Now that we have looked at the tools God uses to motivate people to pay attention to what the Bible says about Itself, we should also examine what we can learn about God from the Bible. The first thing we need to share with new believers when we are making disciples out of them is the importance of Revelation.

The reason Revelation is important is because God is transcendent.

The Transcendence of God means that God could be working in your life and you would not recognize Him at all. There is something mysterious about God that places His goals and His methods for accomplishing those goals beyond our understanding.

Revelation is what happens when God explains Himself in a way we can understand. God has to take the initiative to help us understand who God is and how we can interact with God. This initiative on God’s part is what helps us understand what we can read in the Bible.

So how exactly do we obtain the knowledge of God through revelation while we are reading the Bible? There are a few different ways that I have described below that I hope you will use when you are working on making disciples of your own. Here they are:

1) Through Word Pictures

In the Bible, God uses things that people are familiar with in order to help explain different aspects of God’s identity. Here is one example: In Isaiah 31:4 God is compared to a lion. We are also told that God is like a husband (Isaiah 54:5) and a shepherd (Psalm 23:1).

The Bible also tells us that God can “see” (Genesis 1:10) and “hear” (Exodus 2:24).

There are too many of these for me to list them all here for you, but just keep this idea in mind as you read through the Bible.

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2) The Name of God

The name of God is found in the following passage from the book of Exodus:

Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’”(Exodus 3:13-14 ESV)

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3) The Titles of God

There are a lot of different titles God has in the Bible. There are so many I decided to prepare a partial list of them to share with you here. Here are a few of them for you to look at. The list below contains the first time a title was used in the Bible, along with a translation of its meaning.

A Partial List of God’s Titles in the Bible:

#1. Elohim (God – Genesis 1:1)

#2. Yahweh Elohim (Lord God – Genesis 2:4)

El Elyon (The Most High God – Genesis 14:18)

Adonai (Lord, Master – Genesis 15:2)

El Shaddai (Lord God Almighty – Genesis 17:1)

El Olam (The Everlasting God – Genesis 21:33)

Jehovah-Jireh (The Lord Will Provide – Genesis 22:14)

Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner – Exodus 17:15)

Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals – Exodus 15:26)

Qanna (Jealous – Exodus 20:5)

Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You – Exodus 31:13)

Jehovah-Shalom (The Lord Is Peace – Judges 6:24)

Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts – 1 Samuel 1:3)

Jehovah Raah (The Lord (is) My Shepherd – Psalm 23)

Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness – Jeremiah 23:6)

Jehovah Shammah (The LORD is there – Ezekiel 48:35)

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That is just a sample. There is actually another way we can know God, but I wanted to deal with it separately. We can look at the attributes of God next time.

(to be continued…)