In the last post, I discussed the ways that man can know God – through general and special revelation. In this I discuss the nature of our knowledge of God.
Not only can God be known about, but he can be known on a personal basis. We distinguish between knowing about someone and actually knowing that person. For example, I know many facts about the President of the United States, but I do not know him. According to the Scriptures, we can go beyond a mere ascent to facts and enter into a personal knowledge of our Creator.
Thus saith the Lord, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. (Jeremiah 9:23-24)
God Himself tells us through the prophet that our glory in this life is the great privilege that we have of knowing God (if indeed we do know him). Here are other scriptures that confirm this truth:
- “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)
- “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant…And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.” (Heb 8:8-11)
- “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)
- “Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord…That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection” (Phil 3:8-10)
- “I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. …I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father.” (1 John 2:13)
These passages teach us that we can have a far greater knowledge of God than a simple acknowledgement of facts. We have the great privilege of really and truly knowing our Creator!