The Visibility of God

Posted By: Dieuner Joseph | Friday, December 07, 2018


For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Romans 1:20

Last month, a Christian missionary was apparently killed by tribespeople from one of the world’s most isolated communities, on a remote island hundreds of miles off the coast of India. The 27-year-old American missionary, identified as John Allen Chau said he felt compelled to share the gospel with the Sentinelese. According to the organization that facilitated John’s missionary trip to that Island, from the first time John learned of the Sentinelese tribespeople as a teenager, John started to prepare himself to go share the gospel with them.

In preparation for his mission trip to the Sentinelese, John pursued linguistics and wilderness training. He took part in mission trips to challenging part of the world to prepare himself better. John also studied sports medicine and exercise science and trained as an emergency medical technician to be able to serve them.

John was aware of the risk of going to that remote Island to share the gospel. However, he was determined to do so because he wanted the tribespeople to know about the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. He paid the ultimate price for his obedience to the great commission. The tribespeople that killed him will be judged whether they ever hear the gospel or not.

In today’s text, Paul reminds us that “since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. Whether someone grew up in a Christian country or a remote Island where the gospel is never proclaimed, no one will have an excuse on the day of Judgement for not believing in God. Nor will anyone have a valid excuse for not accepting salvation through Jesus Christ.

God has been intentional about revealing himself to humanity since the very beginning. He sent Jesus Christ to give evidence of his love and commitment to his creation. Jesus gave us the gospel to proclaim so the world would know about God’s love. Even if we did not have the gospel, we would still not have an excuse for not accepting the existence of God.

The knowledge of God has been wired in our genes. The breath of God is in every human being. We are naturally and existentially spiritual. No one needs to tell us there is a reality that is greater than ourselves. Atheism is a decision not to acknowledge and cultivate one’s spirituality. It takes a lot of mental and emotional energy to be an atheist because it requires that one suppresses the breath of God within-something that is spiritually counterintuitive.

The visibility of God permeates every aspect of our existence. We may not fully comprehend the way God’s visibility is manifested in our day to day life, but we know his presence is all-encompassing, sustaining, and necessary. It is, therefore, our responsibility to seek God so we can better understand him.

Those who seek God with all their heart will find him (Jeremiah 29:13). Because God is a Spirit, it takes intentionality and faith to believe in God. We have to believe in God before we can discern his presence, and cultivate a relationship with him.

No one has an excuse not to worship God. Nor can we create our own gods to worship. Unfortunately, that is precisely what most of the people in the world have done. They have created their own religions to worship their own gods. However, the Bible reminds us there is only ONE God and one mediator who can reconcile God and humanity- the man Christ Jesus (1Timothy 2:5).

Prayer- Blessed Lord, I pray for those that are living in darkness because they deny your existence. May they come to experience your love through the gift of salvation offered to us through Jesus
Christ!

About The Author

Rev. Dieuner Joseph is a dynamic leader, disciple Maker, Writer, Talk Show host, and Spiritual counselor. Reverend Joseph is the founder of the Imani Temple Baptist Church and the Disciple Maker Ministry. He is a skilled Bible teacher who carefully and responsibly exegete the Scriptures to make them relevant to today’s readers. Through his Blog and weekly Christian magazine- The Wednesday Word- he seeks to provide Bible based instructions for dealing with the socio-political issues of today.

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