Dear Fellow Believers in Christ, (Truly Knowing God is most important for everyone)
How does one truly know God? Do we know God through his creation an miraculous works? Do we know God through His character? Can we know God through the Word of God? How can we know God through the Spirit? Oh, can we really know God through prayer? Enough with being spiritual actors, living and playing empty spiritual games. Christians today really need to have a clear message on truly knowing God. The Father has been longing, and the Holy Spirit has been waiting to reveal the truth on knowing God -- an all important topic for everyone.
"I continually write to you, fathers, because you've known the one, who is forth from the beginning. I continually write to you, young servants, because you have victory already brought down upon the evil one. I once then wrote to you, little taught children, because you have already known the Father. I once then wrote to you, fathers, because you have already known the one who is forth from the beginning" (I John 2:13-14, author's translation).
First, Knowing God Through His Works Is Really Knowing What God Does
God is a miraculous God. Through Christ, God the Father created all things (Col. 1:16). We can certainly know God as Creator (Rom. 1:20). We can know Jesus of Nazareth as the Healer (Acts 10:38). We could study every work and miracle that Jesus of Nazareth performed while he was here on this earth. We could study every sermon that he gave to the multitudes and His disciples. At the end of the day we would know a lot about Jesus of Nazareth and much about the temporal works of the Spirit. Jesus of Nazareth was crucified. Jesus was raised as Lord and Christ, and now lives in every member of His many membered body. This is the true Jesus. Knowing God through His works is really only knowing about what God does. Know God through miraculous works, as precious as they may be, is only seeing where God was and what He has done. This is not truly knowing God – Himself.
Second, Knowing God's Character is Really Just Knowing About God
There is no question that God is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. That means that God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and able to be all-present anywhere and everywhere at the same time. We should know that God is totally holy, righteous, truthful, wise, faithful (Rev. 4:8,19:11; I Cor. 1:30). Much more, we know that God doesn't ever change His character (Mal. 3:6). We can know everyone of these glorious attributes and the character of Almighty God. While these are important things to know, simply knowing God's character is really just knowing about God. This is not truly knowing God – Himself. Do you not know that every devil in hell knows all of these things about God, but do they really know Him?
Third, Knowing God's Word Can Just Be Mere Head Knowledge About God
I certainly encourage people to study the Word and be good Bereans and search out the things they are taught to ensure they are of God (Acts 17:11). A major key is "rightly dividing" the Word of God (II Tim. 2:15), not mixing it all up in some sort of spiritual blender. This certainly may keep us from being led astray by "every wind of doctrine" (Eph. 4:14). As important as that is, having a clear handle on the Word of God, can just be mere head knowledge about God. We can be filled by knowledge from the old knowledge of good and evil. We can even carefully categorize our total knowledge about God. Paul said, that some profess to perceive and know (Gk: oida) God, yet in works they deny Him (Titus 1:16). Knowing God's Word, doesn't ensure that one truly knows God – Himself.
Fourth, Knowing God Through the Spirit Begins With the Revelation of God
A major breakthrough in knowing God comes through the Spirit connecting the Word of God and Christ in us together. The revelation of the Spirit of God opens the door to the deep things of God (I Cor. 2:10). The Holy Spirit has been sent with His primary objective to renew our mind (Rom. 12:2) and to reveal His Son in us (Gal. 1:16). We are transformed and liberated when Christ is revealed in us as our very life (Rom. 12:2; Gal. 2:20; Gal. 5:1). Spirit-revealed knowledge transforms us into His loving vessels that want to allow this marvelous Christ in us to be able to flow through us to others (Gal. 5:13; Eph. 4:16). We truly begin to know the Father, through Christ living in us and loving others through us.
Fifth, Knowing God Through Prayer Gives Understanding of God's Motives
Prayer is an important step in the process of knowing God. Prayer isn't to change the mind of God. God already knows all things, and is One who does not change (Mal. 3:6). Prayer actually helps us know ourselves. Prayer really helps us know what God intends on doing. Prayer helps us know with understanding the motives of God. Paul said, "For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ" (I Cor. 2:16). We don't know (Gk: ginosko) how to instruct the Lord through prayer or otherwise. However, we need to draw on the renewed mind, the mind of Christ. This is what Paul meant when he said, "that I may at intervals know Him" (Phil. 3:10). This is the supernatural experiential knowing (Gk: ginosko) of Christ that only the Holy Spirit can provide. This fellowship knowing is where we really begin to know Him. Prayer assists others and us in getting in tune with His Spirit (II Tim. 2:22-26).
Sixth, Knowing Christ Lives In You as You Your ONLY Life IS Knowing God
Our loving heavenly Father is so patient with us. Our Father "chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world" (Eph. 1:4). In the Father's mind the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world (Rev. 13:8), and was manifested to fulfill His death on the cross for us (I Pet. 1:20). We can now be Spiritually rebirthed by the Holy Spirit with the incorruptible Word being placed in us (I Pet. 1:23). From the Spiritual rebirthing and forward, Christ actually lives in us to provide us His eternal life and to fulfill the Father's eternal plan of knowing Him. We know our Father only through the Son who lives in us (Matt. 11:27). Let us not be any more spiritual actors, living and playing empty spiritual games. Let us know the living Christ, the living Lord of glory, who the Father has placed into us to fully know Him in love and fellowship with a rich and meaningful way. Knowing Christ truly lives in you as you (Gal. 2:20) as your ONLY life is truly knowing God.
Seventh, Communicating with the Father Through the Son IS Knowing God
John says, truly our fellowship is with the Father and with the Son (I Jn. 1:3). As fathers, we have known our Father from the beginning (I Jn. 2:13-14). We have heard the voice of the Holy Spirit, revealing His Son in us (Gal. 1:12,16). His Son's love has been perfected in us as He flows out of us in His love-for-others Spirit. In this, we truly know we have fellowship with Christ. We have heard the voice of the Son who has revealed the Father (Gal. 4:6; Matt. 11:27). Through Christ we now see and know the Father (John 14:6-7). "For the Son of God has come. . .that we may know the Father who is true; and we are in the Father who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life" (I Jn. 5:20).