Obedience = Knowing Him

December 5, 2011

Friends,
Do we have to know Jesus personally (as in, have fellowship with Him) in order to inherit eternal life? Yes, we do. (Matt. 7:23 & 2 Thes. 1:7-10 & 1 John 3:6) And He must know us in this same way as well. (Luke 13:27)

How do we know that we have come to personally know Christ and He has come to personally know us? 1 John 2:3 answers this for us clearly: “We know that we have come to know Him if we obey His commands.” So, there’s the simple answer. If we do not obey the Lord’s commands (taught to us through His Spirit and His Word), then we will not have the kind of relationship necessary to stand at Heaven’s entrance and be admitted in.

What were the ten virgins doing before the Bridegroom came? They were all waiting for Him. They’d all gone “out to meet the bridegroom” (Matt. 25:1), which means, they all believed in Him and were committed to waiting for His arrival, expecting to be included in the wedding banquet. (v. 10,11) But what was their problem in not being allowed in? Jesus was telling them that He didn’t know them. (v. 12) And why not? It was because they were not ready. And why weren’t they ready? They weren’t ready because they hadn’t prepared for the possibility of a long, drawn-out wait. Thus the only oil they had was that which was already in their lamps –no extra. (v. 3,8)

This is what many believers are doing. They believe in Jesus, they go to church, and they believe they are doing what is required as they wait for Christ to return. However, during the long wait, what oil (spiritual food) they intake is too meager to bring them into a true, close, loving relationship with the Savior. So when He does return, they will not be ready.

To be ready for Christ’s return and the Judgement, is to be in a friendship with the Lord. And the only way to be in this, is to be obeying Him. As Jesus says in John 15:14, “You are My friends if you do what I command.”

The verse following the 1 John 2:3 verse above, says, “The man who says, ‘I know Him,’ but does not do what He commands is a liar…” (v. 4) The meaning here is plain: Claiming to know Christ, yet disobeying Christ = Liar. The rebel / liar may be lying to himself as well as to others due to having deceived his own self, but either way, the guy is a liar. Here’s the rest of verse 4: “…and the truth is not in him.”

Jesus says in John 14:6 that He is the Truth (and the Way and the Life), thus the only path to the Father. So what equation do we have? It’s this: Disobedience = Liar = Void of the Truth = Void of Christ = Not knowing Christ = No Eternal Life.

The claim of knowing Jesus means zero. Instead, it all hinges on obedience. For in obeying Christ, we come to know Him. –Personally and intimately. And He us. Then we are ready. Ready to be welcomed into the marriage supper of the Lamb. “For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready.” (Rev. 19:7) How did she do so? By her “righteous acts” –v. 8– done in the will of the Father. (Matt. 7:21 & 12:50 & 1 John 2:17) In other words, the Bridegroom found her to have been “prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband” (Rev. 21:3) –prepared by having obeyed Him, and thus known Him, and thus come to be called His own.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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