree from side to side, it’s effects on the things it touches. Seeing God is a lot like that.

Revelation is one of those supernatural things that you experience when you meet the Lord. Not only does the Christian know about God, but they can honestly say they know him because he has revealed himself to them through Christ. This is a life-changing experience. To have a revelation is to have God show you something about himself or his Word, the Bible. It is to have a new understanding or insight that you didn’t have before.

Revelation will always line up with the Bible, what we already know that God has revealed. There have been many false prophets who have come along and claimed to have been given a revelation from God, but that has not resembled the Word in the least. God cannot lie (Hebrews 6:18) and does not change (Hebrews 13:8), so we can trust that he will not contradict himself in what he reveals to one person compared to another. God is the God of truth (Psalm 31:5).

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