Would You Like to Know God?

John’s text continues as he mentions that John the Baptist testified concerning Jesus in verse 15, and then in 16-18 gives his own testimony about Him.

Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

John 1:16-18

John’s first statement is about the abundance of grace that we have received through relationship with Christ. Then, John expands on his statement, pointing out that while the Law was “given” grace and truth “came.” I think that’s worthy of a little thought, for as John has structured this, the Law is a rather top-down thing. The Law was handed down by God to Moses, and then from Moses to the people; the people could take it or leave it. They took it, and then for the most part, they left it; there was no relationship with Law, for Law just is. The result was that that very Law became their condemnation, not their salvation.

And then, grace and truth came to them…

Grace and truth came to them in a person; they could talk and laugh and cry and walk together; there is relationship with grace and truth, for grace and truth become a part of who we are as human beings; there is no fear in grace and truth.

In the remainder of this text, John reveals to us that through Jesus, God can be known to Man, for Jesus is Himself God. Through Jesus, therefore, we can have relationship with God, the Creator of everything: Grace and Truth.

Would you like to know God?

Get to know Jesus. Would you like to know Jesus?

Get to know the Word who became flesh and made His dwelling among us.

Dear reader, this is really too simple for us to miss! Out of all of the knowledge that has come to humanity over the ages, this is all we need to know to receive forgiveness and eternal life; grab onto it and hold on tight, never let it go…

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18 thoughts on “Would You Like to Know God?”

  1. BINGO!! Thank you, thank you, thank you. You put so simply the truth that God is not out to get us, God is not angry with us, God is not looking down from heaven waiting for us to mess up, and so on. What version of the Bible did you use for John 1:16? It says what I have been trying to say, “…grace already given.” We have God’s fullness. We don’t have to beg or plead. We simply receive what has already been given. Sorry for getting on my soap box.

      1. Ahhh Rupert Murdochs NIV. Right… good one! The same bloke sells porn I believe. The question is, when all versions differ somewhat in meaning… can we really say it is the “Word of God?”

  2. The hard part about grace is believing we have it. It’s too good to be true. But as you’ve stated, if you get to know Him–the Word made flesh–it becomes more a matter of the relationship than an abstract that’s tough to grasp. Thanks for this.

  3. “Would you like to know God?
    Get to know Jesus. Would you like to know Jesus?
    Get to know the Word who became flesh and made His dwelling among us.”

    You pretty much summed up all of theology right there. Love it!

    1. Back in my teaching days I used to get into very passionate conversations with other faculty members who were scandalized by my insistence that our theology was essentially simple. Those were good times, but I fear I didn’t persuade anyone, for I fear that we seem to assume that complicated theology justifies a higher fee for the teacher.

      Perhaps that’s too cynical. 🙂

  4. Dan I truly enjoyed reading this blog. You manage to explain in simple terms with an amazing illumination the only way to get to know God ! I’m also on the way to the completion of my book Facing Goliath- How to Face the Hardest Things You’ve Ever Had to Face. I’m still playing with the subtitle though. Maybe you and I could exchange ideas on how to beat convey the message of The Cross ! I look forward to reading more from you!

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