While we must recognize that God ought to be more highly regarded, we can never think too highly of God for our limited cognition will never fully comprehend the vast greatness and majesty of the Most High God. The nature of God Himself is inexplicable and mysterious (Romans 11:33). His name is kept secret (Judges 13:18) and there are aspects of the Godhead that will remain beyond comprehension and without explanation in this lifetime (Deuteronomy 29:29).
Yet Christians strive to know God. Is such a goal even achievable? Can the incomprehensible God be known? These are good questions, but not the right questions. If the question is, “Can one know with exactness the full nature of God?” then the answer is, “no.” If the question is, “Can one know the true God on an experiential plane?” then the answer is “yes.” We cannot know all that there is to know about God, but we can know what He has revealed to be true about Himself. These are his “attributes.”
How do we discover and relate to these attributes? How can we know what God is really like? The Christian often attempts to discover God by using the wrong faculties. God cannot be discovered by one’s imagination, intellect, or inclinations. In some ways, Christians must attempt to imagine the likeness of God, but discerning His likeness through similes and metaphors is the best the imagination can do to comprehend God. As the prophet Isaiah indicated in his teaching, comprehension flows from the known into the unknown; from that which is familiar to that which is unfamiliar (Isaiah 28:9-10). The closest the imagination can come to recognizing God is through anthropomorphisms which relate the attributes of God to features of mankind. However, while this assists in understanding, it doesn’t necessarily aid in experiencing God. Additionally, the intellect is incapable of discovering the majesty of God. One’s finite mind cannot comprehend the “depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!” Truly, His ways remain “past finding out!” (Romans 11:33). One’s intellectual capacity is just too restricted to fully discover the depths of God. Furthermore, one’s comprehension of God cannot be fully realized through one’s inclinations. The emotional connection to God is truly a strong bond – “we love him, because he first loved us” (I John 4:19) – yet one’s emotions are not exact reflections of God’s nature. For example, what might cause one person to respond in anger God may look upon and respond in mercy (Luke 9:54-56). Because one’s emotional responses are marred by sin, such a connection with God would be limited.
While this explains how a Christian can be deterred from knowing God, we must resolve to determine what will enable us to experience God. Primarily, the nature of God became the most comprehensible and tangible through the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ (I John 1:1-3). A facet of the Son of God’s role was to reveal the nature of the Father to the world (Luke 10:22) and those disciples that knew and followed Jesus experienced a personal revelation of the Father (John 14:7-11; 10:30). The best way to experience the fullness of God is to experience life in the fullness of Christ (John 14:20-21).
Additionally, the nature of God is most fully applied through the illumination of the Spirit (I John 2:27). The Holy Spirit discloses the knowledge of God (I Cor. 2:9-10). The Bible establishes that these two Members of the Godhead enable us to experience God and to recognize the nature of God. The faculty by which both Members are engaged is faith. Faith is the “key” which unlocks the “door” to a deeper knowledge of and a robust experience with God. The presence of the invisible God is discerned only by faith, not sight (II Corinthians 5:7) because it is the “evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the active component of mankind that allows him to enter into the faith (Ephesians 2:8-9), to please God (Hebrews 11:6), and to be characterized righteously (Romans 1:17). When faith characterizes the Christian, the knowledge of God will be experienced in the fullest sense of spiritual maturity – Christ-likeness (Ephesians 4:13).
My Prayer for Today:
You are the truly the Majestic One who reigns on high. Forgive me for not regarding you as highly as you are worth. Truly, you are worthy of praise for all your greatness! Though I may not fully comprehend your fullness, I thank You that I can trust you because of your greatness. Though Your ways are sometimes mysterious, I thank You that have revealed Yourself to me through your Word and Your Spirit. I am humbled that I can experience Your presence, enjoy Your fellowship, and discover Your power each day. Help me today to see You more clearly, understand You more deeply, and follow You more closely. In Jesus’ name. Amen.