Job 11:7—Can God be known by humans?
Problem: Job seems to imply that God cannot be known by human reason. Paul also declared that God’s judgments are “unsearchable ... and His ways past finding out” (Rom. 11:33). On the other hand, the Bible declares that God has revealed Himself to all people (Rom. 1:20) so that they “are without excuse” (v. 20). Indeed, the Bible is said to be a special revelation of God by which we can know Him and serve Him (2 Tim. 3:16–17).
Solution: God cannot be known directly in this life, nor can He be known completely. For “now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (1 Cor. 13:12). God can be known “by the things that are made” (Rom. 1:19), but He cannot be known in Himself. The following contrast summarizes the ways God can and cannot be known:
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