12/06/2010

How Do We Experience God?

A friend posted a question: How do we experience God?

Hebrews 1:3 says, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being." Colossians 1:15 says, "The Son is the image of the invisible God." Thus, we experience God through Jesus who is God (John 1:1-3). So, how do we experience Jesus?

My short answer is based on John 5:39 and Luke 24:27,44, where Jesus said that all the Scriptures testify (NIV) or bear witness (ESV) to Jesus himself (Jn 5:39), and that all the Scriptures concern Jesus (Lk 24:27).

So, perhaps the best way to experience God is not to depend on our ever fluctuating subjective emotions of how we feel him, but to prayerfully and humbly depend on Scripture as our ultimate guide to experiencing God. Also, 1 Corinthians 2 say that only the Holy Spirit is able to illuminate Scripture and open our hearts to a true knowledge of God (1 Cor 2:10-13).

Sometimes we may not feel or experience God's closeness, but Jesus promised those who live on mission that "I am with you always, to the very end of the age" (Matt 28:20).

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