Monday, April 7, 2008

What about the people who have never heard of Jesus?

How many of you have heard this question or asked it? I know I have. What about the pygmy that lives in the remotest section of the African jungle?
Is the Bible silent on this? Nope. Let's look...
"...since what may be known about God is made plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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 all men are without excuse."
Romans 1:19,20

Let's break this down and think about it...
is made plain to them- The original Greek word for plain is phaneros
apparent, manifest, evident, known 2) manifest i.e to be plainly recognised or known
God is saying that he will he will make Himself known and apparent to everyone.

How will He make himself plain to everyone?

because God has made it plain to them
The original greek word here is...
phaneroĊ-verb tense
1) to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way
a) make actual and visible, realised
b) to make known by teaching
c) to become manifest, be made known
d) of a person
1) expose to view, make manifest, to show one's self, appear
e) to become known, to be plainly recognised, thoroughly understood
1) who and what one is

How fun is studying the Bible? I am so excited as I type on the other side of the computer!! God's Word is truly unsearchable.

So, what does all this mean? It means that God WILL REVEAL Himself to every single person on the planet because He sent His Son to die for their sins so that they could know His LOVE! Even the pygmy in Africa. He can reveal Himself to them through so many different ways. Creation, Missionaries, Dreams, Visions, Angels, or maybe the Bible that has been translated into their language by Wycliffe. If He was willing to die for them on the cross, don't you think He is able to reach them? God is so much bigger than we are. The pygmies are probably having a Bible Study right now!

So that all men are without excuse. (period- don't think I need to go into the Greek on this one.)

God is so good. He is a just God- slow to anger and abounding in love!!
"Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord."
Philippians 2:9-11


April said...

Thanks Kay, I mean Stephanie!! :)
That was wonderful. I love to think that the Pygmies in Africa are having a Bible study right now!

Kay Arthur will be calling you to fill in the next time she is out! :)

Anna said...

LOLOLOL, that was an awesome blog post!!! But the Pygmy thing is still making me giggle!
I love being able to catch up with you in this way! I love ya!