Knowing God BetterBro. David Chancellor
10/4/2009 6:00 PM
Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
Both Jesus and the Holy Spirit are sent so that we can know God in a greater way than the ones in the Old Testament did. Jesus didn’t just come so God would be with us, but to reveal God to us. Jesus did many things that are obviously beyond the realm of human capability. He came so we could know that God has come to be with us.
God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;
The prophets help us to know Jesus was coming and a bit about God. Jesus was God come down to man. You could see God in him. He introduces us to God in a greater way than any before him. He reveals the wonder of who God is and what he can do. He purges us from our sin and that’s something the prophets couldn’t do. He revealed God to mankind.
For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him 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:
"Who is the image of the invisible God…" We’ve only seen of God what Jesus has revealed of him to us. Jesus makes the invisible God visible to us. We want to increase in our knowledge of God. God is revealed to us by Jesus and without Jesus we won’t get to know him. Through Jesus we can be reconciled and communicate with God ourselves and expect answers.
In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
The 70 rejoiced because they had seen the power of God in them. Jesus rejoiced because it had been revealed to them. God had hidden some things from some because they were thinking too hard. God revealed it to the common folks that would believe and trust. If we’ll listen to the prophets, we’ll be able to see that Jesus is the one. You won’t know God unless Jesus reveals him to you. That’s why Jesus came, to show us who God is so that we can know him.
Jesus cried and said, He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Jesus points us back to God. If we believe on him, we’re believing on God. He reveals God, what he’s like, who he is and what his purpose is. God wants to receive those that come to him in humility and repentance. We all need God. If we turn to him with all our heart, he loves us and will get closer to us faster than we can get to him. When we turn to him, he’ll come running to us.
Philip saith unto him, Lord shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe in me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake.
Philip’s question was a real disappointment. Jesus had been with them 3 years and they still hadn’t figured it out. All of the disciples had seen Christ working and heard him teaching. They had heard the words of God through Jesus. God was present in Jesus.
"Believe in me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me…" The Spirit of God came on Jesus at his baptism and it established that God was there in Jesus. When we look at Jesus, we see God. Jesus pointed them to what God had laid out in the prophets.
Jesus gave his life to reconcile us to God. He’s the mediator between God and man.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more: but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Jesus reveals God to us and brings us to God. He gets closer and more personal; he lives in you. The Holy Spirit reveals God in you. We can see God in the things he does in us in our personal lives. God can be revealed in us to others. We can help to point people to God. People need God in them so that their walk with God can be all that it needs to be. "even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him…" This is for the saved, those that know God. Until you know him, you can’t know his Spirit.
I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. All things that the Father hath are mine: therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you. A little while, and ye shall not see me: and again, a little while, and ye shall see me, because I go to the Father.
The Spirit would show them later what they couldn’t handle then. He would show them (and us) the things of God. He helps us have a greater understanding of God.
The disciples were changed when the Spirit came. We want a revelation of God that reveals more of him to us and changes us. He wants us to have the glory, too. He wants to be real and personal to us.
We need God revealed in us and to us. We need to lift him up to the world. We need to point others to Jesus. Paul talked about how God revealed his Son to him. God spoke to Paul through Jesus directly. Paul got to know God in a way that he’d never known him as a Jew. God wants us to have the experience where we know him because of his abiding presence. God’s Spirit is there to reveal God to us and to draw us closer to him.