Updated: Nov 12, 2020
There is a point in life when we have all lived our lives in a bad way or another, there was a time, we didn’t know God, we knew our parents who gave birth to us and most of us, although we were born into Christian homes, we knew that there was a God but we didn’t understand who He really is and how He works, we only knew He was someone in the sky.
At some point in time, some of us came to the understanding that there are things we shouldn’t do because they don’t speak well of us, because we did not deem it morally right not because our Constitution (The Bible) deemed it as wrong. But the main fact is that, all of these do not stop the fact that God exists and that He works in diverse ways.
After knowing the existence of God and after claiming to have given our lives to Christ, some people tend to proclaim that they know God whereas if we are to look at it closely, we would see that we only know the shadow of God but we don’t know the real Him.
What does it mean to know God?
“Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true [supreme and sovereign] God, and [in the same manner know] Jesus [as the] Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3 AMP)
“And this, so that I may know Him [experientially, becoming more thoroughly acquainted with Him, understanding the remarkable wonders of His Person more completely] and [in that same way experience] the power of His resurrection [which overflows and is active in believers], and [that I may share] the fellowship of His sufferings, by being continually conformed [inwardly into His likeness even] to His death [dying as He did]” (Phil 3:10 AMP)
“Grace and peace [that special sense of spiritual well-being] be multiplied to you in the [true, intimate] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed on us [absolutely] everything necessary for [a dynamic spiritual] life and godliness, through true and personal knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.” (2 Peter 1:2-3 AMP)
Knowing God means more than knowing about Him. It means a deep and intimate acquaintance with Him, it involves being able to perceive, recognize and understand the wonders of His person. Knowing God is not a ‘once and for all’ issue.
It must be a progressive and it is the essence to eternal life.
Now let us examine the necessity placed on Knowing God through his Son Jesus Christ.
1. Knowing God is Eternal Life (John 17:3, 2 Corinthians 3:18)
Our Lord Jesus Christ declares that eternal life means knowing God and He confessed that He knows God. The matter of knowing God is of primary importance in walking with Him.
Our first encounter with the Lord in knowing Him and what He did for us on the cross of Calvary that brings us into the experience of the new birth. This launches us in abundant and everlasting life in Jesus Christ, no one can be saved except by our Saviour. You may know about Him but if you do not know Him, you will not have eternal life.
2. Knowing God is the way into abundance of grace and peace (2 Peter 1:2-4)
When you grow in your knowledge of God, grace and peace will be multiplied to you. In addition, in all that pertains in life and godliness come to us through our knowledge of God. It is very important, the knowledge of knowing him must be a two-way street, He must know us too.
Written by Ama Ghana
Ama Ghana is a Servant of God and the Founder of Seek Ye First Christian blog.
She blogs at Seek Ye First
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