Know God

By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in store houses. Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” (Psalm 33:6-9)

God, who is spirit (John 4:24), by the power of His word brought the universe into existence. All materiality had “beginning” with God. Yes, God created. The word “created” in the       Hebrew text (Genesis 1:1) is bara meaning, “Caused existence where previously to this moment there was no being. The rabbins, who are legitimate judges in a case of verbal criticism on their own language, are unanimous in  asserting that the word … bara expresses the commencement of existence of a thing, or egression from nonentity to       entity.”(1) This truth is borne out in the New Testament: “all things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.” (John 1:3) “Made” from ginomai means “to become, i.e. to come into existence, begin to be, receive being … of the origin of all things.”(2) God is the Creator (bara, Hebrew; ktizo, Greek) of all things!


Of all creation, man is unique  —  he alone is made in the image of the Creator. (Gen. 1:26-27) “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him?” (Ps. 3:3-4) “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things and for thy pleasure they are and were  created.” (Rev. 4:11)

Man’s existence, though he is small and insignificant materially in the universe, is not accidental nor vain. He has a purpose and a destiny. His life must be ordered in harmony with God’s design in order to enjoy the things that God has prepared for them that love Him. This order of life God has prescribed in His divine revelation. It was Solomon who “gave (his) heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven,” and concluded: “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.” (Eccl. 1:13, 12:13) Though man is successful in every other realm of activity, if he fails in his created purpose, he has  profited nothing  —  “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Matt. 16:26)

Knowing God

We must know God and place our confidence in Him. “Without faith it is  impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) To perfection we cannot know Him as He is. (Job 11:7) Yet we can know Him as completely as man is able to comprehend, as He is revealed unto us through the Son. (Matt. 11:27) “And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” (1 John 5:20)

This knowledge is obtained through the revelation of the Son (John 17:8). We know God and are known of God as we keep this word. “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. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected:  hereby know we that we are in him.” (1 John 2:3-5)

Failure To Know

A failure to know God and serve Him is to fail life itself! Yet millions are busy    every day with material affairs with no recognition of God at all! How tragic! When “the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire” He will take “vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power, when he shall come to be glorified with his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” (2 Thess. 1:7-10).

We implore you to take time in your busy schedule to know God. He is revealed in the book called the Bible. He speaks to us today through His Son, in the New Testament. (Heb. 1:1,9:15:15-17) Study to show yourself approved unto God (2 Tim. 2:15); order your life in His service! ~ Gospel Anchor

  1. Adam Clarke, Commentary, vol. III, p. 29.
  2. Henry Thayer, Greek-English Lexicon of the N. T., p. 115.