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God Revealed

John of Damascus | June 4

The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law. —Deuteronomy 29:29

“Knowing everything and providing what is beneficial for each person, God revealed what was profitable for us to know.”

Face to Face (Exodus 33:11): Cornelius Monsma

No one has seen God at any time. But the Only-begotten Son, who is in the Father’s heart, is indescribable and incomprehensible…. He didn’t leave us in absolute ignorance, however. He implanted evidence of His existence into nature. Creation, its maintenance, and its operation proclaim the majesty of God’s nature. Moreover, He disclosed knowledge of Himself to us that was possible for us to understand. First through the Law and the prophets and later by His Only-begotten Son, our Lord, God, and Savior Jesus Christ. Therefore, everything the Law, prophets, apostles and evangelists have given us we receive, know, and honor. We don’t seek anything beyond them. For God, being good, is the cause of all good. He isn’t subject to envy or any passion. Envy is far removed from the Divine nature, for it is pas­sionless and good. Therefore, know­ing everything and providing what is beneficial for each person, God revealed what was profitable for us to know. What we couldn’t bear, however, He kept secret. Let us be sat­isfied with these things. Let us live by them, and not remove eternal boundaries or go beyond divine tra­dition.

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