We know what god is like, not only by his perfections and works, but also by his names they tell us many things about god's care and concern for his own this is one of the fascinating studies of scripture. It's amazing and frightening how we suppress, ignore and myopically treat what we can't not know yet here's an author who loudly and clearly in the public square is saying wrong direction, turn back now, and wake-up everybody. Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from god, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
Even though we can't see him directly, he's left us much evidence that we can see so we can know he's real for example, he's left us clues in how he created our world, how we are all born with a sense of what is right and wrong, in miracles that jesus did to prove he was god, and, most importantly, in bringing jesus back to life after. You cannot effectively imitate someone unless you know a great deal about him, and the fact that righteous people are commanded to imitate god shows that we can know much about him the very same section of isaiah tells us god can be known. O our god, will you not judge them for we have no might against this great company that comes against us neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon you american king james version o our god, will you not judge them for we have no might against this great company that comes against us neither know we what to do: but our eyes are on you. In john 3 we read about a man who clearly wanted to know god better and who became more studied than most in the things of god his name was nicodemus, and he was a pharisee, a ruler of the jews this nicodemus knew that jesus had come from god, and he was truly curious to learn more about jesus.
We can know some of god's thoughts because god has revealed himself to us through the words of scripture and the person of jesus christ however, the atheist cannot account for laws of logic he cannot make sense of them within his own worldview. This is an important point: we do not need to know a great deal about the future god has for us certainly we would like to know what god wants for us in the future, but what is important is to know what he wants today. Not only must we read and understand god's word, we must apply it obediently and remain faithful (hebrews 12:1-3) jesus himself placed the greatest importance on loving god with all we are and loving our neighbor as ourselves (matthew 22. But this is not the same as stating that we cannot know anything about god, including the study of theology indeed, god has taken it upon himself to reveal great truths to us through his word in short, we are limited in what we can know, but we can know.
We've all heard this story and every time we hear it, we laugh, right but quite often this is the story of our attempts to discern god's will i can't tell you how many college students who tell me, i just want to do god's will. We as humans are limited by our senses,even when we pray,we do so according to our feelings,but when we pray in tongues, we are praying mysteries, praying the will of god we are fixing things in the realm of the spirit which are not revealed to our senses. In 1 kings 19, we can read a story about one of god's prophets named elijah elijah needed god's help, and so god told elijah that he would pass by god told elijah to hide in a cave on a mountain.
This is determined by our present plight as sinners though we have lapsed into ignorance of god and a godless way of life, god has not abandoned his purpose to us as his friends instead, he has resolved in his love to rescue us from sin and restore us to himself. Although by the revelation of grace in this life we cannot know of god what he is, and thus are united to him as to one unknown still we know him more fully according as many and more excellent of his effects are demonstrated to us, and according as we attribute to him some things known by divine revelation, to which natural reason cannot. This is a flawed premise since it implies that we are in a position to say what is good and what is not good about god we ourselves do not know what good is naturally, for we are not basically good . The heaviest burden that god can ultimate give to a christian is if we can walk by someone who doesn't know god i have to at least preach to them and let them know that there is a god that loves you and all he wants is your heart, but to repent.
Trying to find god and connect with god to know you are truly loved by god is not obtainable, dear one, unless you are willing to surrender your option to lie - your option to be dishonest - should it seem to suit your selfish purpose. They say that if god knows we are going to make a certain free will choice, then when it is time for us to make that choice, because god knows what we are going to choose, we are not really free to make a different choice and god's foreknowledge means we cannot have free will. God is not so cruel as to tell us that we need to know him in order to gain eternal life but then not be able to receive it because his very nature is a mystery clearly, the real mystery is why the trinity doctrine is still such an accepted teaching despite the relative ease to demonstrate it's pagan and unscriptural history. And if we fail to rely on god's promises and to call on him, we can't count on this awesome promise in jeremiah 33:3, 'call to me and i will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.
We can be forgiven, fully accepted by god and genuinely loved by god he says, i have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore i have continued my faithfulness to you 17 this is god, in action. The very rev dr ian markham discusses the milky way galaxy, the speed of light and perception, and how to know what god wants of each of us to live whole, transformed, lives through the example of jesus. We are assured that every word of god is a sure word (2 peter 1:19), because we know god has a detailed history of making his word good as we strive to be godly, we must be honest with ourselves, and with others (luke 8:15 romans 12:17.