Truly knowing God begins with accepting His salvation. Without the sacrifice of Jesus, we are dead in sin (Colossians 2:13). A dead person cannot raise himself to life in order to come to know anyone. However, once we have accepted the gift of Christ through faith, we can begin to truly know God. The wonder of salvation is that we are not only saved out of an eternity in hell, but to a life in Christ. We are invited into fellowship with God (John 17:20-26), made part of His family (Romans 8:15-17).
After salvation, knowing God starts with hearing what He has to say about Himself. Though we cannot know God fully in this lifetime (Isaiah 55:8-9; 1 Corinthians 13:12), we can know Him in part. He has revealed certain things about Himself to us. We find these revelations in God’s written Word—the Bible—and the Word incarnate—Jesus. We also glean them through creation, which is His general revelation to all (Romans 1:20). Believers have been given the Holy Spirit so that we can make sense of God’s Word and perceive the things He reveals to us (John 16:13).
The Word of God is given primarily to us, not for intellectual stimulation. We cannot study the Bible like a book of Chemistry or a novel, this is not the way God intended it to be. God want us to study His Word in a way that it will apply to our lives first: to equip us for a better living, and for more effective ministry work. If you have not allowed the Word of God to work in your life, please, do not bother to use it to teach others “Now the purpose of the commandment is love from a pure heart, from a good conscience, and from a sincere faith, 6from which some, having strayed, have turned aside to idle talk, 7desiring to be teachers of the law, understanding neither what they say nor the things which they affirm” 1TIMOTHY 1:5-8. Apostle Paul said, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” 2TIMOTHY 3:16-17NKJV.
Most Christians never seem to concern themselves with the deeper Truth of God, which is the more reason they fall into error. We can only receive the deeper Truth of God according to the measure of our spiritual growth as we surrender our will to Him. The more we allow Holy Spirit to bring to light the Word of God into our heart, the more we overcome giants in our lives, and the more we grow to the stature of Christ. What are these giants? All unfruitful works of darkness (GALATIANS 5:19-21). Our life in Christ does not stop only at been born again; but if we refused to grow, we shall remain in a baby level. Babies cannot chew meat; and if you remain a baby all your life, where they feed you with anointing oil, prayer points list, anointed water, apron, people’s pictures for you to be praying with, and handkerchiefs, which is the condition of most believers today. Then, you will be toss to and fro by every wind of doctrine that comes your way. If our concern is only to become born again, and falls into a routine of: “my sins are forgiven, and I am on my way to Heaven, full stop. My job is to bring others to the place where their sins can be forgiven, and they are on their way to Heaven, full stop. In addition, others too should witness to others, full stop.” Assuming this was the case, then, majority section of the scripture should be removed, and thrown away, because we do not need them.
Humanly speaking, if a baby is born, and the mother refused to feed and nourish it with care, food and other things necessary, in no time, the baby would become malnourished and may die eventually. Let us ask ourselves, why are there so many doctrines and teachings in the New Testament? ANSWER: God does not want us to stop with the forgiveness of sins alone. God does not want us to stop with been born again and drinking milk alone. He wants us to grow up into maturity on earth; and the more we grow into maturity, the more effective our testimonies on earth are, for the Lord. EPHESIANS 1:4 says “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, (not only to be Born Again), that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love (THERE IS A LIFE, AFTER BORN AGAIN”
God is not only involving in a program of taking people mainly to Heaven, we need to understand that. He is also involving in program where there must be a powerful matured testimony for Christ on earth, in place after place after place call a local church. The Book of Ephesians deals with a Heavenly life on earth. A Church and a Christian can fulfill its functions on earth only if they are heavenly minded. The more heavenly minded we are, the more we can fulfill Gods purpose for us on earth. The more Heavenly minded a church is, the more she can fulfill Gods purpose for her on earth. The earthly minded we are, the more useless we become to fulfill God’s purposes on earth for our lives, even if we say we are going to Heaven when we die. Unfortunately, this is what is happening in the Christendom. You must be Heavenly minded while living on earth, as God said in the Book of DEUTERONOMY 11:21 “Your days on earth shall be like your days in heaven.”
Along with reading Scripture, we also engage in things like prayer, fellowship, and worship. God desires to have a personal and intimate relationship with us. We grow that relationship as we would any other – through time, conversation, sharing our hearts. We study the truth of the Word and also pay attention to our experiences. We ask God for His guidance. Jesus said, “And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened” (Luke 11:9-10). We have been invited to seek God. We can do so boldly (Hebrews 4:16).
We also come to know God by obeying Him. Jesus said, “Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. … You are my friends if you do what I command you. …You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another” (John 15:4, 14, 16-17). When we obey someone, we begin to understand his desires. When we obey God, we also experience the blessings He has for us because His commands are meant for our good. Abiding in God is one way we come to know Him; and when we do, our attitudes and actions will begin to reflect God’s character (Matthew 12:33; Galatians 5:22-24; Ephesians 2:10).
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) sums up the key to truly knowing God: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” First, we must have faith to believe in God. Then we must understand His character – that He has good things in store for us. Finally, we must seek Him earnestly. We are called to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Knowing Him is a life response to His love for us. As we engage daily life, we do so with God on our hearts and in our minds (Colossians 3:17).