How can we know the invisible God?
How can we know the invisible God?
Jesus Christ, the living Word, makes visible and knowable the invisible God.
God's Word is the Way and Means for Salvation, if anyone has ears to hear (Rom. 1:16). God's Word is Christ (John 1:1-3,14). The power of God is Christ (1 Cor. 1:24). The wisdom of God is Christ (1 Cor. 1:24). Christ says "I and the Father are One". (John 10:30). Who can separate the power and the wisdom of God from God?
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who being in the form of God thought it not robbery to be equal with God and made himself of no reputation but took upon himself the form of a servant and was made in the likeness of men" (Phil. 2:5-7). See Jesus' answer to Thomas "If you had known me, you should have known my Father also; and from now on you know Him, and have seen Him" (John 14:7). And He tells him again... "'He that has seen me has seen the Father; and so how can you say show us the Father'" (John 14:9). How are we to believe this? Christ says, of the Father, "He does the works." "Believe me for the very works sake" (John 14:10-11). If you do not believe His Word then believe His works, to know Christ is God. You have three choices, believe Him, believe His works, and or believe what is written about Him.
It is written that no one but God can do the things that Christ did. Was He recognized? "Then the Jews took up stones to stone Him" (John 10:31). Christ recognized that they were not His (John 10:27-29). Even after all the signs and the fulfillment of the prophesies of old, and even though they had eyes to see, they did not see, they did not know His voice. For they said: "For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God" (John 10:33). They recognized Him long enough to deny Him.
Scripture says: "God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). In "TRUTH" the Word of God says. What is Truth? God's Word is Truth (John 14:6). God's Word is Christ (John 1:1-3,14). Therefore in Him (Truth), we are able to give true worship to God. But before the "mystery" was revealed to Paul, God walked among His children and they did not know Him... those who did, did worship Him (Matt. 2:11; 8:2; 9:18; 14:33; etc.).
Man being three (yet one), the spirit, soul and body (1 Thess. 5:23), and in the image of God (Gen. 1:27), God in three ways expressed Himself to us. His Spirit (Holy Spirit) to our spirit, His flesh (as Son) to our flesh, and the voice of God, the Father was heard (and the Word spoken is written) that our soul and the souls of those who heard/hear may rejoice. (Matt. 28:19) Why? so that all three (of our one being) would be raised. The body to incorruption, the soul to immortality, the spirit made alive. (1 Cor. 15:22). They, who were bound to sin with nothing to look forward to but death... God has now raised from darkness to Light... IF we believe the gospel of our salvation... the Word of God... which says in part "In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins..." (Eph. 1:7).
Jesus Christ, the living Word, makes visible and knowable the invisible God. God, the only One Who can forgive sins, Who could not die unless taking Himself a body like ours, coming forth through the womb of woman, was born, died, and raised so that we may live and have eternal life with Him. (Acts 2:23). God our only Saviour, the only One Who can redeem man (Isa. 49:26), was nailed to the cross and being made a curse... in order to redeem us from the curse of the Law (Gal. 3:13), which man was bound. He had the power to lay His life down and the power to take it again (John 10:18). He received death in order to conquer death... and raised up to defeat Satan according to prophecy. God's salvation plan sets us free from the curse of the Law (sin, Rom. 6:14), free from death (Rom. 6:9,11), and free from belonging to Satan... (Eph. 1:13) all "according to the riches of His grace..." (Eph. 1:7)... by hearing "the gospel of your salvation" and believing (Eph. 1:13).
"In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Gen. 1:1). Who? "All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made" (John 1:3). Who is the "Him" referred to in this passage? "For by Him (Jesus Christ) were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers all things were created by Him and for Him." (Colossians 1:16). And all of you, who do not believe that Christ and the Father are One, know this, there is only One Who can redeem and only One Who is Lord and Saviour (Isa. 49:26) and only One Who can forgive sins (Psalms 103:3; Matt. 9:6). Those who believe Christ is NOT the Saviour or Redeemer will perish. There is no other way to the Father except through the Son. All things are being gathered together in Christ (1 Eph. 1:10).
God manifested Himself to His own (as Christ), to carry out His divine plan to redeem man. He did the things as written in the NT so we would know without a doubt that it was by the operation of God, and not humanly possible by any human man. It was/is proclaimed and it was written down for every generation to know, so that none of the faithful would be lost. The sinner is powerless to defeat sin, death and Satan. He can not rely on anything except God's plan of salvation to be set free. The Old Testament of God became living the day God sent John to "prepare the way" before Him. (Mal. 3:1). The Law and the Prophets were until John (Luke 16:16); the voice of one crying in the desert (Isa. 40:3). And all of you that hide in the Old Testament are hiding in darkness (where the Truth is veiled). The New Testament is the Light, the Living Word, and Life to those who believe. The unbelievers remain bound in sin and death and your father is Satan! It does not matter how you walk or what you say. Since the beginning of time God requires you to be obedient to His Word (2 Cor. 10:6). "obedience of Christ" (vs5).
Christ gives clue after clue He is the Lord God of the Old Testament. Jesus said, "Your father, Abraham, rejoiced to see my day; and he saw it and was glad" (John 8:56). The Jews respond. They said, "You are not yet fifty years old, and you have seen Abraham" (John 8:57). Verse 58 "Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I Am." "I Am" is God's identity in Exodus 3:14.
These things have I written unto you that believe on the Name of the Son of God that you may know that you have eternal life" (1 John 5:11-13). "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the nations, believed on in the world, received up into glory" (1Tim. 3:16)
"My soul thirsteth for God (Elohim), for the living GOD (EL)" (Psalm 42:2). Christ is the "Lord both of the dead and living". (Rom. 14:9).