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Knowing God
June 18, 2017      |     By: Jonathan Brickley      |      Category: Sermons

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Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)
23 This is what the Lord says:
“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom or the strong boast of their strength or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this: that they have the understanding to know me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.

I Corinthians 1:27-31 (NIV)
27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong.
28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are,
29 so that no one may boast before him.
30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption.
31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

How Does An Invisible God Make Himself Known?
1) Creation -  His Invisible Attributes (Eternal Power, Divine Nature) - Romans 1:20
Romans 1:20 (NIV)
20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.

2) Jesus - His image/ character / emotional attributes - Colossians 1:15
Colossians 1:15 (NIV)
15 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

3) Spirit - His thoughts / mind / opinions - I Corinthians 2:10-12
I Corinthians 2:10-12 (NIV)
10 these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.
11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
12 What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.

4) The Bible - the Book the Spirit wrote - not primarily for answers or wisdom.  Read primarily to know God

5) The Church - I Corinthians 2:14
I Corinthians 2:14 (NIV)
14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.

Greatest Sacrifice for God?
Hosea 6:3-6 (ESV)
3 Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; his going out is sure as the dawn; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.”
4 What shall I do with you, O Ephraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.
5 Therefore I have hewn them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth, and my judgment goes forth as the light.
6 For I desire steadfast love and not sacrifice, the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.

Greatest Achievement for Paul:
Philippians 3:7-11 (NIV)
7 But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.
8 What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ
9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God on the basis of faith.
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.

We inherit eternal life through knowing Him:
John 17:3 (NIV)
3 Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

We do NOT inherit eternal life if we don't:
Matthew 7:23 (NIV)
23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

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