“According to the New Testament, communion with God or faith in God is dependent upon the doctrine of his existence. But it is dependent upon other doctrines in addition to that. ‘He that cometh to God,’ says the Epistle to the Hebrews, ‘must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.’ In this latter part of the sentence, we have, expressed in a concrete way, the great truth of the personality of God. What we have is a presentation of what the Bible elsewhere calls the ‘living’ God. God not only exists, but is a free Person who can act. The same truth appears with even greater clearness in the third verse of the same great chapter. ‘Through faith we understand,’ says the author, ‘that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.’ Here we have, expressed with a clearness that leaves nothing to be desired, the doctrine of creation out of nothing, and that doctrine is said to be received by faith. It is the same doctrine that appears in the first verse of the Bible, ‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth,’ and that really is presupposed in the Bible from beginning to the end.” (J. Gresham Machen)
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