The God We Can Know

For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ?To the unknown god.? What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you (Acts 17.23).

The Athenians worshiped an unknown God.? But Paul proclaimed to them the mind-blowing news that the High and Holy One can be known.

God so desires that we know him he sent Jesus to reveal him to us:

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known (John 1:18).

Because God is infinite, there will always be new vistas of his beauty and majesty to ravish our hearts.? After 10,000 ages in heaven, there will still be inexhaustible marvels of Jesus to explore.? We?ll never come to an end of delight!? And with each fresh revelation of the glory of God in the face of Christ, we?ll pour out fresh waves of worship and love to him.

Though much of God is shrouded in mystery, he?s given us much solid knowledge of himself.? Think about all we know of him through his Word: he?s three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Spirit; he?s infinite, holy, eternal, sovereign,? all-knowing, omnipresent, just, loving, good, merciful, faithful, kind and he never changes.? How would we survive the storms of life without this bedrock knowledge of our God?

But we don’t simply know facts about God, we can know him personally.? The Lord of glory lays bare his thoughts, joys, longings, griefs and sorrows with us.? He? whispers to us, ?This is the way you should go,? and even leaks his plans for the future to us.

He reveals himself to us through his love letter, the Bible.? He communes with us when we?re praying and singing songs to him.? He speaks to us through preaching and teaching and prophecy and books and the encouraging words of our brothers and sisters.

Isn?t it amazing that our Creator delights in our knowing him?

photo by santa claus…!!!:)

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I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I’ve written a lot of worship songs. I also like to paint.

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  1. Wendy says

    What a great reminder! I think many of my struggles stem from the fact that I do not fully understand (or put into working knowledge) the character of God. But remembering that He has given me all that I need to know Him and that He desires for me to know Him encourage me to stop and remember who He is and to learn more about who He is. What a blessing that we do not have to worship an unknown god. We are allowed to worship our loving and caring Heavenly Father, the creator of the universe. And we can know Him in so many ways. That is a gift that I take for granted.

  2. says

    “he?s infinite, holy, eternal, sovereign, all-knowing, omnipresent, just, loving, good, merciful, faithful, kind and he never changes.”

    its amazing to think that i could spend the rest of my life on those words alone and never even ever get to the depths of it. thanks yet again, Mark for the reminder. :)

  3. says

    Hey Mark!
    Yet again, another very encouraging post!
    It truly is humbling and inspiring to know that we as undeserving sinners get to be in a relationship with the God of the universe through Jesus! what an amazing thought! I am so very thankful for that! I’m truly thankful that He has made Himself known!
    Our praise team just had a great discussion about this last night, I sent this on to each of them this morning.
    Thanks again for such an encouraging truth to take through the day!
    Ron Reffett

  4. says

    Hey Wendy,

    You are so right, many of our struggles are directly related to what we know and believe about God. Thanks for your comment!

    Hi Emily,

    The rest of our lives and for all eternity! Thanks Emily!

    Hey Ron,

    That’s so great that you discuss these kinds of things with your praise team – if only all our praise teams were grounded in good, solid theology! Thanks again for your encouragement!

    Hi Thomas,

    Thanks! I’m honored you’d sing any of my songs in your church.


    You really should learn how to express yourself without being so wordy….thanks for the smile!

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