Friday, September 30, 2011

do you want to know god?

"For God, who said,
"Let light shine out of darkness,"
has shone in our hearts to give
the light of the knowledge of the
glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."
2 corinthians 4:6 esv

"do you want to know god? then do what traffic signs at some uncontrolled intersections tell you to do:
stop, look and listen.

stop trying to discover god by pursuing thoughts, fancies, and feelings of your own, in disregard of god's revelation. our knowledge of him depends upon his revelation to us; you do not have the first without the second.

look at what god has revealed. the bible is the window through which you may look to see it, and there are many christians and guide books that can help you to see what you are looking at and pick out what is important. because london is the center of england, tourists from overseas put it first on their itineraries. in the same way, jesus christ the lord, who died and is alive forevermore, is the center of scripture. whatever else in the bible catches your eye, do not let it distract you from him.

listen to what the bible tells you about him, and about our need of him (which means, your need of him). the bible is god's communication to you about him. learn from god about the son of god; respond to all that you are shown. do that, and one day you will be saying with paul and many millions more "god said, 'let light shine out of darkness," has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of god in the face of jesus christ." you will be saying with the once blind man of jerusalem, "one thing i do know, that though i was blind, now i see."(john 9:25). you will know revelation in the only way that finally counts--namely from the inside; and in so knowing it, you will know god."
{j.i. packer, god's words}

1 comment:

  1. Really good stuff Mrs. Singer!
    I especially love Mr. P's 2nd paragraph!

    Happy Lord's Day Friend!

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