Chapter Seventeen

TO KNOW GOD

Hosea 6:3:
"So let us know, let us press on to
know the LORD.
His going forth is as certain as the
dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth."

Can we know that God exists? Can we know Him?
Romans 1:19, 20:
because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

The creation is empirical data that you can see. You can understand. You can know about God from creation:
1. His invisible attributes.
2. His eternal power.
3. His divine nature.

These are evident from looking at creation. Yes, we can know about God, and know that God exists. Atheists are without excuse. God's invisible attributes, His eternal power, and His divine nature are clearly seen.

Psalm 19:1:
The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.

Isaiah 6:3:
. . .The whole earth is full of His glory."

Psalm 100:3:
Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

You can refuse to have God in your knowledge (Rom. 1:28). But you are without excuse.

To Know God Read the Bible, His Word

How can we know God? He has revealed Himself in His word, the Bible. He has told us about Himself. If you want to know God, read and study the Bible. How do we know that the Bible is the word of God? Detailed prophecies, which have been fulfilled and are being fulfilled in history give us the empirical proof that the Bible is what it claims to be: the word spoken by God through His prophets and apostles.

The prophecies about Israel foretold the history of Israel. These prophecies have been fulfilled in detail in history. This is a way of knowing that God exists and that He is the LORD, which in Hebrew is YEHOWAH (JEHOVAH).
Ezekiel 36:38:
. . .Then they will know that I am the LORD." (See also Ezekiel 36:36; 37:28; 39:28.)

You can read the prophecies for yourself and read their fulfillment in history. You can also see their fulfillment by visiting Israel, Babylon, Tyre and Egypt. These are empirical data, proof that God exists and that He has spoken through His prophets, His Messiah, and apostles.

You can learn to know God by reading how He dealt with people in history, which is recorded in the Bible.

Psalm 9:16:
The LORD has made Himself known;
He has executed judgment . . .

Exodus 14:30:
Thus the LORD saved Israel
that day from the hand of the Egyptians,
and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the
seashore.

Also, God has told us about Himself in the Bible. He has revealed Himself. For example let us read:

Exodus 3:14:
And God said to Moses,
"I AM WHO I AM"; and He said,
"Thus you shall say to the sons of
Israel, `I AM has sent me to you.'"

Deuteronomy 6:4:
"Hear, O Israel!
The LORD is our God, the
LORD is one!

Isaiah 44:6:
"Thus says the LORD the King of Israel
And his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts:
I am the first and I am the last,
And there is no God besides Me.

Read the Bible and God will tell you about Himself.
Psalm 46:10:
Be still, and know that I am God: I will
be exalted among the heathen, I will be
exalted in the earth.
(KJV)

God Has Spoken to us

God said to Moses:
Deuteronomy 18:18:
I will raise up a prophet from among their countrymen like you, and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.

You can ask who is this prophet like Moses that has also given us the word of God? Jeremiah the prophet foretold that there would be a New Covenant, as recorded in Jeremiah 31:31. God gave the law through Moses, the Old Covenant. God has given the New Covenant through the prophet like Moses, Messiah, Jesus. Jeremiah foretold that during the New Covenant time we would know God.

Jeremiah 31:34:
"And they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying, `Know the LORD' for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them," declares the LORD, "for I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more."

God has spoken to us through His Son:
Hebrews 1:1, 2:
God . . . in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world.

The Word Became Flesh, Know Him, Know God

John 1:1:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:14:
And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

John 1:18:
No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten God, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him.

Messiah came to this world, as Isaiah foretold in 7:14, "God with us." Isaiah the prophet also foretold that He would be called, "Mighty God." Isaiah 9:6. Messiah not only brought us the New Covenant, but He also is God with us. Get to know Jesus. Jesus said:
John 14:7-11:
"If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him." . . . (See also John 8:19; 12:44, 45.)

Jesus told His apostles about His death and that they would behold Him. Jesus said:
John 14:20:
"In that day you shall know that I am in My Father and you in Me, and I in you.

Yes, Jesus was raised from the dead and is alive. He showed Himself to His apostles. We have the historical testimonies of the eyewitnesses. The first Christians were Jews. Many who had crucified Jesus were converted by the resurrection. The beginning of the congregation of Messiah in Jerusalem is a witness to you.

The Faithful Christian Knows That He Knows God

Faithful Christians are examples to you. They have experienced life in Messiah, the forgiveness of their sins, fellowship with God and the Holy Spirit, the providence of God and answered prayers. John 7:17.

1 John 3:24:
And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us. (See also 1 John 4:13.)

1 John 5:10:
The one who believes in the Son of God has the witness in himself; the one who does not believe God has made Him a liar, because he has not believed in the witness that God has borne concerning His Son. And the witness is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son.

1 John 2:3:
And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

Yes, Christians stand as witnesses to you of what God has done with them.

Acts 2:36, 38:
"Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made Him both Lord and Christ--this Jesus whom you crucified.". . .And Peter said to them, "Repent, and let each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Germaine Lockwood

Copyright ©1996 by Germaine Charles Lockwood. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Scripture quotations in this work, unless otherwise indicated, are from The New American Standard Bible, Copyright ©1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Scripture quotations from The New King James Bible (NKJB), Copyright ©1979,1980,1982, Thomas Nelson Inc., Nashville, TN. Used by permission.

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