A farmer expects fruits when he cultivates a tree. If his tree cannot bear fruit, the tree will not only disappoint the farmer, but it will become a disadvantage to him. In the same way, disciples who cannot make other disciples are actually disobeying and disappointing God. Each of us must make disciples. In order to make disciples, we must know God carefully.
When someone asks us about the faith we have, we should be ready to answer them. If we are not able to answer them, we will not be able to make disciples. It is imperative that we know the truth. One of my earnest wishes is that I can give clear answers to every difficult problem alleged against the Bible. I eagerly pray and make great efforts for this purpose.
Our faith is not ‘a blind faith’. All superstition springs from the heart of man. This is the faith of natural religion. In natural religion, man seeks after the gods of this world. He seeks them by his own efforts, devotion and mortification. Our faith is different from this. We know God – not because we make efforts to find Him – but because God reveals Himself to us.
Giving service in your church for many years does not mean you know Jesus better. If you start off on the wrong foot, you will not have complete faith – even if you serve in your church for many years. No one in this world has seen God (Jn 1:18). A baby in the womb cannot see his or her mother. Likewise, man cannot see God with his eyes, hear Him with his ears, or touch Him with his hands. God is greater than all creation. Many people misunderstand God as a conceptual being and not an actual person. This is not just a problem among unbelievers. Some Christians believe that their heart is God. God is clearly a Personal Being.
God has intellect. There is nothing He does not know. God has emotions. He feels happiness, sadness, and anger. And God has a will. He can determine and judge all things. In this way, God is a Person, though He is invisible to human sight.
God enables man to know Him through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit goes out from God. Especially in Old Testament times, the Holy Spirit did not abide inside man. You can liken this to the way a hen sits on an egg. The Holy Spirit enabled the ability to know God sprout in man by inspiring him. This was done by man receiving the testimony about God through the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God is He who goes out from God.
How does man receive God’s testimony? God is a Person. Because He is a Person, He testifies about Himself and puts this testimony in man’s person. To explain it another way, God reveals the knowledge about Himself in man’s intellect, reveals His emotions in man’s emotions, and reveals His will in man’s will. Man is born with the ability and prerequisite to know God because he was created and modelled on God’s Person. Chickens, for example, are not persons. They are merely moving organisms. No matter how much you teach animals about God, they cannot know God. No matter how much you preach to animals about God’s love, they cannot receive His love. No matter how much you preach to animals about ‘the Picture of God’s Will’, they can never participate in His Will. But man is a person. Since he is a person, he can receive God’s truth, receive His love, and understand and obey His will.