For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you (Acts 17.23).
The Athenians worshiped an unknown God. But Paul proclaimed to them the mind-blowing news that the High and Holy One can be known.
God so desires that we know him he sent Jesus to reveal him to us:
No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known (John 1:18).
Because God is infinite, there will always be new vistas of his beauty and majesty to ravish our hearts. After 10,000 ages in heaven, there will still be inexhaustible marvels of Jesus to explore. We’ll never come to an end of delight! And with each fresh revelation of the glory of God in the face of Christ, we’ll pour out fresh waves of worship and love to him.
Though much of God is shrouded in mystery, he’s given us much solid knowledge of himself. Think about all we know of him through his Word: he’s three persons in one God: Father, Son, and Spirit; he’s infinite, holy, eternal, sovereign, all-knowing, omnipresent, just, loving, good, merciful, faithful, kind and he never changes. How would we survive the storms of life without this bedrock knowledge of our God?
But we don’t simply know facts about God, we can know him personally. The Lord of glory lays bare his thoughts, joys, longings, griefs and sorrows with us. He whispers to us, “This is the way you should go,” and even leaks his plans for the future to us.
He reveals himself to us through his love letter, the Bible. He communes with us when we’re praying and singing songs to him. He speaks to us through preaching and teaching and prophecy and books and the encouraging words of our brothers and sisters.
Isn’t it amazing that our Creator delights in our knowing him?
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