Here the Son of God is correcting the Jewish leaders of His day. The religious people Jesus was speaking to here knew the law/Word of God, yet vainly thought they could mentally assent to and keep the letter of the law of God without coming to know the living LORD Himself – the Person. To this type of heart, He will never reveal himself. They were hardened in heart and didn’t want to repent of their sinfulness which would be a prerequisite for knowing God, who is holy (Mark 7:1-23; John 15:22, etc.).
A wise man once stated; It is one thing to know the Word of God, it is another thing to know the God of the Word.
God gave to us His Word as a window through which we see Him (Luke 24:27, 44). He is integrally involved in opening our understanding that we might know Him more intimately:
“Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory? And beginning at *Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” Luke 24:25-27
“And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures.” Luke 24:44-45
“Moses,” “the prophets,” and the “Psalms” always refer to the written Word of God, namely the Old Testament Scriptures (Acts 24:14; 26:22; Ephesians 2:20, etc.).
When the Scriptures are opened, Christ is revealed – brought forth into focus on the center stage of our hearts. God is all about opening to us His Word that we might behold a glimpse of Jesus Christ.
Several verses in the New Testament Scriptures reveal that Jesus Christ is the Word of God (John 1:1, 14; 1:2; Rev. 19:13). Jesus is the Person who is revealed in all the Scriptures, from Genesis to Revelation. He is the central Theme of all of Scripture.
Jesus Christ is the revelation of God – the Word of God, that is, God’s expression to man (John 1:1, 14:9; Heb. 1:1-3). The personhood and nature of God is clearly revealed to us in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ who is “the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person.” (Hebrews 1:3) He chose to reveal Himself to us through words. The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Word of Life, and has given to us His eternal Word, is the perfect and permanent portrait of God.
“…he that hath seen me hath seen the Father…” John 14:9
May God open our hearts through His Word and by His Spirit, that we might know and love Him supremely. The Psalmist prayed and we should also; “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.” Psalms 119:18
**THERE ARE so many who claim to have a revelation or a word from God. God gave us HIS revelation in HIS WORD – the 66 glorious books in the blessed, divinely inspired canon of His written Word! That’s final authority, period! He says His written Word is even more authoritatively divine than is His own audible voice speaking to us from Heaven. Am I making this up? See here Seeing Christ in the Scriptures
“Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
—— OUR knowledge of God is limited to our personal knowledge of His Word and yet, knowing the letter of His Word does not guarantee our personal knowledge of Him. The affections of our hearts must of necessity be engaged (Psalms 27:4, 8; Jeremiah 30:21; Colossians 3:1-3; Philippians 3:10, etc.). “The knowledge of the holy” is only possible by the initiating grace of God and our voluntary participation with Christ – being dead and buried with Him and raised up by Him (Proverbs 9:10; 30:3; Romans 6:3-4; Philippians 3:7-10; 2 Corinthians 4:10-12; 1 John 4:9-10, 19, etc.). Knowing the LORD is to be much more than initial salvation. It involves a “daily” setting aside of self and taking up the cross to walk with Jesus, worshiping Him both “in spirit and in truth” – that is, knowing He who “is a Spirit” in the spirit and according to His holy truth – Word (John 4:23-24). Please share.
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