Posted by: Mark | October 30, 2009

Why Christians need to KNOW God

Recently I have been mulling over the question – Why is it vital for Christians to know who God is? This is the sum of thoughts I have been having over several years all coming together. I am putting it out here so other people can read it and hopefully be blessed by it instead of it living only inside my head – although Louise sometimes get pestered with my thoughts too 😦

So why is it important for us as Christians to actually know God – His attributes, His glory, His magnificence, His wonder, His creation, His love, His justice, His anger and everything else that goes into who God is? Is it not just sufficient for us to say God is love and leave it at that, after all the bible says that (1 John 4 v 8)? I would say categorically, NO. God is the very definition of love as he is the source of all good things (James 1 v 17), however, love is just one part of who God is, it is not the total picture.

Here are some of the reasons why I think it is important to know who God is:

1. We are created in God’s image (Genesis 1 v 27) and by knowing God we can get a better picture of the type of people God created us to be. God created us the way we are for a reason and he desires that we be Holy as he is Holy (Lev. 11 v 44). He desires that we love because he is love (1 John 4 v 8). He desires that we forgive because he has forgiven (Matt. 18 v 23-35). Knowing God better gives us a better picture of the characteristics and qualities we should possess. Even understanding the trinity and its equal but different status (i.e. all persons are fully God but have very different positions in the Godhead) can teach us how to live as boss/employee, husband/wife or father/son.

2. God is an angry (Psalm 7 v 11), jealous (Ex. 20 v 5) God, who hates sin (Provers 6 v 16-19). By knowing God more and understanding the level of his hatred for sin we will get an ever increasing detestation of it ourselves.

3. God is an awesome creator God who knows everything from the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10 v 30) to the all the stars in the heavens by name (Psalms 147 v 4). The more we understand about God and his sovereignty and power the more we will burst in praise for Him.

4. God is an all-knowing (1 John 3 v 20) sovereign (Isaiah 45 v 7) God who made every person (Psalm 139 v 13) and loves them deeply (John 3 v 16). Knowing and accepting this gives us a whole new appreciation for the commands of God. They are not burdensome (1 John 5 v 3). They are in fact the path and directions for us to live out exactly what we were created to do and to have joy and satisfaction in life.

5. God really is the ruler and owner of the world. He really is in control of creation. He really has defeated the devil. He really is in control of how things are going to end. By knowing all of this we can live life without fear. No one can stand against God (Romans 8 v 31). God is good for His promises and will work all things together for good for those who love Him and are called by his name (Romans 8 v 28).

There are many other great lessons that we can learn from just knowing who God is and accepting Him for that. I have been blessed by sitting under the ministry of a pastor recently who just takes the bible at its word without question. He knows who God is, and knows that while it is good and proper to search for understanding, that God’s ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55 v 8-9) and that acceptance and obedience must come even if understanding is a little behind.

“I pray God that I can know you more and more every day. Help me to know you and learn about you through your word”.

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  1. Thank u Mark. I am recently very challanged by the terrible thought that God will someday say to many who profess His name to depart from him because He never knew them.

    Also thinking that mans chief end is to glotify God and to enjoy Him for ever. cannt enjoy someones company if you dont know them.

    Keep this coming really good stuff x


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