Knowing through Encounter

The risen and exalted Jesus encounters us personally as the one who is our salvation. Through this living encounter with Jesus by the Spirit we come to know the true God.  And as he repeatedly encounters us we know ever more deeply who God is as the mystery of Father, Son and Spirit. We do not seek to know the “real” divine being above or beyond Jesus. “No one has ever seen God.  It is God the only Son, who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known” (John 1: 18). Jesus is the one “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2: 3). We, therefore, know God only in him and not above or beyond him.

Jesus is not the starting place for knowing God that we must move beyond into deeper and fuller knowingJesus alone is our knowledge of God: it’s unique content and entire scope.  It is, therefore, only at the risk of going far away from the mystery of the Triune One that we move beyond Jesus trying to discover greater depth and height in other spheres.

We move into deeper and fuller knowing of the true God as Jesus himself encounters us again and again by the Spirit.  In this living encounter he opens to us the mystery that is Father, Son and Spirit.  And as he repeatedly opens himself to us in this living way we gaze on his glory and are transformed into his likeness with ever increasing glory.

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