How to Truly Know God

The Difference Between Knowing About God and Knowing Him

 People in the community of faith often speak of “knowing God”, not just knowing about God, or thinking about God, but knowing him personally. How does a finite, imperfect human being come to know the all-powerful, omnipotent and perfect God and Father of all Creation?
            Jesus gives us the answer when he states, “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27, italics added)
            Jesus teaches us that only the Father knows the Son and only the Son knows the Father. The Greek word translated as “know” in both instances is a word that means “to know fully”. This word can also mean to recognize, realize, perceive, come to understand.  A similar word is used in the Greek when describing how the disciples on the Road to Emmaus were not able to recognize Jesus. It says in Luke 24:16 that “they were kept from recognizing him.”
So what Jesus is saying is that only the Son really understands and recognizes God for who he is and only the Father recognizes the Son for who He truly is. It is an exclusive relationship between Father and Son, with one exception. Jesus says, “no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.” (Matthew 11:27)
So how do we come to know God for ourselves? We know God through the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who reveals the Father to us so that we can truly recognize who God is and, just as importantly, who He is not.
What makes knowing God different from knowing any other topic or area of interest is that knowing God comes through revelation, not just head knowledge. We can learn a lot of information about a variety of topics – gardening, personal finances, scrapbooking, counseling, exercise, foreign languages…the list can go on forever. We have a lot that can be learned.
Yet all the knowing in our heads and even studying about God can never produce what Jesus wants to give us – revelation. Revelation is different from head knowledge in that goes beyond facts into the realm of personal, experiential relationship. You can look up facts and figures about a famous celebrity, politician or person of antiquity. You can even become an “expert” in a field and earn a doctorate for your depth of knowledge and yet never have met the person you have studied so well. 
The same holds true with God. You can memorize Bible verses and passages, go to church, Sunday school, Christian conferences and concerts and yet not know God.  The religious leaders of Jesus day were prime examples of people who knew about God but were not able to recognize him. Jesus said to them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me” (John 5:39)
How is that possible? How can it be that the people who have studied about God the most could not recognize God when He was standing right in front of them?
It is because knowing God comes through revelation, not information. And the revelation of God the Father has come to us through his Son Jesus Christ. Therefore, if you really want to “know God” for yourself in a deeper and more meaningful way, you can start by looking to the words and life of Jesus and praying for greater revelation. “Jesus, reveal to me the heart of my Father.”

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