Dear Fellow Citizen of God’s Kingdom
Knowing God and having the knowledge of God’s outworking in our lives is vital for growing in God’s covenant.
It is important that we know what the object of the knowledge of God is; God can mean different things to different people. Knowing God is something unique, since God Himself is unique. We are not seeking to know just any God, we are seeking to know the Lord Jehovah, the God of Scripture, the God and Father our Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing more important than knowing God, according to John M Frame.
Jeremiah, the prophet, reminds us of the importance of knowing God. “23 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, 24 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).
The Apostle John refers to knowing the true God: “3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3).
In our post-modern world where self is God, the knowledge of God is rare. Some speak about knowing, or believing in God, but never take the time to discover the knowledge of God. The Psalmist and Paul the Apostle remind us of how the wicked view God:
“In the pride of his facethe wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.” (Psalm 10:4)
“no one understands; no one seeks for God.” (Romans 3:11).
David Wells speaks vividly of the “weightlessness of God” in many of our churches today. Churches and individual Christians devoted to the service of God often govern their lives by the standard of modern secular culture, rather than by the Word of God. They hear and speak about God, often with enthusiasm, but He makes little real difference to them. But how can it be that the Lord of Heaven and earth makes no difference? This is a great question that John M Frame presents.
The church’s responsibility is that each of its members should seek and know God. We do this by knowing God through His Word and having fellowship with Him. The testimony of Jesus is that He knew Father God. “3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God,” (John 13:3). The Father of Jesus is my/our Father, He is our God. “17 Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” (John 20:17). We are to call on Him as our Father. “17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one’s deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile,” (1 Peter 1:17).
Let us put together some practical steps of knowing God as Father.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.” (Matthew 6:9).
The word “hallowed” means to declare sacred or Holy, or to honor as holy. This is one of God’s attributes: He is Holy. Begin today, by looking up all the Scriptures on God’s Holiness and start declaring His Holiness.
I look forward in seeing you in church, whereby we are able to grow in God’s knowledge.
Dr S Ward