Sermon Series Notes:
Romans 1: 18-21
A Big Question: Why is there anything but God?
1. God Wants To Be Known.
God needs nothing outside of Himself to be God. He is self existent; He is God all by Himself. Our being, even the World existing does not make Him more God than He already is. he did not need us… So why bother. Why create anything else?
After much thought and study, I have come to the simple conclusion that God wants to be know, to express Himself. How did I come this conclusion?
1st He revealed Himself in creation by and through what we call Natural Revelation. Probably for the same reason that an artist wants to create and design. Except God as an artist wanted to not only create a masterpiece on a canvas that He could admire, but He wanted to create a work of art that could admire him back.
2nd He inspired a book to be written about Himself, the Bible. We call this Specific Revelation. Hebrews 10:7: “Behold I have come in the volume of a book it is written of me…” In one volume with 66 books written over 2000 years by some 40 authors. Its a book of fulfilled prophecy. David said in PS 119:105 “ Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a Light unto my path.” It is a Lamp for light on demand and a light to dispel darkness.
3rd He revealed Himself through personal revelation in the form of a man named Jesus Christ. John 1:14 “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth.” He knew that we could never understand Him in another dimension and that we because of sin could never become like him. So the only way was for Him to become like us.
God was so committed to expressing Himself that he left His fingerprints on all of creation, wrote a book about Himself and finally become a man and introduced Himself to us in person.
God Fact #2 God Wants To Be Trusted
In Hebrews 11:6 we are told that “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Notice… must believe that “He Is”. We must believe that He exists and that He is a rewarder. In other words, that He is interested and active in our lives… God wants us to trust Him but He knew that we could not trust what we did not know. So He first revealed Himself to us and then began to teach us to trust Him. And if you believe He’s there, why wouldn’t you want to trust Him?
A call to faith is a call to action. By faith Able offered, Enoch walked, Noah built, Abraham obeyed etc…
What is your action statement as a result of your faith?
God Fact #3 God Wants To Be Loved.
Matthew 22: 35-40. The greatest commandment is not the great commission. The greatest commandment is to Love the Lord with all of our heart, soul and strength. with Everything… is the standard. Not holding back…
Love awakens something inside of us…
The scripture says that while we were yet sinners Christ died… John says the God so loved the world that he gave… We are moved by love and so is God. What lessons do we learn about love from the scriptures?
Love awakens, Love gives, Love goes, Love covers, Love serves. Love was the reason from the beginning… Why did God reveal Himself in the first place? Because He knew we could not trust what we did not know and we could not love what we did not trust. It had to be a progression…
Knowing, Trusting, Loving!
God wants your heart most of all!
But God, in His wisdom, knew that we could not Love what we did not trust, and that we could not trust what we did not know so He first reveled Himself so we could learn to trust Him because we could then love him back! He loves you today.