The Knowledge of God Obscured

by admin ~ July 20th, 2019. Filed under: Brandenburg.

In John 4:22, the Lord Jesus said to a Samaritan woman at a well, speaking of the Samaritans, “Ye worship ye know not what.” They did not know who God was, so they did not know whom they were worshiping. If we do not know who God is, then we will not know how to worship Him either. As Jesus spoke to that woman, His intention was that she would know God, so as to worship Him in spirit and in truth. God wants us to know Him, which is why He communicated Himself to us through general and special revelation. As seen in these Samaritans, the threat of wrong thinking about God exists. The general revelation of God, which is general in it audience, that is, everybody gets it, includes the law of God written in men’s hearts (cf. Rom 2:15). Man is made in the image of God (Gen 1:26), so every person in part starts with a default true understanding of the one and only God. It is not a sufficient enough comprehension of God to save a man, but it is adequate to render him without excuse for not being saved (Rom 1:18-20). Because of the curse of sin, that knowledge of God will become obscured and distorted without sustenance from the Word of God, His special revelation.

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