10/23/2010

Do you Realize God is Incomprehensible?

The incomprehensibility of God is perhaps something we Christians may not realize about God. What does this mean? We can't ever know or understand God exhaustively, even though we can have a true, meaningful, and personal knowledge of God. Thus, God is both incomprehensible, and yet knowable.

Psalm 145:3 says, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable." In fact, not only can we ever not know everything there is to know about God, we can never know everything there is to know about even one aspect of God's character or work. Why? It's because God is infinite and we humans are finite (and also very much affected/blinded/biased/prejudiced by our sin even after being a Christian for years). So, God will always be beyond our human ability to know exhaustively.

What then are the implications and the application of the incomprehensibility of God? We should always be in awe with a heart of wonder, and be deeply humbled, realizing that there will always be more to learn of His incomprehensible greatness. We should especially be humble toward others, and not insist on what we think and believe by imposing upon others what they may not yet be able or ready to digest.

This is adapted and summarized from the ESV Study Bible from the section: What it means to know God.

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