How To Know God

How does one know the unknowable? Theologians have described God as incomprehensible, which means we cannot know him exhaustively. If we are going to know God at all, then we are dependent on him to reveal himself to us. He must take the initiative.

The Scripture tells us that God has revealed himself in nature (Rom 1:19-20). When we admire a sunset or marvel at the intricacies of the human body, the knowledge of God’s existence confronts us. However, this general knowledge is not sufficient to give us a personal and saving knowledge of God. We need a more specialized revelation which we find in his Word (Rom 10:17). In addition to Creation and Scripture, God has also revealed himself definitively in his Son Jesus Christ. (Heb 1:1-2)

The only way we can move from a general knowledge of God (which all mankind possesses even if they reject such knowledge by evil deeds) to a personal, relational knowledge is to obtain eternal life. Jesus said in John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”

Eternal life and the personal knowledge of God are inseparable. You cannot have one without the other. Eternal life and the knowledge of God are available through Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:36)

If you desire to know God and have eternal life, then you must know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our sin has separated us from God. By it we have merited his wrath and displeasure. Our only hope is to place our trust and reliance in Christ whose sacrificial death has paved the way for us to be reconciled to God. It is through Christ’s death that we can have forgiveness of sins.

Jesus testifies in John 14:6, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The Apostle Peter said in Acts 4:12, “There is salvation in no one else [but Jesus Christ], for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Do you want to know God? Then come to Christ and find rest for your soul. No one can say that he has been at Christ’s door and been denied. Jesus said, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt 11:28-30)

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