How do we know God ?
Not through theology alone, but through theology and faith.
Theology being the study of God's Word, and living faith, the obedience to God's
Word (see study on 'Faith toward God' in 'First Principles').
We come to know God through His Word, His Spirit, His creation; and through His workings in our lives, and our obedience to His will.
theology enough to get to know God ?
We can know about God through His
Word; but we must obey God to know Him.
Exodus 33.12 And Moses said unto the Lord, See, Thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and Thou hast not let me know whom Thou wilt send with me. Yet
Thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in My sight. 13 Now therefore, I pray Thee, if I have found grace in Thy sight, show me now Thy way, that I may know Thee, That I may find grace in Thy sight: and consider that this nation is Thy people. 14 And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
When Moses asked the Lord to show him His way, that he may know Him; The Lord said, My presence shall go with you.
According to the Lord, His way is that He goes with us, and He will give us rest.
It must be understood that we must go with the Lord, follow the Lord in Spirit and in Truth, we must remain in the presence of the ever-present Lord to receive that rest; not only to know God, but to be saved.
Isaiah 30:15 For thus saith the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness
and confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not.
Do not be numbered among those who will not rest in the Lord. (see study on: 'Resting in the Lord').
The presence of God is always with us, and we must live in His presence;
His Way; in Spirit and in Truth. Because, if we are baptized into Jesus Christ, a truth is: the Spirit of Christ is always with us, and in us.
4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Christ in us,
the hope of glory.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
If we will still our mind of all worldly and selfish thoughts, and know that God is in our heart, and let our mind rest on the Lord, in our heart, we will find Him; and as we remain at rest in that stillness of His peace, He will manifest in us, the nature of Jesus Christ. (see study on: 'Resting in the Lord'.)
Hebrews 13.5b for He has said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you.
He wants us to take His yoke upon us, and never leave Him.
John 8.31 Then Jesus said to those Jews which believed on Him, If you continue
in (Gk: meno; to stay in, abide, live according to) My Word, then are you My disciples
indeed; 32 And you shall know the Truth, and the truth will make you free.
the deception of man's many differing intellectual interpretations of God's Word; free from the darkness and misunderstanding of the natural, carnal, fallen mind; free from the abounding works of iniquity (the unlawful use of God's Word, and God's name:
see study on: 'Workers of Iniquity'); free from hell and death.
John 10 27 My sheep hear My vioce, and I know
them, and they follow Me:
John 10.14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep, and am
known of Mine.
The disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ are the Church.
Luke 9.23 And He said to them all, If any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.
John 12.26 If any man serve Me, let him follow Me:
and where I am, there shall also My servant be: If any man serve Me, him will My Father honour.
Matthew 11.28 Come unto Me, all you who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take My yoke upon you,
and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and you shall find rest for your souls. 30 For My yoke is easy, and
My burden is light. (To take His yoke upon us is to bind ourselves to Him, and stay in His ever-presence, and go
when and where He directs us.)
1 John 2.3 And hereby we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.
If we keep His commandments!
Do not be deceived, if we do not obey God, we do not know God.
we do not obey Jesus, He is not our Lord.
If we say that we believe in
Him, and then do not obey Him; then we have deceived ourselves; and we do not really believe that He is God.
James 2:22 But be ye doers
of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.
1John 2.4 He that says, I know Him, and keeps not His Commandments, is a liar and the truth is not in him.
See Study on "The difference between the Law and the Commandments".
To know God, is to love God: to love God, is to obey God: to obey God, is to live in, to remain
in, the Light and fellowship with, and rest in, Him.
1John1:7a But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one
1John1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truely our fellowship is with the Father, and with his
Son Jesus Christ.
Get to know God.
(see study on: 'How are we saved?')