Yesterday my family and I read the third of the three sections in Chapter 10, “The Knowability of God,” of Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology (Zondervan, 1994) in our after breakfast Bible reading time. It shows that even though we can never fully understand God we can know Him truly.
All that the Bible tells us about God is true, and it tells us these (and other) things about Him:
– “God is spirit” (John 4:24).
– “God is light” (1 John 1:5).
– “God is love” (1 John 4:8).
Knowing that God is spirit, light, and love doesn’t mean that I know everything about Him or about any of His attributes, but it does mean that we know some true facts about Him.
But even more important, we know Him, not just facts about Him. Some Bible passages that show this are:
– “Thus says the LORD: ‘Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD'” (Jeremiah 9:23-24, ESV; all Bible quotations are from the ESV).
– “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (John 17:3; in the prayer with which Jesus closed his discourse to his disciples after the Last Supper).
– “They shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest” (Hebrews 8:11; part of a passage about the new covenant quoted from Jeremiah 31:31-34).
– “We know that the Son of God has come and given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true [God]” (1 John 5:20).
Grudem closes the section by observing that this personal relationship with God may be the greatest of all the blessings of the Christian life.