Discover The Will Of God For You (2)
TRUE worth consists in committing ourselves to the Lord God and His standards and in allowing Him to fill us with His Holy Spirit.
How Do You Know God?
We Know God Through His Word
“…the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.” (Dan 11:32b)
One of the most vital teachings of the scripture is that God can be known. The highest knowledge to which men and women can attain is a personal knowledge of God (Jer. 9:24). People do not naturally possess this knowledge (Rom. 3:10,11), even though they know that He exists (Ps. 14:1; Rom. 1:19,20). Knowing that God exists is not the same as knowing God personally, just as knowing about the president of your country does not mean that you necessarily know him personally. This knowledge of God is crucial, however, since to know God personally is to be saved and have eternal life (John 17:3). People should rejoice in the fact that God earnestly wants them to attain this knowledge. That is why He has spoken to us in His Word, revealing Himself and disclosing the means by which we may know Him. Note also that the scriptures – the Holy Bible – is the “written Word of God;” and Jesus Christ is the Word in person — the Word made flesh (John 1:1,14) — the incarnate Word of God.
While God surely can be known, there is always more to be learned about Him. There are many scriptures, which teach that our knowledge of God is partial. It is said to be “too wonderful,” (Ps 139:6). “Unsearchable” (Ps. 145:3; Rom. 11:33), and “infinite” (Ps 147:5). Since our knowledge of God is incomplete, we must increase it through spiritual growth. Paul, for example, prays to know God better (Phil. 3:10). We are even commanded to grow in the knowledge of Christ (2Pet. 3:18). The development of one’s intimate knowledge of God constitutes one of the greatest delights of the Christian life.
The Bible also reveals that God cannot be known personally apart from His Word. It contains the gospel, which must be believed (Eph. 1:13). And the gospel brings forth saving faith in itself (Rom. 10:17). The gospel can, therefore, be called “the power of God to salvation” (Rom. 1:16). The part that the scriptures and the gospel contained within them play in bringing men to know God is described in three important illustrations: the gospel is the agent of the new birth (James 1:18), that is, it is like the implanted seed without which the conception of new life cannot occur; it is also a cleansing agent through which God gives the believing sinner a spiritual bath that results in salvation (Eph. 5:26); the Scriptures are like an educator bringing the wisdom that leads to salvation (2Tim. 3:15).
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