KNOWING GOD
Thursday, June 01, 2017
  2 Chronicles 15-16 | John 12:27-50

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever! Amen.” —2 Peter 3:18

When we first meet someone we come to know them in two primary ways: firstly, by observation and secondly, by revelation in what they choose to reveal about ?themselves. These two methods are also how we first come to know God.

David gives us a beautiful rendering of creation in which we come to know something about God through observation. Psalm 19:1-4 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Seven times within these verses David talks about creation declaring, speaking and displaying God’s glory. Paul also writes, “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made…” (Romans 1:20).

Though we see God revealed in creation, we may still question: What kind of God is He? Is He merciful, patient, kind and loving? We cannot know these things by observing His creation, but what we can know about God is dependent upon what He chooses to reveal in Scripture. There are both communicable attributes of God, which He works in us by the indwelling of His Spirit, and non-communicable attributes that are His alone.

God’s non-communicable attributes include His omnipotence (all-powerful), omniscience (all-knowing), omnipresence (in all places at all times), immutability (unchanging), His sovereignty over all things and His eternal nature, having no beginning and no end. Among his communicable attributes are the fruit of the Spirit—His love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22). Most importantly, God has revealed Himself through His Son, described by the writer of Hebrews as “...the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being” (1:3).

With all that God has revealed about Himself in Scripture there are still things that are mystifying. Because He is God we cannot reduce Him to an entity we fully understand. Our finite minds will never comprehend the infinite, but it is essential we come to know what God reveals to us in His word. The Bible is the only revelation God gives of Himself and His Son—how they operate, what He requires of us and how we are to live. The mysteries remain because it is in this place of incomprehensible awe that many of us seek God and in the Bible we not only find Him, but we come to know Him.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, I thank You for what You have revealed about Yourself in Scripture and am equally thankful for the mysteries that keep me in awe of You.


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