To Know God

His memory perishes from the earth, and he has no name in the street. He is thrust from light into darkness, and driven out of the world. He has no posterity or progeny among his people, and no survivor where he used to live. They of the west are appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east. Surely such are the dwellings of the unrighteous, such is the place of him who knows not God.
Job 18:17-21
To Know God
Bildad finishes his speech to Job waring that unless he repents all the horrors which he described waiting for the wicked, await Job.  Bildad is urging Job to do something to save himself.  His approach to salvation and redemption is all Law orientated.  There is no Gospel in Bildad’s speech. He warns that those who suffer as Job, suffer from their own self afflicted wounds and arrogantly deny God and do not know Him.  And it is certainly true death waits for no man and comes to us all “because all sinned” (Rm 5:12).  Yet, the Gospel assures us that we are not slaves to death and in fact have life in abundance because of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He gives us His Word, and in faith we cling to it knowing that as Christ has told us, “Whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life” (John 5:24). And in Christ we know God as He prayed for us, “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent” (Joh 17:3).
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