God’s General Revelation – No one has an excuse
“But what of those who have never heard of the Gospel? What about those who have never even known that He could exist?”
God’s presence is everywhere within His creation. It makes sense, really – if you were to paint a portrait, no matter how good it is – you’re going to leave some sign that you were there, be it some little signature you leave behind, or perhaps, just how good or bad of a painting it is overall. Creation is much the same way, just as you can clearly identify a Dutch Master or a Warhol, often with a quick glance. Paul shares this insight with us in : “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” [ESV]
You cannot look upon creation and not see the hand of God. You may not recognize it as such, immediately or ever, but it remains the case that even “the heavens declare the Glory of God” [, ESV]. God’s fingerprints are everywhere. When an unbeliever contemplates a moral decision, when he is faced with a dilemma of right versus wrong, he is witnessing proof of God, and the very law within him. (see ) The coherence and natural order of the world, of the solar system, of the very universe shows us that there was care and intentional, intelligent design. The very creation in which you currently reside resounds with so much evidence of a God, that to deny Him is pure arrogance, not unlike standing before van Gogh and telling him that he did not paint Starry Night.
20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (ESV)
19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God,
and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (ESV)
16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus. (ESV)