God Under Scrutiny?

Theology is the word used to describe the study of God. The questions are:

  • Can we really study God?
  • Can the finite mind comprehend infinity?
  • Can depraved and fallen man understand Divinity?
  • Can we, the creation, put the Creator under the scrutiny of our spiritual microscope?
  • Can an individual, by searching, find out the unsearchable?

The Bible describes God as “dwelling in a light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see…” (1 Tim. 6:16). He is eternal, immortal and invisible. (1 Tim. 1:17). No man has ever heard His voice or seen His shape. (Jn. 5:37).

In the book of Job, Zophar asks: “Canst thou by searching find out…the Almighty unto perfection?” (Job. 11:7). All throughout the Bible, God is described as “unsearchable” (Ps. 145:3, Job 5:9). “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding”. (Isa. 40:28). “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor?” (Rom. 11:33-34).

The Bible is not written in God’s language, but ours, and for our comprehension. Our frail vocabulary cannot adequately describe the Almighty.

Let us approach God with humility and a genuine desire to learn more about Him- not the completeness of the Father, but as He reflects Himself through the Son, “…the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person…” (Heb. 1:3). He is the image of “the invisible God…” (Col. 1:15). To believe in Jesus is to believe in the Father, and to see Him is to see the Father. (Jn. 12:44, Jn. 14:6-7).

To “learn” of Christ, as recorded in Matthew 11:29, is to imitate His life. Priority should not be given to an analytical study of Christ, but rather an imbibing of His Spirit.

May the Spirit of the Lord put us under scrutiny and open our eyes to our spiritual shortcomings. Let us approach God by faith, diligently seeking Him. (Heb. 11:6). “…that I may know him…and the fellowship of his suffering…” (Phil. 3:10).