Class #3: With natural knowledge, we know that God exists, but we don’t know who that true God is. We know that God punishes wrong and demands righteousness, but we don’t know of His will toward us. Natural knowledge shows us our great lack and leaves us with unending doubt.
The revealed knowledge of God’s Word provides us a clear testimony from God–where He reveals Himself and His will. We learn of the Triune God and the reconciling work of His Son, Jesus Christ. God wills that we would believe in His Son and in this way worship and praise the Father. Through the hearing of God’s Word, faith is created. Justified by faith in Jesus Christ we know without a doubt that we are forgiven and receive eternal life. God has commanded that His Church separate true worship from false worship. Finally, the Word teaches us to subordinate natural knowledge under revealed knowledge.
Handout: God wills to be