Acts 17:24-25, “The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything.“
These words tell us that the religion of the Bible is a religion in which God takes the initiative. God’s Word tells us that He, the Creator God, is a God who speaks and reveals Himself to His creatures.
We can never know God in the fullness of His being and glory, but because God has spoken to us we can truly and rightly know Him as He is. Yet, not only has God spoken to us, but God has also taken action to redeem us and make us His people.
This is fitting and meets our two greatest needs: ignorance and sinfulness. Therefore, left to ourselves, we are both ignorant about God and sinful in relation to God. John Stott says, “This is why it isn’t enough for God simply to reveal Himself to us and scatter our ignorance; He must also take action to save us from our sins.”