“Thus says the LORD, ‘Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things, declares the LORD.” – Jeremiah 9:24 (NASB)
This blog was originally intended to be a post about some of the core attributes of God. However, as I began to contemplate these things, I became increasingly amazed at just the mere fact that we can even come to know Him at all.
Indeed, I think it valuable to take a moment to ponder the amazing reality that is the knowability of God. This means more than merely that we can know about God, although that too is amazing, but we can actually, personally come to know Him.
It’s important to note that He is under no obligation to make Himself known, especially to a fallen humanity. When mankind was cutoff in the Fall (a.k.a. death), that could have been the end of the story. All the mercies of God, all of the goodness in His creation- all of it could’ve justifiable been removed… but it wasn’t.
Instead, we have an amazingly beautiful and wonderful creation to live in. Although it is indeed heavily marred by much pain and suffering, there is still greatness. Furthermore, God could’ve left humanity to destroy themselves… but He didn’t. Instead, He wrote His moral Law upon the hearts of every person.
The reason we’re able to know God is simple… the redeeming work of Jesus Christ. As Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NASB), “By [God’s] doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption, so that, just as it is written, ‘LET HIM WHO BOASTS, BOAST IN THE LORD.’”
If it was not for the work of Christ, then there would be no reconciliation and therefore there would be no potential for a relationship between God and sinful man (i.e. all humanity). Jesus talks of this in the High Priestly Prayer (John 17:2-3, NASB) “…even as You gave [the Son] authority over all flesh, that to all whom You have given Him, He may give eternal life. This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.”
In other words, all authority is given to Our Lord Jesus Christ, including the authority to grant everlasting life. And then He goes on to define everlasting life as the knowing of God and Jesus. This hearkens back to the overall purpose of humanity that we talked about in a previous blog, here.
So, as amazing as it is, God has made it so that even sinful humanity can know about Him, know about some of His works in the past and (ever more amazingly) so that we may actually come to know Him directly.
This is an absolutely astonishing Truth. When I was a young journalist, I was blessed enough to work for and with some pretty big names. As typical with any arrogant individual trying to make a name for himself, I “name dropped” all the time. Well, as a Christian, I know the very Creator of the Universe- the Lord over all things…
That is surely something worthy of boasting in.