know Him, not it

Think about it, it would be very weird if you loved someone you didn’t know. You can’t have a quality relationship with someone you don’t know. We’re told to have a relationship with Jesus, so how are we suppose to go about doing that? I can’t really just go get some lunch with him, or go hangout at His house. Theology is the study of God and His nature, basically getting to know him . There are two ways to “study” God and His nature. The first is general revelation. This is all the general stuff we can know about God by looking at nature. We know God is REALLY big because the planets, and galaxies are really big. We know get is incredibly smart and detailed because of how complex and specific DNA and the human mind are. The second way we can learn more about God is called specific revelation. These are specific’s about Him that we couldn’t know without Him revealing it to us. That’s what the bible is, it tell us that God is madly, crazily, completely overboard in love with us. It tells us how He took on flesh and was torn apart for us. It tells us the magnificent story of humanity’s fall into sin and God’s complete faithfulness to save us even though we didn’t deserve it. That’s what the whole bible is about, not a bunch of random stories. Mark Driscoll says, “If we treasure our relationship with God, we should also treasure the revelation He gives us about Himself so that we can know Him as best we’re able.” I love the way the video says it. Theology is important not because we need bigger brains, or need to be able to spout out bible facts. It’s important because it tells what God is really like, and if we get that wrong we will get our entire life wrong. So what does the bible say God is like? Well it says that Jesus is God. Colossians 1:15 says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. Christ is exactly God, not kind of like God, not similar to God. When you know Jesus you know God. The bible says that God is completely sovereign, He possess supreme and ultimate power. Colossians 2:10 says “and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority.” There is no one above or equal to God. Even nature is subject to His authority. God is holy and just. Isaiah 30:18 says “Therefore the LORD waits to be gracious to you, and therefore he exalts himself to show mercy to you. For the LORD is a God of justice; blessed are all those who wait for him.” God is a perfect and good judge, and because of that He must punish sin because it is evil. The bible says that God is love. 1 John 4:8  “Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.” Love is not God, but God is love. We don’t worship love, but all love comes from God’s common grace towards mankind. God is light.  1 John 1:5  “This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all.” The angles that are in the throne room of heaven have a pair of wings specifically for covering their eyes because of the pure light of God. Scripture says that God is omniscient, He knows everything. Matthew 10:30 says, “But even the hairs of your head are all numbered.” I don’t even know the number of hairs on my head, but Christ knows. He knows the inner thoughts and desires of our hearts. God tells us in His bible that He is the foundation of reality. Revelation 1:8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” Nothing existed before God, there was no before God. Nothing will exist after God, there is no after God. The God’s Word also says that He is faithful. Deuteronomy 7:9  “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God…” He will keep any promise or covenant He makes. God has promised to forgive anyone that accepts Jesus as a rescue from our own horrific flaws. That is a promise you can hold Him to. Christ’s blood is sufficient. These are some of the things we can learn about our God by reading the bible. The bible is basically one big love letter from God to the broken destructive people He loves, and how He desires a relationship with us. A person can know all the rules of God without actually knowing God. The rules of the bible are intended for people who are in a relationship with Christ, that’s the only way you’ll be able to honestly follow them. Trying to follow them outside of a relationship with Jesus is dry and lifeless. Joshua says it perfectly, “When we know the truth about God, it fills us with wonder. If we fail to understand His true character, we’ll never be amazed by Him. We’ll never feel small as we stare up at Him. We’ll never worship Him as we ought. We’ll never run to Him for refuge or realize the great love He’s shown in bridging the measureless distance to rescue us.”  Another great quote by Joshua Harris (I like Joshua Harris) is “It’s not enough to know truth, God wants us to feel it, to believe it, and to apprehend it in the deepest most personal way” Don’t read the bible only to get to know the bible better. Read the bible to get to know and love Jesus better.