Do You Know God?

This is a personal question that everyone wishing to go to heaven should take time to reflect upon and answer. The Creator has done a lot to make a relationship with him and every person possible. If this question is not answered in this life it will be in the life to come. You should know something about God…

Because of what you’ve SEEN.  Just look all around you. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork” (Ps. 19:1). God created the world and everything in it in six literal days (Gen. 1:26-31; Heb. 11:3). Through creation we know that God exists. Creation speaks of his great power, knowledge and wisdom, leaving everyone without excuse (Rom. 1:19-20).

Because of what you’ve WITNESSED. “Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:17). We have witnessed how God takes care of this world and gives it everything it needs. It is his sunshine and rain that nourishes this planet that we call home (Matt. 5:45).

Because of what you’ve EXPERIENCED.  We have all experienced the principles of “sowing and reaping.” Older folk used to say, “Baby, what goes around, comes around.” We know that one cannot live a life of doing wrong without reaping the consequences. Only God could make this so. “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Gal. 6:7; Jer. 32:19).

Because of what you’ve HEARD. We have heard the gospel. “But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world” (Rom. 10:18; 1:16). We have heard of the living God and of his Son’s sacrifice for our redemption (Rom. 5:8; Eph. 1:7). We have also heard of the two eternal destinies of man (Matt. 7:13-14; 25:34,41,46).

It is comforting knowing things about God. However, knowing about God is not enough and is not the same as knowing God. “They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate” (Tit. 1:16). Only through a life of commitment to the truth of God’s word can one truly know him. “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (1 John 2:3-4).

 

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