We Must Know Jesus & Increasingly So

June 11, 2013

Friends,
When I was a little girl and my parents would pray with us as they tucked us into bed at night, or whenever we prayed, I always had someone I was praying for to “come to know Jesus.” This is a very good way to pray. It’s the way we should pray for unbelievers, but also for those who do believe in Christ’s work on the cross. Why? Simply because without knowing the Lord, a person will not inherit Heaven. Even if a person claims to be saved, even if he claims to have “prayed the sinner’s prayer”, even if he is serving in some form of ministry, even if he preaches or evangelizes or quotes Scripture, if that person does not know God personally, he will, on Judgement Day, be shut out from God’s presence eternally. (Luke 13:25 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9)

How is it then that we come to know the Lord? We do it by allowing Him to indwell us, which comes by obeying His teaching. (John 14:23) This obedience begins with believing the Message, renouncing sin, turning one’s back on sin, and going through the narrow door to walk along a totally new path –the Door and Path who is Jesus Himself. (Matt. 7:13,14 // John 10:9 & 14:6) This obedience is able to continue as we listen to the Lord’s voice, understand what He is instructing, and take action through the power of the Spirit. This can only be done, though, as we nourish ourselves with Christ (John 6:53), which means meditating on the Word of God (1:1), for God’s Word is the primary place from which God’s Spirit speaks. Then we must put into practice what we hear. If we don’t, the Spirit will stop speaking to us. And if that happens, we certainly will not know (be in close relationship with) God.

Col. 1:9,10 helps bring to light this Truth. For these verses reveal that the knowledge of God’s will comes through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, which in turn stems from growing in the knowledge of God Himself as we work to please Him in every way. We do this work through the knowledge and power of the Gospel (Rom. 1:16 // Col. 1:5,6) –the Gospel which reveals to us “the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Col. 2:2,3)

Counterfeit christianity has their doctrine very wrong. They emphasize a “repentance prayer”, and a claim about belonging to Christ. Consequently, masses of people are in for a horrible awakening. The true Gospel, on the other hand, reveals that what is necessary is that we know Christ and that He knows us –intimately, and so much so that it is a union, a unity, a marriage, and a oneness of Christ in us and we in Him. (1 John 3:24) A shallow acquaintance won’t do. (Matt. 7:21-23 // Luke 13:26,27) A head knowledge, even with a zeal for good works, but without an obedient walk in the will of the Lord, won’t do. (same verses)

Gal. 4:5-9 reveals that when God’s Spirit indwells a person they know God and are known by God, but that this sonship must continue without turning back and must increase to its full potential. Moreover, everything is to be considered of zero value compared with “the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ.” (Phil. 3:8) Wanting to know Christ, along with the power of His resurrection, the affiliation of His suffering, and a conformity to His character, is to be our lifelong, and daily, goal, just as it was Paul’s. (v. 10,11)

How do we know that we have come to know the Lord? Answer: We are obeying His commands. (1 John 2:3) We are walking in the Light, the Truth, the Purity, the fellowship of the Father and the Son. (1:3-7) We are not walking in the darkness, the lie, the realm of sin (v. 6), for if we are, we can know that our claim of “I know Him” is a flat-out lie. (2:4) Then that prayer about someone coming to know Jesus? Well, it should be a prayer that that person prays concerning his own self.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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