And Jesus said to the woman at the well, you don’t know who you worship. We know who we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. For the Father seeketh such to worship him. John 4:22, 23
It’s possible to worship a God that you do not know. In Acts of the Apostles chapter 17, we even find people build a shrine for a god that they know not. Now, that’s the power of religion. Even till this day, a lot of people are involved in the worship of a god that they do not know, so we get into different practices in a bid to appease this god.
But, like I said in Who is God? (1), God cannot be known by speculation. The person of God is only revealed in Jesus Christ. You couldn’t know God without knowing Christ, because Christ is the express image of God. It pleased God that the fullness of the God-head bodily should dwell in Christ, so there is no knowledge of God outside the Christ.
The Old Testament, the Laws and Prophets were all pointing to the Christ. If you do not see Christ in the Old Testament, then you are reading the scriptures with a veil on your face. For it is written in 2 Corinthians 3, that up until now in the reading of the Old Testament [in the reading of Moses], there is a veil on their faces and the veil is only taken off in the revelation of Christ.
If you want to know how God would have treated sin, see Jesus say ”neither do I condemn you, go and sin no more.” If you wanted to know how God would treat religion, look at how he made whips and whipped people out of the temple selling and buying; commercializing religion. If you wanted to know what he would do to the sick, look at what Jesus did to the sick. If you wanted to know how God will treat the oppressed, look at what Jesus did. If you wanted to know how God will treat the dead, look at what Jesus did to Lazarus. There is no revelation of God outside the Christ. You would not find the revelation of God in just looking at Isaiah, Jeremiah, Elijah, Elisha, Adam or Moses. The only clear revelation of God is found in the Christ.
Well, you’d say “if Christ was God, why would he need the baptism of John, for John baptized unto repentance. Was Christ repentant? Did God need to repent from his sins?” No, no, no. Christ was doing that for us. It was God coming into our humanity to take our place. He said to John, “suffer it to be so, to fulfill righteousness” because he was going to give righteousness as a gift to all of humanity, the way the first Adam gave sin as a gift to all humanity. For as in Adam all died, even so in Christ should all be made alive. So Christ came and he fulfilled all the law, including the baptism. He took humanity’s place so that he can give us righteousness as a gift, the way Adam gave us sin as a gift without our input.
Okay, next question. “If the scriptures say, God is tempted of none, how come the devil comes to tempt Jesus if he was God?” Well, the answer is simply stated in Matthew 4:1. The scripture says He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. It wasn’t the devil coming for him. It wasn’t like He fasted and shook the powers that be, and the cosmic beings vibrated until they noticed that something has been shaken, and then the devil shows up. Matthew 4:1 says He was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.
That’s why the devil could take His hands and take Him up a high mountain. Jesus decided to step into our experience. He decided to come into everything that humanity was, so that He can liberate us, being tempted in every way as we are, yet without sin. It was Jesus going into the wilderness to meet the devil, and not just the devil coming to tempt him. And this brings us into the concept of the trinity.
Because some people say, “Well, the trinity; there’s God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit. And God the Father is likely higher than God the Son because He was up there and God the Son was born by a virgin, so He couldn’t have the same authority as God the Father. And then, there’s God the spirit who only reflects what the Son does.”
We’ll cover more of that in Who is God, part four. So prepare for an awesome exploration of the trinity in Who is God, episode four. But let it suffice you to know that Jesus is the express image of God. There is no knowledge of God outside of the knowledge of Christ.