On the “Knowability of God”

I came across an interesting paragraph in my preparation for my Sunday morning Bible Study on “The Knowability of God” in Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology:

Even in the age to come, when we are freed from the presence of sin, we will never be able fully to understand God or any one thing about him. This is seen from the fact that the passages cited above attribute God’s incomprehensibility not to our sinfulness but to his infinite greatness. It is because we are finite and God is infinite that we will never be able to understand him fully. For all eternity we will be able to go on increasing in our knowledge of God and delighting ourselves more and more in him…(page 150-151)*

Our knowledge of God, both in this world and in the next, has been revealed to us through the marvelous grace of God. As Robert Reymond has so aptly stated, “The eternal God has deigned to share with us some of the truths that are on his mind. He condescends to elevate us poor undeserving sinners by actually sharing with us a portion of what he knows.” (Reymond, A New Systematic Theology, page 102) Thus, while God is truly incomprehensible (we can never know all there is to know about Him or any of His attributes), He has chosen to impart to His children, to borrow a phrase from Francis Schaeffer, “true though not exhaustive knowledge,” (Quote found in Reymond’s Systematic, page 100) and that knowledge is found in His written Word. As Moses wrote, “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.” (Deut. 29:29)

Therefore, I would urge you all to rest in the fact that an incomprehensible God has chosen, by His grace, to grant “to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:3)

 

*While Grudem’s Systematic Theology has much to commend it, I would not endorse his views of ongoing revelation.

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