19because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 

 

  • That which is known about God EVIDENT (manifest, visible) WITHIN THEM
    • Every human being knows about God - more in vs 20
    • “within them” something about our the stamp of God’s own nature upon the human race
  • God MADE it evident to them - God is a God who REVEALS Himself
    • The Naked God

 

20For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternalpower and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 

 

  • Creation is God’s self-expression - “what has been made” the greek word is “poiema” which is where we get our word “poem” 
    • invisible attributes
      • the things which are eternally true about God
      • those dimensions of character and personality that make God - God - Here is a list from “the Knowledge of the Holy"
        • The self existence of God - He is the "I AM"
        • The Self sufficiency of God - Psalm 50:12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world and its fullness are mine."
        • The Eternality of God - He is outside of time - he is every when.
        • God’s infinitude - Everything God is He is that infinitely
        • The Immutability of God  - He does not change
        • The Divine Omniscience - he knows everything - about all times and places
        • The Wisdom of God - he understands everything - he knows HOW it all works
        • The Divine Transcendence - he is beyond everything - nothing compares with him
        • God’s Omnipresence - he is everywhere all the time
        • The Faithfulness of God - He is always like himself - he never forgets or goes back on a promise
        • The Goodness of God - He is always good
        • The Justice of God - he is always just - that is not the same thing as “fair"
        • The Mercy of God - He delights in NOT doling out judgment
        • The Grace of God - He loves to give to those who do not deserve and cannot earn
        • The Love of God - He is wildly passionate about YOU to all of His extremes
        • The Holiness of God - He is perfectly holy and utterly without sin
        • The sovereignty of God - He is in control of all things all the time
    • eternal power
    • divine nature
      • He is God and WE are not
      • consider the gap between the fruit fly and the Arch Angel - the gap between God and the Arch Angel is infinitely larger than that.
  • Understood through what has been made
    • creation makes these things clear to us
    • our OWN EXISTENCE makes these things clear to us
  • They are WITHOUT EXCUSE
    • you were built with an internal compass pointing you back to God
    • The ONLY thing that keeps us from being just like God is our own stubborn choice to ignore who and what we are.

 

 

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