Have you ever thought, “There’s probably a God. But how can I know Him?”
The longing to know God is a common thread running throughout human history. The Bible tells us God wants us to know Him, even in a personal way. It recounts the story of a man named Paul, who around the year 50 A.D. came to Athens, the leading city of ancient Greece renowned for its culture and philosophy. The city was filled with objects of worship made by the Athenians, including an altar inscribed “TO AN UNKNOWN GOD.” There, Paul boldly announced to them something they’d never heard before: Jesus and the resurrection.
Wanting to know more about this new teaching, the Athenians led Paul to the Areopagus, the place where serious matters were discussed. Paul had carefully observed the altar to an unknown God, so he declared: “What therefore you worship without knowing, this I announce to you.”
Paul told them God made the world and everything in it. God is the Creator. He’s the Lord, the owner, of heaven and earth who doesn’t dwell in a temple made with human hands. Instead, He’s the One who gives life and breath to all. Human life comes from Him, and human existence is sustained by Him. God is the source of all life.
Then, Paul declared that God made every nation dwelling on the face of the earth. God is the source of all humankind. Paul also said God set the times and boundaries of each nation’s existence so that people, no matter where they are, “might seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, even though He is not far from each one of us.”
Paul concluded: “God now charges all men everywhere to repent because He has set a day to judge the world in righteousness by the man whom He has designated, having furnished proof to all by raising Him from the dead.” This man is Jesus Christ, the Savior of all mankind.
Jesus is the very God who became a man and lived on the earth. He was a perfect, sinless man, and at the same time, God Himself. He was a God-man. Jesus died on the cross to take away the sins of the world, and then He resurrected from the dead.
Jesus Christ in resurrection is now the life-giving Spirit. Like air, He is omnipresent. He’s here with you right now. Will God remain an unknown God to you? If you want to know Him, you must repent, that is, have a change in your thinking and turn from a life without God. You must turn to God, who is the Creator, the source of all life, and the Savior, Jesus Christ. If you repent, believe in Him, and call upon Him, He will forgive you of your sins and come into you. Simply pray:
“Lord Jesus, I turn to You. You are God, my Creator, and my Savior. Thank You for dying for my sins. I believe in You as the One who resurrected from the dead. Forgive me of my sins and come live in me. I receive You right now. Amen.”