Do We Really Know God?
“Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteous, have not submitted themselves to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.”
Paul acknowledged that these Jews had a zeal for God but also that they really did not know God; for they were ignorant of God’s righteousness and they were trying to find favour with God on the basis of their own righteousness.
A man who is ignorant of God’s essential holiness and the immaculate holiness which He has promised and provided sinners in Christ does not know God. A man who attempts to come into the presence of God or find acceptance and favour with God on the basis of his own works and righteousness reveals that he does not know the true and living God.
Those who really know God have, like Isaiah, seen God in His holiness, seen themselves in their uncleanness, and have looked only to Christ as their wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. It would do well for us to read these verses here in Romans and those verses which follow until, by His grace, we can say: “Before the holy throne of God I have a perfect plea; Jesus Christ obeyed His law and paid the debt for me.”
Henry Mahan – 1989