The one and only true God is Spirit. He is eternal. He is without beginning or end. He is the source of all that exists in the universe, including its natural laws. He is the source of eternal life. Beside Him there is none else. Isaiah 45:22
God is one God in three distinct persons. He is Father. He is also Son and He is the Holy Spirit. All three persons are eternal and equal in power and glory. In fact God the Son is the Creator we learn in John 1, Colossians 1, Hebrews 1 and Revelation 1
True religion is all about man knowing his Creator, being properly related to Him and glorifying Him. “This is life eternal, that they might know Thee, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” John 17:3
Only as we know God, can we properly understand His creation, including ourselves. Only as we know God, and only as we have the truth of God can we properly worship and glorify Him. and have a proper perspective and philosophy of life. “God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.” John 4:24
OUR INCOMPREHENSIBLE GOD
However, God is incomprehensible. No matter how much or how long we scrutinize Him by reading and meditating on His Word, the Bible, or by reading the works of theologians; we can never fully understand Him and His ways. The Apostle Paul, after dealing with deep truths of God that Bible scholars have wrestled with and differed over for centuries; concludes with a doxology of worship in Romans 11:33-36 that basically resigns us to the fact that the full knowledge of God is beyond man’s ability to grasp.
Isaiah wrote this same truth in Isaiah 55:8-9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, My ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
At the same time, Isaiah pleads with us in verse 6-7 to seek the Lord while He may be found and call on Him while He is near. and forsake our unrighteous thoughts and ways for He will have mercy on us and abundantly pardon.
It is the challenge and deepest desire and privilege of every true Christian to pursue the knowledge of God throughout his life as Paul did, Philippians 3:8-15.
THE ONLY SOURCE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD
Though we can learn much about God through observation of His creation; the full and final authority for our knowledge of God is found only in knowing Jesus through His Word, the Bible. Our limited and faulty understanding of science, must be evaluated and judged by the Bible. We must never attempt to judge God’s Word by our minds; nor should we attempt to test Him with our so-called scientific methods. We end up in error and confusion when we test our knowledge of God by our limited and faulty observations of science or base our knowledge of God on the pronouncements of scientists, theologians, preachers, popes or church councils, who are all but mere fallible men.
THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD A MORAL ISSUE
Since God is a moral being, the knowledge of God is a moral issue more than an intellectual issue. No matter how intellectual one is, he cannot know God unless he first submits himself to God as His moral judge. Read Paul’s sermon to the Athenians on this topic in Acts 17:22-34
The bad news is that all humanity has fallen short of God’s perfect moral standards, including you and me. Matthew 5:48, Romans 3:10,23
Because of our sins, we stand condemned under the wrath of God and must suffer eternal death in hell. Ezekiel 18:4, Romans 6:23 Revelation 20:11-15
Paul in Romans 1:16-32 traces the course of one’s life who rejects his knowledge of God. See also Proverbs 13:15 for the result of rejecting God.
THE MOST AMAZING FACT IN HUMAN HISTORY
The most amazing fact in human history is that God in His love for sinful man, came down to this earth as a man, The Lord Jesus, to make Himself known to man. Those who saw Jesus saw God in human flesh. Then God in human flesh willingly went to the cross to endure the wrath of God that we deserved.
The Good News of the Gospel is that God poured out His wrath that we deserved for our sins, on His only begotten, sinless Son, Jesus. He did this by allowing evil men to crucify Him. Then God showed that He was satisfied with His Son’s sacrifice for our sins by raising Him from the dead three days later. Isaiah 53:5-6, Acts 2, Romans 4:25, II Corinthians 5:21
Only when we approach God as our moral judge, recognizing ourselves condemned by our transgression of His moral Laws, are we ready to receive His salvation. Only as we receive Jesus as the propitiation for our sins, is His wrath towards us appeased and we are brought into a loving, intimate relationship with Him. Romans 3:23-28 I John 2:1-2. I John 4:10
Though God is Spirit and not flesh, God the Son, in order to fully identify with us and die for our sins, humbly left Heaven and took on human flesh, by being conceived of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the virgin Mary and being born as a human baby who was fully human and yet never ceased to be fully God. Philippians 2:5-11 describes this incredible journey from Heaven to earth and back to Heaven again.
Do you have a personal relationship with God? Do you know peace with God? Read Romans 5 to learn of the wonderful life that awaits those who put their trust in Christ. The only way that we sinners can have that relationship is to admit we are sinners and trust in Christ who shed His blood for our sins and rose again for our justification.
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