MEETING A STRANGER
Coming to “know” God is like meeting a stranger.
God is a stranger to us in three senses.
First, God is a stranger in the ontological sense. That is, in his very being. God is not like any person you’ve ever met. The basic truth― there is a God and you are not He!! So if you are not God, there is no crime in being finite.
Second, God is a stranger in the ethical sense. We are estranged from him, marked by the tragic condition of human beings “in Adam” under the reign of sin and death. Our ethical rebellion corrupts not only our will and action, but also our reasoning and finally,
God is a stranger in third sense, redemptively as He issues the surprisingly wonderful announcement that in spite of human rebellion He will redeem us by grace alone in Christ alone.
Hannes Jan Johannes Zegement Grové