Does Nature Fully Reveal God?

“He made all things, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3)

I aim to answer the friend who says: That God is revealed in nature. Well, God has indeed revealed his creative powers in nature — this is true — yet it is a statement that needs qualifying. 1

Nature reveals the existence of God, but how little it tells of His character.

Nature manifests His natural attributes—His power, His wisdom, His immutability, etc.; but what does nature say to us of His moral attributes—His justice, His holiness, His grace, His love?

Nature, as such, knows no mercy and shows no pity. If a blind saint unwittingly steps over the edge of a precipice, he meets with the same fate as if a vile murderer had been hurled over it.

If I break nature’s laws, no matter how sincere I may be, there is no escaping the penalty. Nature conceals as well as reveals God. To acknowledge and reveal God, beyond nature, we need his insight found here in the Word of God.

“He made all things, and without him was not anything made that was made” (John 1:3).

How this brings out, again, the absolute deity of Christ! Here creation is ascribed to Him, and none but God can create. Man, with all his boasting, is unable to bring into existence a single blade of grass. Observe that the whole of creation is here ascribed to Jesus Christ, the Word—” he made all things.”

1 Arthur Pink, Exposition Gospel of John