One of the most fundamental truths that Christianity teaches is that you can know God. Think about that for a minute. You can know God. You can have a personal relationship with the One who created the universe. You can connect with the One who holds all things together. You can meet the one seated on heaven’s throne. You can experience intimacy and relationship with the very One who knitted you together in your mother’s womb.
You can know God.
It’s an incredible truth that will change your life forever.
How is this possible? It’s possible because God has made Himself known.
Here are three ways He has done that.
God has revealed Himself through creation.
The first way God has revealed Himself is through the created world.
The Bible says that in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Everything that exists, both visible and invisible, was created by the powerful word of God.
Genesis chapter one is an incredible passage of Scripture. It hearkens all the way back to the beginning. It pulls back the curtain of the amphitheater of creation. It gives us a glimpse at how the world as we know it came to be.
Over and over again God speaks and things that formerly did not exist spring forth into existence. And each time God speaks something new into existence, He evaluates His creation, and He makes a declaration. He says, “It is good.”
That’s something worth taking note of.
What does it mean that God says the light is good or that the sky is good?
It means that it accurately reflects God’s glory.
That’s why the psalmist can write, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1).
The truth is all of creation bears witness to the good character of God.
Paul writes about this in the New Testament when he says,
“His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made” (Romans 1:20).
He goes on to say that we have no excuse for being ignorant of God’s existence because God has clearly revealed Himself in the created world.
If you’ve ever stood on the top of a mountain, or looked out from the deck of a cruise ship at the vastness of the ocean, or if you’ve ever been out in the country and stared upward into the starry night sky, then you know what it’s like to experience this overwhelming sense of glory–that there is something or Someone out there far greater than yourself.
When you experience that, you are experiencing the greatness of the glory of God revealed in the things that He has made.
But this is the first way that God reveals Himself. It’s enough for us to know that He exists, but not enough for us to know Him personally.
It’s kind of like the difference in knowing of someone and really knowing them. We need more.
And God has given us more.
God Has Revealed Himself in the Scriptures
God has revealed Himself in a more specific way, in a way that communicates who He is and what He desires more completely. And He has done this through the words of Scripture.
This is the second way God has revealed Himself.
The Bible says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God” (2 Timothy 3:16).
When you read your Bible, you’re not just reading some ancient book or some religious manifesto, you are reading the very words of God.
“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21).
The Bible is an extraordinary book. It is God’s own testimony about who He is, about what He’s like, and about how you and I can have a personal relationship with Him.
You can know God because God has made Himself known to us in the Scriptures.
But there is more.
God Has Revealed Himself in Jesus Christ
God has done more than just reveal Himself in creation. He has done more than just make Himself known through His Book. He has come to us in the flesh in the person of Jesus Christ.
“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature” (Hebrews 1:1-3).
God is a God who reveals Himself. And from the beginning He has been making Himself known. He did it through prophets. He did it through the testimony of angels and in dreams and visions. He did it in many different ways. But the fullest and final revelation of Himself came in the person of Jesus Christ.
The Bible says, “He is the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15).
Do you want to know what God is like? Look at Jesus. Do you want to know if God cares? Look at Jesus. Do you want to know if God loves you? Look at Jesus.
Jesus is God in the flesh. He is God with us.
And the Bible says that Jesus lived a perfect life and died a perfect death as a sacrifice for sin. And it says that He was raised from the dead on the third day so that you and I could be reconciled to God by faith in Him.
“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4).
You can know God. You can see His power and glory in the things He has made. You can read about His character and grace in His Book. And you can see His unstoppable, unfailing love in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
You can know God.
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