Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered outside the gate. Therefore, let us go forth to him outside the camp, bearing his reproach. For we have no continuing city here, but we seek one to come.
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"Can you by searching find out God?"
Zophar, in Job 11:7
"O the depth of the riches of both the wisdom and knowledge of God!
How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!"
Paul, in Romans 11:33
"Verily, thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Savior!"
From a sermon by Preacher Clark, December 28, 1980, at Grandma's farmhouse.
Intellectual effort has never made a man righteous or revealed the first thing to any man about God. The things of God, Paul said, must be "spiritually discerned" adding, "no man knows the things of God" (1Cor. 2:11). Jesus said that the Spirit, when it came, would guide believers into all truth. That means there is no truth about God which any man can know, even those who believe in Christ Jesus, unless it is revealed to a man by the holy Ghost.
In his sermon that wintry Sunday afternoon, Preacher Clark agreed with this when he said, "You can't just study and seek God out. I tried it. I put time into it. You can't study and seek out God and His ways. If you don't live in the place where God will reveal it to you, you'll never get it."