Is it possible to completely know God? The truth is, if we are completely honest with ourselves, especially considering the infinite God, we do not feel as though we can know God most of the time. We learn about God. We meet with God. We worship God, but the sad reality is that not even many Christians know what it is like to actually know God. Why? Is it because we cannot hear Him audibly? Is it because we cannot see Him? Is it because He may not even be there? Perhaps it is because our own human perception is so limited by the power of sin that, even if we tried, we cannot even begin to comprehend the person of God. In fact, it has never been clear to me that God would create humanity for a relationship with Him without also giving humanity the ability to comprehend Him.
In Genesis, chapter 3 and verse 6, we see the climax of the greatest horror story ever told. Mankind broke the only command that was given them by God and therefore removed them from a perfect relationship with God. That is just it. God created the world in perfection, therefore He must have also created humanity’s perception in perfection.
I remember going to Disney World a long time ago. That is all it is: a faint memory. I had an amazing time, yes. I will remember the experience forever, yes, but the memory becomes more and more faint as time goes on. After humanity broke its communion with God in the garden, it has become more and more difficult for us to perceive God. This means that, as time goes on, humanity will find it more and more difficult to perceive God and to understand Him. This, I believe, is why more and more people in the world are irreligious as time progresses. This is also why it is so important for God’s people to be the image of God in a world without God. There is hope for us, though, to gain communion and the ability to perceive God once again.
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah a second time, while he was still shut up in the court of the guard “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it- the Lord is his name: Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah that were torn down to make a defense against the siege mounds and against the sword: They are coming in to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill them with the dead bodies of men whom I shall strike down in my anger and my wrath, for I have hidden my face from this city because of all their evil. Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me. And this city shall be to me a name of joy, a praise and a glory before all the nations of the earth who shall hear of all the good that I do for them. They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it.”
Jeremiah 33:1-9 ESV
God establishes His creation
The word of God came to Jeremiah from God declaring the glory and the majesty of God who created everything. God told Jeremiah that He formed the earth in order to establish it. To establish is to initiate, bring about or achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for. So, God created with a purpose. He did not create because He was somehow bored. He did not create because He likes meticulous control and didn’t have anyone to control. God created so that He might achieve permanent acceptance or recognition for His creation. You might ask. If God created everything, would it not already have acceptance? Did God not create the world in perfection? If God did not create the world in perfection, can God really be perfect as we claim that He is?
Consider the account of creation in Genesis, chapter 1 and verse 1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.” The earth was formless and empty. Obviously, God chose to fill the earth, which means that God’s work is progressive. He did not just zap everything into existence. Yes, it was created in perfection, but it was not yet established. Justification was part of God’s plan from the very beginning, which means our redemption is included within God’s perfection. God, being infinite and perfect, does not delight in a robotic creation. What He makes must have the ability to overcome. In order to overcome, there must be something to overcome. That something is sin. When God brings this world from the darkness that consumes it, it will be established. Here is the great news, we can be established now by the work of the Holy Spirit by declaring Jesus Christ as our Lord and believing in our hearts that God raised Him from the dead, according to Romans, chapter 10 and verse 9. So, God is perfect. In fact, He is perfect to the highest extreme and He wants to establish us, and the only thing acceptable to God is something that represents perfection: something in His likeness. According to Romans, chapter 8 and verse 29, God predestined those whom He also foreknew to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus Christ. After we give our lives to Jesus Christ we are changed. God does change us. We are made perfect, progressively because all God’s work is progressive because God works to establish His creation.
Secret to knowing God
“Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”
Jeremiah 33:3 ESV
Is it any coincidence, at all, that God proclaims His own glory to Jeremiah before telling Him that, if Jeremiah asks, God would reveal to him great and unsearchable things?
I remember the night I declared Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life. Before I told God that I was in the wrong while living without Him and before I declared Christ the Lord of my life, I did not know God. I knew about God. I knew that there were others who claimed to know God, but I did not feel God. It was as if God did not even exist because His presence was not apparent in the world or in my life. Because of that, I was cynical toward the Christian faith: particularly toward the Church. Nevertheless, I answered God’s call to me through His Church. It wasn’t until I answered that call, until I gave my life to Christ, that I actually started knowing God on a personal level. The secret to knowing God is not much of a secret. We do not know God because we do not ask! Then, after starting a relationship with the God of the universe through the power of Jesus Christ, we can grow in relationship with God. We can again experience communion with God. We can, then, begin to perceive the person of God, and see Him more and more as we grow in relationship with Him. We answer God’s initial call, or respond to Him when He reveals Himself no matter the way in which He chooses to reveal Himself, and call out to Him, He will tell us great and unsearchable things. The greatest unsearchable thing, is God Himself and He wants us to know Him. He wants to know us on an intimate level. Do not settle for just knowing about God or for only settling for a moral standard that is imposed on us by a religious organization. We can know God!
Promise of restoration
Through the rest of the passage, God is telling Jeremiah of the restoration that He will bring to His people. The great thing about it is this: God acts redemptively with His people. When we begin our life under the lordship of Jesus Christ, God begins the process of restoring us to perfection and we will one day be perfect again and will live with God. He will be our God and we will be His people.
1. God wishes to establish His creation
2. We can know God
3. God promises to restore His people
4. A few words about confession