Do you truly know God?

Okay, I know this is slightly longer than five minutes, but it’s worth watching.

If you enjoyed this, check out Tchividjian’s book, Surprised By Grace: God’s Relentless Pursuit of Rebels.

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Published in: on June 7, 2010 at 5:17 am  Comments (4)  
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  1. Trick question. I like his points. But he avoids the hard question. How can we truly know someone who is not finite. We are good at defining God as someone we coudn’t possibly comprehend, and then claiming that we DO comprehend Him by claiming that he is limited to and a slave of our understanding of Him (Sovereign, Perfect, Unchangeable, Infinite, etc… so we claim He can’t be anything to the contrary even if He wanted to be). The teachers of the law probably loved to say he was unknowable to a common man, yet they perceived Him to be an angry and legalistic judge. Jesus taught us to see Him differently, as a Father.

    The fact is, you can’t truly know someone whom you don’t interact with and listen to on a daily basis. If He is not as approachable as a father, then truly knowing Him is impossible… So it’s good that He is approachable… not as some today disrespectfully would approach their earthly fathers, arrogantly asking for the keys to the car, but with humiliy and respect asking for parental guidance and instruction.

  2. Good point, except I really don’t know what you mean by trick question. It’s the most important question, aside from does God know you? (Matt 25:12; John 17:3)

    It’s interesting to note that had already God revealed Himself as a father in the OT.

    Deuteronomy 8:5
    Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you.

    Proverbs 3:11-12 (Ref in Heb 12)
    My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline
    and do not resent his rebuke,
    because the LORD disciplines those he loves,
    as a father the son he delights in.

  3. The trick question is that there are some ways in which we can know God and other ways in which we may never know Him while we are finite beings. But we certainly can know what He is LIKE and in the respects that Tchividjian mentions.

  4. Yes. I suppose it’s more important that God knows us in the sense that He doesn’t cast us away from Him (Matt 25:12), and that we know Him in the sense that we have entered into eternal life with Him. (John 17:3)


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