When it comes to knowing God, there are a lot of different ideas. You may have grown up to understand one way of knowing God, while your neighbor learned another way. Or maybe you learned about God from someone at school or college or your workplace. It could be that there are a number of people around you with a variety of beliefs. Is one true? Are all true? What do you think?
So, what does it mean to know God? Do you have an answer to that question?
A good place to start to answer that question is with our friends at Find Answers 4 Life. You’ll be able to learn what the truth is, according to the Bible, about the different ways people say we can know God.
Whether or not you know God is the most important thing about you. Do you know God?
Here are some quick facts about knowing God:
1. God loves you…
Jesus said, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but will have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
And the Apostle Paul wrote that “…God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).
2. All people are sinners…
Again, the Apostle Paul wrote that “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), and
“As it is written, there is none righteous; no, not one” (Romans 3:10).
3. Sin separates all people from God…
The psalmist wrote, “Then I (God) will punish their transgression (sin) with a rod and their iniquity with stripes” (Psalm 89:32).
Paul wrote that “…the wages (payment, or consequence) of sin is death…” (Romans 6:23a)
4. God’s remedy for sin, and God’s answer for reconciliation is Jesus Christ…
Paul also wrote, “…but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6L23b); and
“…what I received I passed on to you as of first importance, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), and
“…God made Christ, who knew no sin, to become sin for us, so that we would become the righteousness of God through Christ” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
The Apostle John wrote, “Yet to all who received Christ, to those who believed in His name, He gave them the right to become children of God” (John 1:12).
5. You can be a child of God now…
Paul wrote, “If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved…for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Romans 10:9, 13).
What does it mean to know God?
If God loves you, He would like you to know Him. You cannot know one with whom you have no relationship. When we avoid God, we avoid that relationship, we give greater importance to our life than to the One who gives us life.
Do you know God? You can. The Bible tells you how.
1. Admit your sin;
2. Turn to Jesus as the Leader or Lord of your life;
3. Turn away from your sin and live for God’s honor; and
4. Receive the gift of eternal life, and forgiveness that God promises you.
Paul wrote of the Christians in Thessalonica what it looks like to be a follower of Jesus Christ, and a child of God, as they had “…turned to God from idols to serve a living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, that is Jesus, who rescues us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:9-10).
If you have turned to God from your old life and proclaimed that Jesus Christ is Lord of your new life, please e-mail Pastor Bill at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to pray for you and help you connect with a good church near you.