The day after I realized that I might have to stop writing posts for this blog I remained in bed praying for a while before I got up for the day. I asked God to help me know Him more even though my struggles to see well prevent as much Bible reading as I had been doing. In this precious time spent with God, I became aware of the Father watching me, desiring to give me the answer to my prayer. I thought of Jesus standing at His Father’s side advocating for me and the Holy Spirit living inside of me, helping me along this process called sanctification. An hour passed peacefully as I pictured manna raining down to feed me while I tried to find God’s way in my desert.
What does it mean to “know” God? This is the question that has been foremost on my mind since studying 1 John 2:12-14 while experiencing difficulty with my vision. John writes to little children who “know the Father” and fathers who “know Him who has been from the beginning.” He also writes to young men who have overcome the evil one and have the Word of God abiding in them. John’s audience includes people who are saved and have the promise of eternal life with God because Jesus died for their sins; they are people who “know” God.
This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit
1 Peter 3:18
Jesus explains, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me (John 14:6). “And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life” (1 John 5:20). God wants us to know Him. He has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the Scriptures and His Son who is our example and redeemer. As a result of salvation, we no longer owe a price to God for our sins; the price has been paid for those who enter this fellowship. For those who know God, all is well.
“He pled the cause of the afflicted and needy;
Then it was well.
Is not that what it means to know Me?”
Declares the Lord.
I can rest, knowing all is well for me because of my salvation and the resulting fellowship with God who is sovereign, wise, loving and unchanging. I am becoming increasingly aware of these attributes of God as I’m learning to rest, not knowing what will happen tomorrow. Instead of concerning myself with the possibilities, my focus can be growing in the “grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” so that I am not carried away by false teaching (2 Peter 3:18).
Paul’s two goals in Philippians 3:10 were to be saved and sanctified. He counted all else as loss.
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Like Paul, I can regard everything (losses and gains) as unimportant in comparison to the privilege of knowing God. I don’t need to be able to see, walk, or feel good in order to be saved and sanctified. I don’t even need to be alive on earth to know God; I will be with Him in heaven one day, knowing Him there. The truly amazing fact that makes all this possible though is that He knows me.
I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me