Chapter 7

Knowing God

Aprofessor who realized that because he had clashed with certain leaders he would never receive academic advancement said to J. I. Packer, “It doesn’t matter, for I’ve known God and they haven’t.” To Muslims and many others this sounds blasphemous. They think of God as so great and so different from us that all we can expect to do is know His will and surrender to Him the best we can.

Yes, God is so different from us and so awesomely great that we cannot comprehend Him fully. He is incomprehensible. But He is knowable!

Why? Because He has reached down to us. He made Himself known to people during past ages by supernatural appearances and audible speech. Then about 2,000 years ago, He made Himself known in the Person of Jesus Christ. Hebrews 1:2 tells us that “in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son” (NIV).

You can know God by looking to Jesus and believing on Him. Read the portrait of Him in the Gospels. Pay attention to His words. Set yourself to obey Him. Jesus promised,

“If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether My teaching comes from God or whether I speak on My own” (Jn. 7:17 NIV).

When you see that He is indeed “the way, the truth, and the life” (Jn. 14:6) and receive Him as your Savior, you will become God’s child (Jn. 1:12). Before long, you too will be able to say, “I have come to know God.”

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