“The very light of nature in man, and the works of God, declare plainly that there is a God; but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvation.” Westminster Larger Catechism q2.
Thinking the discussion on the previous post has got a bit unwieldy, I’m putting this out instead. (And how do folks like the ‘threaded’ comments? Too many levels of replies? Is it useful at all?)
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies, the day, the night – there is no tongue nor speech to which their voice does not extend. There’s no excuse for not seeing it, or not hearing it – the evidence not only of his being but his glory. (There is a reason for not recognising it, to be found in deepest darkest human likes and dislikes, but that’s not an excuse.)
But the most pressing concern ultimately is not to know the Creator, but to find a Saviour. So when it comes to an answer for how to convert the soul, and make the simple wise, and enlighten the eyes, and be cleansed from secret faults — the heavens and the earth and the workings of providence (and the moral law itself) – band together to say in chorus, It is not in me.
God the Father loved sinners in a past eternity and God the Son loved sinners and God the Holy Spirit loved sinners, and Christ came to die a vicarious atoning death and rose again, and the Spirit comes from Christ now to apply the salvation that Christ accomplished on Calvary. All of which is essential to know to be saved. None of which can be reliably known without revelation now inscripturated.
Which is why conversion and enlightenment and cleansing are attributed to: the law of the Lord, the testimony of the Lord, the statutes of the Lord, the commandment of the Lord, the fear of the Lord, the judgments of the Lord, the words of his mouth.
They are more to be desired than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover, by them one is warned, and in keeping of them there is great reward. When the Spirit takes things in hand, the ability is in the holy scriptures to make anyone wise to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.