How Can I Know God?

Tract by C.Jay Engel

According to God’s Word, man can actually know God.  This bears heavily on the deep philosophical and theological topics discussed on this site, and the simple troubles and trials of daily life.  In fact, millenia ago, the living God spoke through the prophet Hosea accusing His people for not knowing Him.  He said:

“…the LORD has a controversy with the inhabitants of the land.  There is no faithfulness or steadfast love, and no knowledge of God in the land.” Hos 4:1-2

God lamented saying

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” v. 6

There is a giant barrier between man and God that is so great that we can not know hardly anything about Him on our own.  This barrier is our sin.  We are blind because of sin.  God even has likened us to physically dead people because of our spiritual deadness (Col 2:13, Ez 37).  God is perfectly good and he declares that no evil goes unpunished.  Not only does God accuse us for not knowing Him, He declares that we are deserving of His everlasting wrath for our sins (Romans 1:18-32Romans 3:10-20).  We can’t be forgiven by doing good things, and we can’t know God because we are spiritually dead.  But God made a way for us to be saved through belief in Him.  He demonstrated His love for us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith.” Romans 3:21-25

His wrath against believers was satisfied through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.  Jesus, God’s Son, came to earth in flesh and lived the perfect sinless life that we have failed to live.  He bore God’s wrath on the cross for all who believe.  After 3 days in the tomb, God raised Him from the dead and He is now alive.  If the Holy Spirit grants you the knowledge of this gospel, you will have everlasting fellowship with God and be saved from your sins.

Contrary to popular religious opinion, believing on Christ is not a feeling, and therefore some people may feel different when they believe and some don’t.  The more important thing is that you continually ask God to reveal His Truth to your mind.  You may be deceived into thinking that you have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, but you actually misunderstood Christ and you believe a lie.  Press on and let nothing stop you from studying His Word and simply asking God to reveal Himself to you.  Not that you may see Him with your literal eyes but that, in “seeing” Him in your mind (i.e. understanding Him), you may believe in the One True God; the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  That in believing the Truth, you may have the very mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16).  God does not turn away the person who seeks Him (Acts 17:27Deut 4:29Jer 29:13)

As believers we are changed into the likeness of Christ (i.e. sanctified) through the Truth (Jn 17:17).  2 Peter 1:1-13 teaches that this starts with knowing God better.  God has actually given us all things pertaining to life and godliness through knowledge of Him.  This is a radical concept in today’s climate of post-modernism and irrationalism, where any claim to knowledge is ruled out as arrogant bigotry.  When we know God, the Spirit changes our values so that we grow to love Him with our heart.  We begin to love the way God does so, as John observes (1 Jn 4:12), no one has ever seen God but when we love, God’s values are shown because love is God abiding in us.  God is love.  If we love God, we will keep His commandments.  If we say that we never fail, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. But,

9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn 1:9)

So then, in accordance with Hosea (6:3), “let us press on to know the Lord.”  And let us fulfill the desire of Paul:

9 And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, 10 so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. 11 May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, 12 giving thanksd to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins” Col 1:9-14

May you know God and may we all help each other know Him more until we see Him.

Originally Published at: www.scripturalism.com/how-can-i-know-god

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