Season 2, Episode 10
For Friday, August 14, 2015
“Two Important Questions About God”
Welcome to The New You, where we focus on maintaining and accentuating the new that Christ has created in you. I’m Robert Hatfield, and here is today’s scripture:
Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
There are two questions that affect both time and eternity. They are both about God. They are both extremely personal, and you must answer them both. Intrigued? Here they are:
Do I know God?
Does God know me as His child?
Your life’s purpose and your hope for eternity is entire based upon how you answer those two questions. Do you know your answers to those questions?
** First, do I know God? ** Earlier this week, we noticed that God has made Himself known to us. While there is much about God that we cannot comprehend (because He is a spirit and we are mortals), there is a vast amount of knowledge that God has revealed about Himself, and it’s all readily accessible in His Word.
God has so revealed Himself to us that Paul said that
… His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse (Rom. 1:20).
Failure to study God’s Word lead to spiritual death. The Bible is clear that we are to study (2 Tim. 2:15) and grow (2 Pet. 3:18) so that we can draw closer to God (James 4:8). Ignorance is no excuse.
Do I know God? When Paul preached in Athens on Mars Hill, he exclaimed that God has made all people, and He wants them to
seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us (Acts 17:27).
** Second, does God know me as His child? ** There is no question as to whether God knows me.
There is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account (Heb. 4:13).
The question is, “Does God know me as His child?”. Jesus said that some people will be surprised on Judgment Day. They think that God knows them, but He doesn’t.
And then I will declare to them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Mat. 7:23).
They were religious. They certainly thought that they knew God, but they had not obeyed God so that He could know them as His child.
Let’s wrap it up: The Bible says that we are adopted into God’s family when we submit to Him in baptism (Gal. 3:26-27; Eph. 1:5). A life of dedication to Him continues to keep us in that wonderful relationship with God (1 John 1:7).
I want to know God, and I want God to know me as His child! The Bible is clear that God does know His children, and He expects His people to separate themselves from sin (2 Tim. 2:19).
So what are your answers to those two questions?
Memory Verse: We’ve been studying Acts 17:29 all this week, a beautiful passage about the Divine Nature.
Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising (Acts 17:29).
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