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Revelation And Response November 30, 2006

Posted by rattazzimedia in Christianity, Church, God, Religion, Spiritual, Spiritual Overview, Spiritual Study, Spirituality, Theology.
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Whenever God reveals something about himself his method is always to structure the revelation in a form that requires some sort of response from the hearer.  This response indicates the heart of the listener.  For`example God made certain promises to Abraham, these promises were somewhat difficult to believe but Abraham’s response is so important it is noted more than once by the writers of the New Testament.  Both James and the apostle Paul referenced Genesis fifteen using the quote: “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”  This is why Abraham is remembered today.  This is why Abraham is the father of many nations.  When God revealed himself to Abraham, Abraham made the correct response.  He changed his life and started on a journey of faith with the Lord.  Abraham believed God and followed the instruction that came with the promise. 

The response to God should not be: “ok that’s nice thank you God” and then you continue on just as you did before.  God’s revelation requires a response.  The format God uses in communicating with us is to make a promise (or promises) and give instruction.  It was that way in the garden of Eden and it is still that way today.  Our response should be to believe the promise and follow the instruction.  Revelation and response.  Our response demonstrates our heart toward God and our fellow man.  Now you and I can’t judge each others hearts but we can look at each others response to God’s grace.  We can help each other to better understand the response God is looking for from each of us.  This way together we can form a community that is noted for it’s faith in God’s word and commitment to following God’s instruction.  This is what should bind us together.  This should be our response to God’s revelation.

Alright then, revelation and response, our religion is not a passive thing.  Our faith is not a lifeless thing.  Our answer to the living and active God should be a living and active response.  God requires us to make an active decision to follow him, this means that we have decided not to follow a different path, one that is in disagreement with God’s instruction.  Easier said than done, this is why we are there to help each other.  This is why God has instructed us to help each other.  So let’s get to it together.  Let us together explore God’s revelation of himself and encourage one another in making the response that God is looking for.  Revelation and response.  

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