Today I want to take us into the New Testament and the Gospels where we will further develop this sequence that the Acts of God Reveal the Nature of God . Many of you are already familiar with Thomas, one of Jesus’ followers and the man with the most doubt (at least as far as the Scriptures tell us). Thomas was there when Jesus taught on a very important truth, which we will use in building our case that God reveals himself to us.
Listen to Jesus’ significant teaching about his own mission in Matthew 11.27.
“All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”
Jesus is teaching that he (the Son) knows the Father & the Father knows him (the Son). It looks like this: Father ←---→ Son.
But then Jesus adds this great news: “and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” The complete picture looks like this:
Father ←---→ Son
+ }Through the Holy Sprit
God the Father reveals himself to the Son Jesus Christ. And the Son Jesus Christ reveals the Father to us. Famous theologian Karl Barth puts it this way: The revealing God reveals Himself in the event of revelation (Jesus’ coming) and this has an effect on human persons (when the Holy Spirit comes to live in us). This is a Trinitarian view of our sequence: The Acts of God Reveal the Nature of God.
Thomas understands the first two parts. He knows God the Father knows the Son and the Son knows the Father, but this is where it ends for Thomas. However, read John 20:24-28. Verse 28 is the key. In verse 28 Thomas exclaims, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas believes for himself. When Thomas puts his hands where the nails were the revelation takes effect on his life. It impacts him and changes him forever. So once again, God takes the initiative, through Christ, and has mercy and compassion on Thomas. Before Jesus ascends into Heaven he chooses to reveal himself again to Thomas. What does this tell us about God, through Christ, and in the Spirit? It tells us that God is on the move towards us and to all people, even people who doubt he exists and is worthy of their followership. Jesus desires that none should die, but that all should live through him!