Revelation from heaven

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez
Photo by Priscilla Du Preez

How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery . . . which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit. Eph. 3:3, 5

Paul reminds us that in Christ we have been given the gospel of God through the apostles and prophets (3:3-11). It has come to us “by revelation.” God has “revealed [it] unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit” (5). The fact of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments, is a remarkable testimony to the goodness of God towards his people. The Bible is our burning bush. In it we hear the words of God. There is no learning more precious than this. You may go to hell with a head full of knowledge about math and physics and literature and history and languages. But you will not go to heaven without the knowledge of the God of heaven, and you will not know God apart from his word.

And to have the Bible in our own language is another remarkable blessing. We should never forget that men and women have given their lives for this privilege. More than that, we have amazing access to this word. Most of us have multiple copies of the Bible in our homes. And if someone does not have a copy, they can easily get one.

Let us therefore thank God for the Spirit-inspired, God-breathed Scriptures (cf. 2 Tim. 3:16). Let us thank him for opening our eyes to see the reality and relevance of it to our souls. "He hath shewed his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them" (Ps. 147:19-20). It is a signal blessing to have God's word, and we should praise him for it. Indeed, as the Psalm ends, let us say:"Praise ye the LORD" (Ps. 147:20).

By: Jeremiah Bass