The religion editor of a newspaper said that to know God’s will on current issues we should “try to get into the mind of Jesus.” He suggested that we should set aside differences in beliefs about His deity, His atonement, and His resurrection, and think of Him instead as a kind and good man.
This editor’s idea that we can think and feel our way to God and truth may be appealing, but he makes the same mistake that the pagans of long ago did. They made idols to represent their concept of deity, but their religious efforts only led them further and further away from the one true God (Rom. 1:18-32).
Paul gave a dose of the truth to some godless philosophers on Mars’ Hill. He declared to those educated Greeks that instead of making more gods they should listen to the one true God. God has revealed Himself in Jesus Christ, and He commands all to believe what He has said and to repent of their sin (Acts 17:30-31).
We can never reach God by trying to get into the mind of a Christ of our own making! Rather, God reaches us through what He has said in the Bible (2 Tim. 3:16), by the witness of His Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:16), and through His Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Heb. 1:1-2).
O send Thy Spirit, Lord, now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes and make me see;
Show me the truth concealed within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed I see Thee, Lord. —Groves
Knowing the Bible is vital to knowing the God of the Bible.