Knowing The Lord
John 17:3: And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Knowing the Lord is vital. When we truly know Him we will Trust Him and will be in a right relationship with him. When we truly know Him we will be His children. If we truly know Him we have eternal life. We know about Him from the Bible but we only know Him by personally experiencing Him. We can only experience Him through the Lord Jesus Christ. You can*t know the Father without knowing the Son. You can*t have the Son without having the Father. If we reject the Son we also reject the Father. If We reject the Father we also reject the Son.
John 14:6-7: Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.
John 15:24: If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.
There is a knowing about God that is only intellectual. That is an incomplete knowing. Just knowing about God is totally inadequate. Just knowing about God produces no change in the person knowing about Him. We must know Him in a way that produces change in us. We must know Him in a way that we are actually in Him and He is in us. Having and knowing a Saviour who dwells in us is far different than having an aloof external distant God.
Colossians 1:27: To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
We must know Him in a way that makes us actual partakers of His nature.
2 Peter 1:4: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
We must know Him in a way that not only changes us on the inside, but the outside as well. Being changed on the inside will change how we behave on the outside.
Titus 2:11-12: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
When we know the Lord we will hear His voice and know it and follow it.
John 10:27: My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
Knowing the Lord is the only thing we have that is worth glorying about.
Jeremiah 9:24: But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
If we truly know Him we will obey Him just as Jesus did. If we do not obey Him it demonstrates that we do not know Him.
John 8:55: Yet ye have not known him; but I know him: and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep his saying.
When we know Him we will suffer with Him.
Philippians 3:10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made comformable unto his death;
Many people believe they know God when they do not.
Romans 10:1-2: Brethren, my heart*s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge.
What if God knows prayer to be the thing we need first and most? What if the main object in God*s idea of prayer is a supplying of our great and endless need -- the need of Himself? . . . Hunger may drive the runaway child home, and he may or may not be fed at once, but he needs his parents more than his dinner. Communion with God is the one need of the soul beyond all other need. Prayer is the beginning of that communion, of talking with God, a coming-to-one with Him, which is the sole end of prayer, yea, of existence itself. . . . We must ask that we may receive, but that we should receive what we ask in respect to our lower needs is not God*s end in making us pray. He could give us everything without that. To bring His child to His knee, God withholds that men may ask.
Do we just know about Him or do we know Him?