Today's Bible Study, Authored by Arthur Cincotti. 10/17/2021
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Getting to Know God
Have you ever wanted to get to know someone?
Perhaps someone you admire.
Perhaps a celebrity or public figure.
Perhaps a person you feel a special connection with.
Perhaps a member of the opposite sex you’d like to build a life with.
You may have noticed that there is a process involved.
We move from a distant curiosity, to introduction, to comparing notes, into a life long sea of discovery.
God invites us to know Him in similar fashion. That He would be, to us, interesting and captivating enough to seek Him out, is a starting point.
Jesus said, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Jn. 17:3
This presumes that God is knowable, which is a question we often take for granted. He is! Not exhaustively, but He is. Because….
He has revealed Himself!
He begins with general revelation. Ps. 19:1 “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament show His handiwork.”
The curious seeker will attempt to explain this majesty and wonder.
Frustration in this matter will eventually lead one to a force much higher and greater than themselves. This is transcendence.
If to easily satisfied, they one may stop at any menu of false religious beliefs.
If one is determined to press on past the “comparing notes” stage..
Jer. 29:13 says, “And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.”
Heb. 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
All the while we are seeking Him, He is wooing us!
We know that God reveals Himself – as in His character – by His Word. Just we would come to know anyone, by listening to them.
Rom. 10:17, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
We also know that the ultimate revelation of God to man is when, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory…” Jn. 1:14
As Jesus dwelt, and walked among us He displayed the Father and provided an example for us of how He would have us to be.
When He was taken up, He gave us His Holy Spirit to live in us and through us. II Cor. 5:20, “Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us…”
Our new desire and quest to know God compels us to become more like Him. II Cor. 3:18, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord.”
One way that God reveals Himself is by inviting us into His experience so that we may first hand glimpse His character.
So when Jesus says, “love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate your and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.” And then does that as an example, He invites us to do the same.
When Jesus says, “take up the cross and follow Me.” Hmmm???
Paul said, “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death. If by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” Phil. 3:10,11
Also, “and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together .”
Suppose you are rejected by someone you have tried to love.
Suppose you are persecuted by those you have tried to help.
Suppose you are disappointing because your plan didn’t come to pass.
Suppose nobody listens to your excellent, Godly council.
Suppose we serve people who turn against us.
Is this not Christ’s experience? As we are invited into His experience, that we may know Him and be changed into His likeness. (character)