Ways to Know God

 

There are several ways for man to know God. The first is to know the authority of God through the universe, nature, and all the things God has created. The second is from man’s conscience and the part of his soul (Romans 1:19, 2:15). Different ethnicities and cultures all have their own viewpoints on morality, cause and consequence, and religion, and their own experiences regarding contact with the spiritual realm. These things all make us aware that besides the material world, there exists an eternal spiritual realm, and God is the head of all spiritual things. The third is the Bible; that is, the Word of God (known as special revelation in Theology). If we apply ourselves to read and study, and then act according to the teachings of the Bible, we will be personally cognizant of the reality of God.

The fourth is to know more of God’s character and works through God’s chosen people, the Israelites. There is a prayer in Psalm 67: “May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.” (V.1-2) This indicates that the Israelites prayed that they may experience more of God’s love, blessings, and glory, so that all nations and peoples may come to know God’s way and salvation through their presence. God also spoke to them through the prophet Isaiah, “’You are my witnesses,’ declares the Lord, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen … I am He. Before me no god was formed ... (They are) the people I formed for myself, that they may proclaim my praise.’” (Isaiah 43:10-11, 21)

For this reason, throughout world history and in many facets of culture, the Israeli people have shown that they are not just different from all nations, but God has given them much providence and blessing. They were able to restore their nation 2,000 years after its destruction, and were encircled and attacked several times by stronger nations after re-establishment, but claimed final victories. The common ability and wit of the Jews are superior to other peoples. They control much of the world’s financial lifeblood, and they form the largest group of Noble Laureates. Although Israel has been rebellious and hard-hearted towards God from past to present, the above-noted illustrations again clearly reveal that the love, grace and glory of God to His chosen people are so vast and unchanging. That’s because the faithful Lord is still mindful of the covenant He made with their ancestors, and lets us know of the path and salvation He has prepared for mankind.

 

The fifth way to know God is from the testimony of Christians. Each saved and reborn Christian has experienced God’s choosing, illumination, forgiveness, healing, release, declaration of righteousness, and rebirth, and has received the peace, joy, eternal life, right to be a child of God, and the seal of the Holy Spirit bestowed by the Lord. It is a miracle when the life of a person who has repented, believes in the Lord, and has received the Holy Spirit, is changed. God indeed wishes to use those who have the life of God as witnesses for Jesus Christ, so that all nations and peoples will know of the grace of salvation of the Lord.

 

The sixth way for man to know God is the most important, and that is through the Son of God, Jesus Christ. That is also one of the reasons God became flesh and descended to earth. Christ said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well.” (John 14:6-7) When someone has heard the testimony of a Christian and understands the Biblical Truth, he can pray to Jesus Christ directly, “for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved”; “everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God”; “if anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God”. This is also the way God has promised us that we will be saved, be reborn, and be united with the Lord through His Son.

 

By: Daniel To