The Bible and knowing God

We come to know God by engaging in the Bible’s truths. Don’t get me wrong. I know people who have been given God’s Word since childhood but haven’t known the God revealed there. Thus, knowing ABOUT God is not the same as knowing God, which involves a personal relationship with him.

In addition, I’ve known people who have studied the Bible’s ideas and history but who have no faith in its God. Such people study it from the viewpoint of the Bible as literature instead of looking at it as God’s inspired words revealing him and his history of involvement with humans.  

Other people use the lens of looking at the Bible through modern eyes using scientific and historical methods. On the other hand, the Bible is a collection of ancient documents, not modern ones. It is written by a large number of prophets and apostles, but it actually claims to be from God in two places (2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:16-21). As a result, you can meet God in its pages and come to know him. I have for sixty-two of my seventy-eight years.   

Instead, we must approach the Bible from God’s viewpoint. What does it mean to know God through the Bible? It means to read and study it on its own terms and its assumptions. That is, the Bible assumes that God is one God with three Persons; therefore, we read its pages with that assumption. The Bible assumes that Jesus came from the Father to become fully human and remain fully divine. Thus, it’s through that understanding that we read it. The Bible assumes that God created the universe and all humans; with that assumption we read it. Therefore, God meets us as we read his Word. What do you believe about the Bible?  

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