Posted by: the warrioress | September 8, 2012

Knowing God Thru The Bible

The last several posts I’ve done in this series have been about knowing God experientially. This post is about knowing God thru His word, the holy bible. How do we know God through His word? How do we know the bible is God’s word? 

We are told within the bible that the writings within are God-breathed, or inspired.
 
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:16 -17
 
Bearing this in mind, we can see that God is using His written word to prepare us for servant hood. By reading it carefully, and asking God to reveal it to us through His Holy Spirit, we are equipped for whatever ministry God has in mind for us.
 
The bible is “the mind of God.” Proverbs 4: 10 -13 tells us:
 
“Listen, my son, accept what I say,  and the years of your life will be many. I instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths. When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.”
 
We should begin everyday with a reading from the bible; this way we are guided and God’s view point is declared before we step from our homes into what we must do that day. If we want the mind of Christ, we must study the mind of Christ. We do this through the word of God. Who God is, how God operates, all of this will be revealed within the pages. God wants us to know Him, His ways, and how He thinks. This is all laid out for us within the bible.
 
In John 17:3, Jesus tells us: “Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent..
 
Before we can know God, we have to know Jesus Christ. We are human beings, and thus have a sinful nature. God is holy. God cannot accept sin. God loves us so much that He arranged a way for our sins to be erased so that we too could be holy in His eyes. He allowed His son, Jesus Christ, to be crucified on the cross and pay this price for our sins. In other words, God punished Jesus instead of us. Jesus was sacrificed so that we can be forgiven. When we believe and accept what Jesus did, we begin to know God. Until we do, though, we cannot really know God. We are on the outside looking in.
 
Through reading the bible, we sit down with a love letter from God to us, about Him. He reveals Himself to us through the pages, and we are taught how to live this Christian life. We are given many examples through the writings of those who walked with God, who knew Jesus Christ, who lived the life of a follower of Jesus. We should study the bible because it is our textbook to a Christian lifestyle, a lifestyle that pleases God.
 
These are the keys to truly knowing God. Of course, our lives will involve much more, such as commitment to prayer, devotion, fellowship, and worship. But those can only follow making a decision to receive Jesus and His promises into our lives and accepting that we, on our own, cannot truly know God. Then our lives can be filled with God, and we can experience knowing Him intimately and personally.” Source 

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. -Hebrews 4:12 

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. -Acts 17:11

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  1. This is a very good primer for learning about God through the bible. It should be followed up with a essay on how you came to know God and the effect He has had on your life since becoming His child.

    I know, with my past, He was the only reason I survived the horrors of Vietnam. I have also learned I had all this pain in order to share His glory. It did take me years to learn but all things happen for a reason and He is the reason.

    It is good to see you writing Adrienne. Ann and I love your posts. We hope all is going well and that your daughter is enjoying being back in school.

    God’s love to you both!

    ♥ Ed

  2. Excellent!

  3. Yes! Sorry I haven’t visited lately, but I’m glad I did. Just the boost I needed to go find my Bible.

  4. The problem with this sort of approach is it requires suspension of common sense and to accept that the likes of the author of Timothy, and more pointedly the UNKNOWN authors of the synoptic gospels are recording faithfully and are indeed reciting God-inspired tracts.
    Even the novice biblical student very quickly finds the verbatim passages in the Synoptics and soon after the gross contradictions.
    All this demonstrates if this is indeed ‘God – breathed’ is that,
    1. God told different stories to different individuals.
    2. Some of these individuals were borderline sane.
    3. Some of these individuals merely copied the original Gospel (Mark) and merely extrapolated – the Resurrection for example))
    4. The bible is not meant to be taken literally, and was composed/compiled with as much a political message as spiritual, because nobody in their right mind was ever expected to believe a man could survive inside a fish or being capable of walking upon water.

  5. When trying to learn about God one has to be careful about accepting any writing, including the Bible, simply on faith. God is essentially unknowable and I daresay that no man has seen, or talked to, God (see John 1:18 for example). Interestingly enough, the Bible clearly states that the disciples themselves did not understand the teachings of Jesus and yet a whole religion has been based on their belief, assuming that they even wrote the gospels which is denied by most biblical scholars.


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