Experiencing God in His Word
''Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will.'' Romans 12:2, NIV
Christians believe that God can be known because he has chosen to make himself known to us. This makes Christianity (1) A revealed faith. That is, what we know about God is not something that we thought up or imagined, what we know has been revealed to us. 2 Peter 1:20-21 says, ''Above all, you must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet's own interpretation. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.''
So what we know about God has been revealed to us. Christian faith is also (2) A personal faith. That is, the God who has made himself known can be known on a personal level. Jesus said, ''I know my sheep and sheep know me'' (Jn. 10:14). We are known by God and we know him. Jesus also said that to know him is to know the Father (Jn. 14:6-9). Then Jesus went on to say that we know God because ''he [through the Holy Spirit] lives with you and will be in you'' (Jn. 14:17).
Throughout the New Testament we are encouraged to grow in our understanding of God. For instance, Peter concludes his letter to his scattered congregation with these words. ''But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ'' (2 Pet. 3:18). So how do we get to know God and his plans and his ways at a deeper level, a more meaningful level? According to Romans 12:2, we are ''transformed,'' we get to know God and his ways, we take on his character, we experience God ''by the renewing'' of our ''mind.'' With renewed minds we are able to grasp God's will, his plans.
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