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Excerpt from Glory to God in the Highest

by Joel Hemphill

 

 

Scripture Clearly Teaches That God Can Be Known

There are awesome mysteries pertaining to the Eternal God which I do not pretend to have the answer to, neither will I speculate on them in this book. We should speak where the Bible speaks, and be silent where the Bible is silent, and not struggle with the unknowable.

“The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever...” (Deut. 29:29).

Moses is saying, there are secret things,and there are “revealed things.” The secret things belong to God only, but the revealed things belong to us. And God does reveal things in His word that were previously unseen.

“Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the Scripture” (Luke 24:45).

“When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth...and he will show you things to come” (John 16:13).

Don’t struggle with the “secret things,” but do grasp the “revealed things” and hold onto them tenaciously!

“Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good” (I Thess. 5:21).

Since God opened my understanding and revealed Himself to me in His word, yes, I see Jesus; he is our savior, redeemer, and Messiah (a high and exalted position), but I now see God our Father on every page of the Bible and He alone is the Supreme God. That is true Oneness. If you have questions and a teachable spirit, God has anointed me to help you see Him in His word. If you do not my hands are clean. God for sure did not inspire the writing of a Bible, made up of sixty-six books, with 31,000 verses, and fail to reveal Himself in it!

God Is Knowable

I hear ministers of different persuasions say “God is unknowable,” but that is gross error! Please don’t make that mistake. It is an insult to an all-wise God to say that He made us to be His sons and daughters, but did not give us enough intelligence to know and understand Him.

“But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgement, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the Lord” (Jer. 9:24).

The Lord God is saying two things in the preceding verse:

1. If you boast in anything or rejoice over anything, boast and rejoice in this; that you “understand and know me, that I am the Lord!” That is knowing who your God is! Listen to the cry of God’s heart at the beginning of the book of Isaiah:

“Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the Lord hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider” (Isaiah 1:2-3). God is saying, if the ox has sense enough to know his owner, and the ass his crib, then we should have sense enough to know Him.

If the awesome God of the Bible, God our Father, is unknowable, the great apostle Paul was certainly not aware of it:

“Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Rom. 1:19-20).

The confusion in Christianity as to the identity of the One Most High Creator God is inexcusable. In the Old Testament over 10,000 singular pronouns and verbs are used in reference to Almighty God (“I, Me, He, Him” never “We, They, Them”), proving to any reasonably intelligent person that the God of the Old Testament is one entity, being, person. In the New Testament there are over 1300 references to “God” when the writer is clearly not speaking of Jesus, teaching us that Jesus the Son of God is not the “God” of the New Testament.

2. The second thing that God is saying in Jeremiah chapter nine is this: Rejoice and boast in what you know about me:

“I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgement, and righteousness, in the earth...in these things I delight” (Jer. 9:24).


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