The God Who Can Be Known

Character of God, part 2

As we think about God’s character and simply who he is, perhaps it is obvious to state at the outset that God can be known. It is possible, at least to some degree, to grasp in our minds what God is like. The reason for this is because God has made a choice. He made a choice in eternity past that he would create us and, not only that he would create us, but that he would, of his own accord, reveal himself and have a relationship with us.

He has shown himself to us in general ways, such as through creation. Psalm 19:1 says, The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. But he has also shown himself in very specific ways, such as though the Bible and through sending his only Son, Jesus Christ. In Christ, God has not only told us about himself, but he actually revealed himself to us personally.

No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known. (John 1:18, ESV)

It is a most glorious truth that God has chosen to do this. He was certainly not required to do so. He was not bound or forced to make himself known to us. He simply chose to. If he hadn’t, there wouldn’t be even a remote chance at a relationship (1 Cor. 1:21).

In the Wizard of Oz, the great and powerful Oz was simply a poser who did everything to conceal his true identity. If everyone found out that he was a regular, ordinary man, he would be revealed as a fake and a fraud.

There is no danger of such a discovery with God. He boldly makes himself known to us and the more we delve into the knowledge of the one who made us, the more glorious and beautiful he becomes to us. He is the God who can be known.


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