All I Need to Know About God, I See in Jesus


All I Need to Know About God, I See in Jesus

OK, I’ll admit there is a problem here. I could easily have written “All I need to know about God I find in the Bible (the Old and New Testaments.)” I could have written it, because it is also true.  

However, at the end of the day, God is more than a truth revealed in the pages of a book. God is a Person, fully revealed (Yes, through the Bible!)  in the Person of Jesus Christ. The Bible, as God’s Word, is clear that God is fully revealed in Jesus. In other words, the Book does not tell me that God is revealed in a book. The Book tells me that God is most fully and finally revealed in a Person, in Jesus, as we know Him in this book.

OK then why do I read the Old Testament? (I read from the Psalms almost every day.) Because in the Psalms and the rest of the Old Testament God is revealed, but in a way that leaves me hungering for more. In the Old Testament, God is revealed incompletely, in bits and pieces. He is revealed like flowers strewn along the path, and the path leads to a wonderful garden (Jesus).

If you learn the correct truth that God is revealed in a book (the Bible), but do not learn from the Bible the Supreme truth, that God has come pursuing you in Jesus, you will think that truth is something you can manage and tailor to yourself, like other concepts you get from books.  But once you understand that Eternal Truth and Godhead has become a flesh and blood person in Jesus of Nazareth (as he is revealed in Scripture) and that this person through His Spirit is pursuing you, everything changes!

You hear Jesus saying things like this to you:

“Behold I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him ad have supper with him and him with me.” Revelation 3:20.

“Whoever has seen me has seen the Father.” John 14:9.

“I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

“I am the good shepherd, I know my sheep, and my sheep know me.” John 10:14

“Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30.

“I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6“

OK, I cannot truly know Jesus unless I read the whole Bible! That’s because, he came to earth in fulfillment of Old Testament promises, and when he speaks, the Old Testament background permeates his words so that we cannot fully understand them without knowing the Old Testament.

Still I know God only through Jesus (as He is revealed in the Bible!)

Paul calls him the “image of the invisible God.” Colossians 1:15.

The letter to the Hebrews says: “ In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.” Hebrews 1: 1-2.

Jesus is the revelation of the One Eternal God. He is speaking to you right now, pursuing you right now. Pray to Him. Seek Him who is seeking you. Read the Bible, His Word. Seek Him. Above all, let Him find you!

Winfield Casey Jones is a retired pastor and can be reached at wrjones2002@gmail.com. This column first appears in the Pearland and Friendswood Reporter News.

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