Today we are continuing our study through Paul’s Letter To the Romans. We are still in chapter one and today we are looking at verse 20.
“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 people are without excuse.”
Romans is chock full of verses like this that on the surface are very straightforward but which spark a lot of questions that can take one off in a million directions. Here are a few questions that come to mind as I read this verse:
- What are the invisible qualities of God?
- What is eternal power?
- What makes God’s nature divine? And what does divine mean anyway?
- How does the creation make God’s invisible qualities visible?
- And if the creation reveals God’s invisible qualities how is it possible that almost 85% of the world is missing out on knowing God?
Well I might not be able to answer all of these questions to your satisfaction but over the next several days we will make a start of it.
Let’s begin with a review of what the verse is communicating up front.
God has built a message into the universe that points to Him. That message tells us what God is like and for that reason alone nobody will ever be able to say, “Nothing in my existence pointed me to God.” The very air we breathe and the very earth we tread speaks to us of God’s existence and His divine nature.
More on that tomorrow. If you have missed any of our discussions up until this point they can be found on THE ROAD THROUGH ROMANS PAGE.