Knowability of God - Can we really know God? How much of God can
1.What do we mean by incomprehensible? That
is, that God is infinite and we are finite. We can never fully understand
God. - Ps. 145:3; Ps. 147:5; Ps. 139:6; Rom. 11:33
2.These verses also help us understand that we can
never fully understand any single thing about God. Is. 55:9; Job 11:7,
3.Although we can know something about God�s love,
power, wisdom, and so forth. But we can never know these completely or
4.The good thing about this is that we can never
know too much about God, we will never run out of things to learn about
Him. We will have all eternity to go on increasing in our knowledge of
the Almighty, and delighting ourselves more and more in Him. Ps.
139:17 This should encourage us to a life time of study.
1.Just because we cannot know God exhaustively, we
can know things about God that are true. Everything that Scripture has to
say about God is true.
2.Many believe that we cannot know God, but
Scripture refutes this idea. In fact we read in the book of Jeremiah:
Thus saith the LORD,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in
his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understand and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness,
judgment, and righteousness, in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the LORD
- Jer. 9:23-24
3.Jesus Christ was sent so that we may come to
know the Father. John 17:3; I John 5:20, I John 2:13; (see also Gal. 4:9;
Phil 3:10; I John 2:3, 4:8)
4.As Christians we have a personal relationship
with God a far greater privilege than mere facts about God. We can speak
to God in prayer, and He speaks to us through His Word. We enter His
presence, sing His praise, and know that He personally dwells among us and
within us - John 14:23. This is the greatest of the blessings of the Christian
Existence of God - How do we know that God exists?
How do we know that God exists? This is a two-fold
answer: 1: All people have a inner sense of God. 2:
Evidence that is revealed and confirmed in the Scriptures.
A.Humanity�s Inner Sense of God
1.All people have a inner sense that God
exists. Rom. 1:21, 1:19
2.Yet people deny this inner sense. Ps.
14:1, 53:1, 10:3-4
3.According to these Scriptures it is sin that has
caused people to think irrationally and to deny God�s existence.
4.Paul also affirms that sin cause people to deny
their knowledge of God, that they are without excuse. Rom. 1:18, 1:20
(see also Rom 1:23, 25, 28, 32)
5.It is only as a Christian that we become fully
aware of the existence of God. We come to know God as our loving Father -
Rom. 8:15. It is through the Holy Spirit that bears witness that we are
His children - Rom. 8:16. We know that Jesus lives in our hearts - Eph.
317; Phil 3:8, 10; Col. 1:27; John 14:23
B.Believing the Evidence in Scripture and Nature
1.No where does the Bible seek to give evidence
that God exist. On the contrary, it totally assumes that God
exists. The very first verse in Genesis states �In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth�
2.The world also gives abundant evidence of God�s
existence. Rom. 1:20
3.Nature gives future evidence to the existence of
God - Acts 14:17
a)rains and fruitful seasons
b)food and gladness
4.King David: 1 The heavens declare the glory
of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. 2 Day unto day uttereth
speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. -
a)He claims that to look up and see the sky, sun,
moon, and stars, day or night that they continually declare the existence of
God. That their beauty and greatness is due to a wise Creator who made
them and sustains them in their order.
5.All of these evidences can be viewed as concrete
proofs for the existence�s of God. Just because certain people groups
reject them does not mean that it is invalid in itself, only that they are
evaluating then information wrongly. Their minds and hearts have been
blinded by sin.
C.Traditional �Proofs� for the Existence of God
Their are four traditional views for the existence of
God. They have been constructed by Christians (and non-Christian)
philosophers. Throughout history they have sought to analyze the evidence
(mostly from nature) in a logical and precise way. They have made every
effort to be extremely careful. Their goal was to persuade people that it
is irrational to claim that God does not exist. Wayne Grudem
explains them this way:
1.The cosmological argument -
considers the fact that every know thing in the universe has a cause.
Therefore, it reasons, the universe itself must also have a cause, and the
cause of such a great universe can only be God.
2.The teleological argument - is
really a subcategory of the cosmological argument. It focuses on the
evidence of harmony, order, and design in the universe, and argues that its
design gives evidence of an intelligent purpose (the Greek word telos means �end� or �goal� or �purpose�).
Since the universe appears to be designed with a purpose, there must be an
intelligent and purposeful God who created it to function this way.
3.The ontological argument - begins
with the idea of God, who is defined as a being �greater than which nothing can
be imagined.� It then argues that the characteristic of existence must
belong to such a being, since it is greater to exist than not to exist.
(The stem ont- in �ontological� is derived from a
Greek word that means �being�).
4.The moral argument - begins from
man�s sense of right and wrong, and of the need for justice to be done, and
argues that there must be a God who is the source of right and wrong and who
will someday mete out justice to all people.
5.As Christians we know that the universe does
have God as its cause, and it does show evidence of purposeful design, and God
has given us a sense of right and wrong and a sense that his judgment is coming
D.Only God Can Overcome Our Sin and Enable Us to
Be Persuaded of His Existence
1.2 Cor. 4:4, 1 Cor. 1:21, 1 Cor. 2:5 - Unless we
turn to God, and repent of our sins and receive forgiveness we will not be able
to evaluate the evidence rightly.