Coming to Know Him

Numbers 23:19, God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act?

Witnessing, preaching, and teaching are all interesting in that we start out talking about the One we do not know and yet who knows us perfectly. Since we do not know Him we inadvertently preach ourselves in that we tell what we believe God is like, actually making Him out to be in our image. So many times a judgmental person will preach that God is vengeful. The perfectionist will make God out to be all about the Law. The rejected will make God a rejecting God that is impossible to please with more and more work being required. Actually, preaching more often than not reveals more about the preacher than it ever does God. Therefore, God must step in, for we are in His image and can reveal something of Him. Again, “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” Often this revealing will take the form of breaking down any false concept that we have attributed to God. For example, if the legalist believes God is all about the Law, God will lift His hand and let the legalist break himself against his own rules. If one believes that God will refuse to forgive certain sins, he may find himself in that very sin. God does nothing that is not redemptive or apart from the context of the fact that He is love. He merely would like us to understand and represent what and whom He really is when we are talking to others about Him. Look at the Apostles. God turned out to be something at the end of their lives that confounded what they thought He was in the beginning of their lives. The Religion makes too much of the Apostles’ and Saints’ sacrifices, because whatever it was they had given—even if giving up their lives—it is not to be compared to what was received.

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