Summary: To know God well is the greatest treasure of life, but this treasure isn’t on the surface and found by intellect, it’s deeper and only found by our spirit
To know God well is the greatest treasure of life, but this treasure isn’t on the surface and found by intellect, it’s deeper and only found by our spirit
Col 2:2-3 ...That they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of (divine) wisdom and (the) knowledge (of God). NIV
To many, God is a complete mystery. The Bible confirms that God is indeed a mystery. But the word mystery simply means something that is not directly understandable or knowable to natural human intelligence. For reasons that will become clear, God had to hide Himself to our natural faculties while at the same time making Himself freely available and knowable to all, in Christ, if we are willing to go to our deep to find Him.
The unsaved and unspiritual Christian look to their brains to find God and do not find Him
In how many different ways does God, who is a Spirit, try to tell us that He cannot be found or known by the human intellect, which is part of our irrevocably fallen human nature? And yet most Christians still insist on trying to grow spiritually, that is to know God better, through the reasoning faculties of their own intelligence; which is impossible.
Prov 3:5 …Do not lean on your own understanding;
Prov 23:4 …Cease from your own wisdom. KJV
1 Cor 2:14 But the natural man (including the natural part of a Christian) does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they seem absurd to him; nor can he know them (that way) because they are spiritually discerned.
Matt 11:25 Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and learned (the intelligent and educated) and have revealed them to (spiritual) babies”.
These are God’s own words; we can’t find Him with our natural minds, because He has hidden Himself from that part of us. But He can be abundantly found and Hr eagerly reveals Himself to our spirits, the part of us He has or wants to re-birth as His children.
Matt 11:27 (Jesus) ...Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him. (well, isn’t this discrimination? No:)
1 Tim 2:3-4 ...God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the truth (everyone can be saved but few choose to be. why?)
1 Cor 1:26 Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you.
Why does God say so few naturally intelligent, rich and influential people in fact enter the kingdom of heaven? Because they put trust in their own intelligence, wealth or power and won’t become and see themselves as little spiritual children in order to receive the much higher wisdom, riches and power of God. It’s our human pride over what we are or possess naturally that poses the greatest barrier to our being born again as a Christian, and then if so, growing in the knowledge of God; since all growth comes on an above-natural plane.
We can’t know God by use of reason, He opens our hearts to know Him, if we accept this
Luke 24:32 ...He (Jesus) opened to us the scriptures. KJV
Luke 24:45 He (Jesus) opened their understanding, to comprehend the Scriptures.
Acts 16:14 ...The Lord opened her heart, and she accepted what Paul was saying.
Were these people randomly selected by God to receive spiritual revelation? Not at all:
Prov 1:23 If you will turn and at My reproof (from trying to know me your own way), I will pour out my Spirit upon you, I will make my words known to you.
1Cor2:9-10 Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has it entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. (Do you love Him, first?)
Prov20:27 The spirit of a man is the lamp of the LORD (the only place where God reveals Himself), searching all the inner depths of his heart (not our heads)
It is a plain Bible fact that God is not knowable to the human intellect, either initially in order to be converted or subsequently in order to grow as a Christian. My Christian life will flourish enormously the moment I fully accept and live in accordance with this fact.
Human reason, which is designed by God to process knowledge obtained through the five physical senses, can neither directly know God nor His will, since both require God to reveal them to our spirit. We can only know that God exists by use of reason, from the evidence of creation. Our spirit or heart is the only part of us designed by God to receive His revealed knowledge of Himself, then communicates this knowledge to our intellect.