Archive for Knowing God

Overhearing

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Knowing the Father through His Son

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Near God

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The Triune God of grace has done everything to be near us even though we did not want to be near him.

As you consider all that God has done do you sense any reticence in God to be near us?  Is he hesitant in any way?  Do you see any reluctance in God to draw near to us and to draw us near to him?

What is drawn out of you when you see God’s constant desire to be with us even though we did not want to be with him?

We who were distant from God are now brought near.  And near in a way we could never imagine.  We have access to the Father himself through the Son and in the Spirit.  And in that access we share in the Son’s own knowing of the Father as we cry Abba Father with the Son by the Spirit of God’s Son within.

Is it really true that we have access to the Father or that we would have access if only we tried harder?

Would you say there is now no distance at all between you and God?

What do you now want to say to your Father?

The Face of God

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Too many people live before a faceless deity.  This is the  remote and removed deity who has no face so show us.

Jesus is the Face of God.  In Jesus, God himself came into our own human flesh as one of us.  And as we look at him we see the Face of God.  We don’t paint the face of God onto the faceless deity out of our own darkness. The face of God himself has turned towards us in the human face of Jesus.

Have you ever lived before a faceless deity?

Thomas Torrance writes,

“When we look into the face of Jesus Christ and see there the very face of God, we know we have not seen and cannot see God anywhere else or in another way but in him, for he is God himself become human, and there is no God except the God who has come and meets us in Jesus”.

What stands out for you in those words?

God is not one thing in himself and another thing in Jesus. He has not shown us one face in Jesus but kept his real face hidden from us. How do you react to these words?

How would our life together in community be revolutionised if we came together only to gaze on the Face of God in Jesus?