Can We Really Know God?



For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of a man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God.” 1 Cor. 2:11


God has revealed Himself as a person to man. As a person, He is not required to have flesh and bone. The Bible actually teaches God is a spirit, specifically The Spirit. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24). A person may be described as having a mind, emotions and a will. With the mind one considers, or in God’s case, establishes that which is truth. The mind implies the idea of reason and logic. Mankind, being created in God’s image carries within Him this same ability to reason and apply logic. In a similar fashion, our emotions are and image of God’s emotions. From time to time, man can be controlled by his emotions. While this might be hard for us to wrap our heads around, God is perfect and intense in all His emotions at the same time. He doesn’t waiver from situation to situation. We have a God who feels as we feel and thinks as we think – of course He does so flawlessly, us not so much. The last element of God’s person, His will, is something that we can relate very intimately with. God gave us the ability to make so many choices in our life. Now consider that God in His infinite wisdom choose to make you and I. Scripture records that He knit us together. That element of personal, intentional design demonstrates God choice to design with great variety!

Not only can God be known in a relation to our person, but He is known through Hi written, enduring Word. Not only are pictures of His holiness found in the Bible, but revealed within it is evidence of God’s emotion, mind and will. In narratives like the story of Esther we see God’s desire for intense devotion and sacrifice. Reading Song of Solomon is a beautiful picture of the rich love relationship God desires to have with us, and between a husband and wife. In the narratives of the conquest, God’s strength and supernatural power are revealed. The book of Genesis reveals God’s creative works and desire for a relationship with His creation. The greatest narrative however is not found in on particular location, but rather peppered throughout all of Scripture. This is the story of Jesus. From the initial redemption picture found in Genesis 3, to our eternal residence with Him in the book of Revelation, God reveals Himself through Jesus. As with so much of the Bible, the center reveals perhaps the greatest story of all. This of course is the narrative of Jesus, the God-man, coming to earth revealing Himself to man then dying as the sacrificial lamb, rising again ascending in to heaven. God’s personal attributes as a servant of His creation can be no better seen than in this redemptive act.

Our discussion would be greatly lacking if we did not discuss one of the most personal ways God reveals Himself to us. I’m speaking of course through His Spirit who indwells each person that accepted Christ’s free gift of Salvation. The Holy Spirit reveals to our Spirit the very attributes of God.

No relationship is closer than this one; no relationship is more intimate than this- God speaking to your heart!

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.