“For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant . . .”
— Romans 11:25
Do you know God? Not just know about Him, but really know Him? Do you know that we can know God, for He has come into this world and revealed Himself to us through Jesus Christ?
Agnostics believe that God is essentially unknowable. Thomas Huxley coined the term “agnostic” in the nineteenth century. The term comes from two Greek words: gnosis (to know) and a (to take away). Although “agnostic” is a relatively new English word, its Greek equivalent occurs frequently in the Scriptures. Paul says, “I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant.” The word “ignorant” is a Latin word derived from the Greek word agnostis. “Agnostic” and “ignorant” mean exactly the same thing: “not to know God.”
While agnostics claim that any attempt to know God is futile, Scripture tells us differently. The Bible says that we can know God because He has revealed Himself to us. In Isaiah, Jehovah says, “I am Jehovah. I am God, and beside Me there is no other God.” He also says, “I am Jehovah, I am the Savior and beside me there is no Savior.” In the New Testament, we read of the One set forth as God: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” And Thomas knelt at the feet of Jesus and said, “My Lord and my God.” Luke tells us that “there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”
Jesus Christ is the “down-to-earth” revelation of God as expressed in the New Testament. He is none other than the great “I Am,” the great Jehovah, the Creator of the universe. God in the form of Jesus Christ has come to bring us out of the bondage of our sin through His sacrificial death.
You and I have the privilege of knowing God—the all-powerful, all-knowing Creator of the universe—on a personal level. Allow God to reveal Himself to you through Scripture, through Jesus Christ, and through the ways He touches your life today.