There can be nothing worse for a believer of God to think they know what they know… and find God doesn’t know them. If we think about the REASON and the profoundness of this statement is to realize the direct consequences to such a positional stance. It becomes pivotal to either knowing (in truth) the living God, having a relationship with Him… and this is possible to do, or for the living God to acknowledge you- being known personally. I can not believe how many polls have been taken which come back with such misinformation seen and would yield nothing but faulty results… indicative of society not being aware God exists- even to suggest there is no God at all. This tells me the time is close at hand for the world to be shaken to the core… the core of their own values being acted upon that will surely draw and hasten the living God Himself.
All through the Bible, basically a message from God to man… inspired by the Spirit of God, it points to the existence of God. In the Old Testament (OT) God calls Himself,”I am,” a direct statement to tell His people He exists. If God exists then He wants us to know Him… and to know Him better than we do already. To claim His existence is also a direct statement to say He is still in control… and can make a way from no way (sovereign) and will do it as He sees fitting to. Society would have a god in their image… doing what they would want for themselves but in reality it is just the opposite- we must conform to how God would have us to be. To simply say we know God and deny Him His requests for how He would have us: live, believe, act, understand and obey Him… we would not know God at all if we did this. The choice of the living God has always been to have His own do the things He would have us do out of love for Him (as children that love the Father) and to do this willingly- knowing it is for our own good. This is the love God has for all mankind… to know Him for what He has already done for us and on our behalf.
1 Thessalonians 1 (King James Version)
1 Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; 3 Remebering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; 4 Knowing, btrthren beloved, your election of God. 5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 6 And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost: 7 So that ye we ensamples to all that believe in Macedonia and Achaia. 8 For from you sounded out the word of the Lord not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place your faith to God-ward is spread abroad; so that we need not to speak any thing. 9 For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; 10 And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.
In the scripture above is reference to grace… and grace speaks more to salvation come by way of sacrifice… and the sacrifice was made so deliverance from sin is “Paid In Full.” See below an excerpt from this reference and what we can learn of grace by its narrow definition or the many broader understandings derived from it.
Grace: The word “grace” in biblical parlance can, like forgiveness, repentance, regeneration, and salvation, mean something as broad as describing the whole of God’s activity toward man or as narrow as describing one segment of that activity. An accurate, common definition describes grace as the unmerited favor of God toward man.
The reference to,”the Lord Jesus Christ,” is to understand Jesus was not simply any man… any god, He is the living God… the God mankind will see their deliverance coming from and the cause of our hope in eternal life. Even to bring the tasks of the OT and NT together, where one understanding of Him is the right understanding entirely. Look at this short list of tasks below (from this reference) and think about what it also means to you.
Messiah: Still more expressions of the messianic task were given in the time of Moses; consider the pillar of fire (Christ is the light), manna (Christ is the living bread), the water from the rock (Christ is the living water and the rock), and the lifted-up bronze serpent (Christ is the lifted-up One who gives life).
Could you ever imagine it possible to say with confidence… you are known by God? Even this notion is thought to be crazy but Jesus has this to say about it, see below.
Matthew 25:12 (KJV) But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
Luke 13:27 (KJV) But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.
Is this the choice mankind is reduced to… to know God or to not have God know us? In a word… YES! It is not what we think that matters… it is what God knows that matters, for it was God that came to Earth as a man… and died for us (the deliverance from sin) that we might have hope in things to come. Since God cannot tolerate… and will not tolerate looking on sin, or things that are sinful, we must be covered by His blood sacrifice for all mankind.
John 5:42 (KJV) But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.
Ephesians 1:7 (KJV) In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;
Hebrews 9:14 (KJV) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 13:20 (KJV) Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
Revelation 5:9 (KJV) And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
Revelation 1:5 (KJV) And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.
Can man know truth… personally, I say YES, for Jesus said…
John 14:6 (KJV) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In 1 Thessalonians 3… it also gives us this reference,”In the sight of God and our Father.” Is this not more an open declaration of the divinity of Jesus… and it is this Jesus we shall come to know? How well do you know Jesus… or more to the point,”How well does He know YOU?” It surely sounds like He has the keys to life and death in His hands, did you know this? Why else do believers say there is an ‘eternal hope,’ and it is this hope we are to cling to?
Proverbs 12:28 (KJV) In the way of righteousness is life; and in the pathway thereof there is no death.
John 5:24 (KJV) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
2 Timothy 1:10 (KJV) But is now manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:
If there is eternal life, immortality, then know it is to be eternally aware. To realize life does continue on is the truth… but it literally comes down to where we will spend eternity, according to what is said in the word of God. I pray you would think long and hard on the precepts of this writing… your eternal soul is riding on the choice you make today- we do not have that much time left to exercise our choice. It is my prayer you will consider the impact of these words… you will won’t you? (D.V.)
Your Brother in Christ Jesus,