A Glimpse Into the Mind of God
By Daniel Cook
What must it be like to see, know, and understand all that God sees, knows, and understands? There is nothing that He does not see. He knows everything. And just as a car designer knows every detail of the car that he has designed, God understands, sees, and knows every detail of His creation. There is nothing that escapes His attention.
At best, we may only catch a glimpse into the Mind of God. Being finite, it is not even possible for us, as humans, to comprehend the limitless understanding and wisdom of God. Still, He has revealed some things to us that we need to know. And of all that He could have decided to show us, He has narrowed it down to that which is most important for us—what we need to know in order to know Him, have fellowship with Him, and inherit eternal life with Him. He has put these things in the Bible. It is not a book on human history, even though history can be found in it. It is not a book of science. It is a book on the scheme of redemption. It discusses the fall and restoration of man. It instructs us on things necessary for us to have eternal life through His Son. What does not contribute to this in some way fades into the shadows of revelation. God did not waste space. If it is in the Bible, it is there for a reason.
What is it, then, that God wants us to know? What do we learn from the Bible? One thing the Bible teaches us is that God has provided another way for us to have access to the tree of life. Back in the Garden of Eden, in addition to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, and all the other trees of the garden, there was also the tree of life (Gen 2:9). The only tree that Adam and Eve were not to eat from was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; they did have access to the tree of life. And as long as they did, they did not have to experience death (Gen 3:22–24). But, when they sinned, they were sent out from the garden and separated from it. As a consequence, man has been confronted continually by his own mortality ever since. However, there is still hope for us to be able to be given access to the tree of life again: “‘He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God’” (Rev 2:7 NKJV).
The only way to that tree of life, and consequently, eternal life, is through Christ. He is the only way: “‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’” (John 14:6). “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved’” (Acts 4:12; cf. John 8:24; 1 John 1:1–3).
There is no other knowledge as precious to us than this. There is none more desirable. How grateful we ought to be that God has revealed these things to us! They are the difference between our eternal life with Him and utter ruin without Him.
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