There are other characteristics of God, a God who is holy (Lev 11:44; Is 6:3), righteous (Ps 36:6), wise (Ps 104:24), good (Ps 145:9), patient (Rom 2:4), truthful (Num 23:19), faithful (Deu 7:9); and creative (Prv 3:19). There is much more that God has revealed about Himself in His Holy Word; but He has provided an even better way to know Him. He has revealed Himself in His Son!
Jesus in God made flesh. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). He became a man and lived like we do, with all the pleasures, pains and challenges of a human being. So now we have someone who is like us, with whom we can identify, who is fully God. The incarnation is one of the most amazing graces God has ever bestowed on us. Praise His name!
Jesus became a rabbi, which means teacher/master, to the twelve, and we have their record of what He taught and did. So we too became His disciples and follow every command and teaching of Jesus. His teaching is perfect because He lived without sin, but fulfilled the whole law of Moses “For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man's obedience many will be made righteous” (Rom 5:19); “that the world may know that I love the Father, and as the Father gave Me commandment, so I do” (John 14:31). We trust every word that came out of His mouth and obey every command.
It is also true that I know the Father by knowing my Rabbi. “Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works.” This teaching speaks so much to me. If I know Jesus, I know the Father. When I see Jesus in the gospels, I see the one true God.
I began this manifesto about myself by first explaining the big picture; who I am is defined by God and my relationship to Him. Thankfully, God has revealed Himself to us through His Word so that I am able to talk knowledgeably about God. But I began life impaired in my relationship with God, only able to speak about Him by believing what He has taught in the Scriptures. I am impaired not just by limitation of sensory inquiry or limited intellect, but also by sin. I cannot know God because my sin prohibited being in Relationship with my maker. Jesus Christ has bridged this gap.
Jesus fulfilled all the Law of Moses, all the prophecy about His coming in the First Testament, and lived perfectly obedient to the Father. He was beaten and crucified by the religious leaders (and me), died, was buried, and on the third day He rose from the dead according to God's Word. “Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve. After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep. After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles” (1 Cor 15:4-7) before He ascended into heaven where He sits at the right hand of the Father. He did this to make atonement for my sins, so that there is no more condemnation for my sins and I can be reconciled to the Father. This happened on December 17th, 1977.
Now I can say that I know God, truly know Him, because He has adopted me and as His son, I am permitted into His holy presence. Glory be to His name! What a merciful and faithful God we have, full of loving-kindness from everlasting to everlasting. I will praise His name forever!
But how this happened requires more explanation...