Secrets of the Lord

by Stephen F. Olford

Thought: Our God, by the very nature of His being and attributes, is a self-revealing Deity. He has revealed Himself in the creation around us (Rom. 1:20). He has revealed Himself by the conscience within us (Rom. 2:14,15), and He has revealed Himself in the Christ above us. Jesus boldly declared, "He who has seen me has seen the Father" (John 14:9).  So, we are led to ask, what is the purpose of revelation?  Our text helps us in this regard.

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1. Revelation Reveals Truth. "The things revealed belong to us and our children" (v. 29). For the people of God, these are detailed in the inerrant Word we call the Holy Scriptures. The immediate context of Deuteronomy, chapter 30 and following, are a classic example. But, to state the matter succinctly, the Bible is God's revelation to us concerning all matters of faith and practice for life and godliness this side of heaven!

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2. Revelation Conceals Truth. "The secret ways belong to God" (v. 29). There are paradoxes and puzzles in God's Word that cannot be resolved finally until we get to Glory. There are mysteries that can only be known in part this side of heaven (1 Cor. 13:9-13, 2 Pet. 3:15,16).                     

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3. Revelation Distills Truth. "The things which are revealed belong to us, and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deut. 29:29). The verb "distills" means "to extract the essence of." The truth that we need to be saved, sanctified, and glorified is clear and plain and calls for unrelenting obedience by us. Indeed, it is a principle in the revealed word of God that only the truth that is obeyed yields further revelation and blessing (Heb. 4:2).

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Thrust:                     "Truth received brings light,

                          Truth refused brings night."

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