Welcome to A Knowledge Of God, Chapter 9 of Steps To Christ
God makes Himself known to us and brings us into communion with Him in:
- His providence
The works of His hands reviles the love and glory of God. Thus through the beauty of nature He invites us to become acquainted with Him who made it all. Jesus attached His lessons with the things of nature that they can be often recalled, even amid the busy cares of life.
Creation teaches us lessons of obedience and trust
The things of nature obey the Creator’s will. And God cares for everything and sustains everything that He has created. He upholds the worlds throughout immensity. At the same time He cares for the wants of the little brown sparrow. There is no smile and tears shed that He does not notice. Furthermore, think of the world that is to come, where:
- it shall never be known the affliction of sin and death
- nature will no more wear the shadow of the curse
- the homes of the saved are prepared for them that love Him
Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9.
No one can fully appreciate the significance of hill and vale, river and sea, who does not look upon them as an expression of God’s love to mankind.
Above all that is outwardly attractive He loves the beauty of character.
God speaks to us in His Word
Here we have the revelation of:
- His character as reveled in Christ
- the great work of redemption
- His dealings with mankind
The whole Bible tells of Christ. From the first record of creation – for without Him was not anything made that was made, to the closing promise – Behold, I come quickly, we are reading of His works and listening to His voice. John 1:3; Revelation 22:12. Scriptures are the living water and the living bread from heaven. Jesus declares:
Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53
The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. John 6:63
It is what we meditate upon that will give strength to our spiritual nature. The great truths necessary for salvation are made clear. Thus none will mistake and lose their way except those who follow their own judgment instead of the plainly revealed will of God. We cannot obtain wisdom without prayerful study, asking for the enlightenment of the Holy Spirit. Scripture must be compared with scripture.
God speaks to us through His providential workings
He does that through the influence of His Spirit upon the heart. In our daily life we may find lessons if our hearts are but open to discern them.
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord. Psalm 33:5
Whoso is wise, and will observe these things, even they shall understand the loving-kindness of the Lord. Psalm 107:43.
The Holy Spirit exalts and glorifies the Savior. It is His job to present Christ’s righteousness and the great salvation that we have through Him. Jesus said: He shall receive of Mine, and shall show it unto you. John 16:14. The Spirit of truth is the only effectual teacher of divine truth. How must God esteem the human race, since He gave His Son to die for them and appoints His Spirit to be man’s teacher and continual guide!
Mankind dreams of progress and efforts for uplifting of humanity are in vain if they neglect the one Source of hope and help for the fallen race. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from God. James 1:17. There is no true excellence of character apart from Him. And the only way to God is Christ. He says: I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me. John 14:6.
Those who have experienced the love of Christ cannot be idlers in the Master’s vineyard. They will see opportunities for helping others in their steps to Christ. Partaking of Christ’s love, they will labor for the souls of others. Let every soul copy the Pattern, and become missionaries in the highest sense, winning souls to Jesus.
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