Roots of the Faith – The Knowability of God

My notes for Wednesday night, Jan 4th. Remember, these are my personal study notes and not a manuscript of the sermon. They are provided as an outline each week for our Tabernacle Church family. Our study over the next few months will be “The Roots of the Faith.” This study will focus on key biblical truths that will transform our thinking and allow us to faithfully live out the Christian life. The church provides a live stream of the service each Wednesday at 6:30 on Facebook. We also provide the services through YouTube. You can find Sermon Notes, Family Devotional Guides, Prayer List, and other resources at our Church Website.

Resources for this Study

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg R. Allision

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine – Wayne Grudem

Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth – John MacArthur & Richard Mayhue

Can we really know God?

How much of God can we know?

Because of his self-revelation, God can be known, but never fully understood, by his human creatures

Gregg Allision, page 65


Deut. 29:29; Job 11:7-8; Psalm 19:1-4; Jeremiah 9:23-24; Matthew 11:27; John 17:3; Acts 17:22-31; Romans 1:18-25; 1 Corinthians 13:12; 1 John 5:20

God reveals Himself to man

If we are to know God at all, it is necessary that he reveal himself to us.  Even when discussing the revelation of God that comes through nature, Paul says that what can be known about God is plain to people “because God has shown it to them” (Rom 1:19)

“No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matt. 11:27)

General Revelation – God’s disclosure of Himself to all peoples at all time and in all places (Gregg Allison, page 66)

  • There is a God (creation)
  • Old Covenant – Visions, Dreams, Divine Speech

Special Revelation – God’s disclosure of Himself to particular peoples at particular times and in particular places. (Gregg Allison, page 66)

  • New Covenant – The incarnation, Scripture
  • Salvation.  The way to God.
  • The Spirit of God
  • The Word of God

We can never fully understand God

Because God is infinite, and we are finite or limited, we can never fully understand God.

  • Psalm 145:3
  • Psalm 147:5
  • Rom. 11:33

Because we can never fully know God, then that means that we should never stop learning. We can never know too much about God!

  • Col. 1:9-10

Yet we can know God truly

Because of the New Covenant/The Gospel we can TRULY KNOW Him.

  • John 17:3, Hebrews 8:11, 1 John 2:13

Indeed, truly knowing God himself, which is what happens in this personal relationship with God the Father, with God the Son, and with God the Holy Spirit, may be said to be the greatest of all the blessings of the Christian life.

Wayne Grudem, page 181

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