Knowing GodBro. David Chancellor
2/24/2008 6:00 PM
1 Corinthians 8:1-3
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. But if any man love God, the same is known of him.
There’s something more than what we can know in our heads. That something is God. There’s a lot we can know about someone and still not know that person. This is true about God, too. You can know God; he knows you. It’s more than just an intellectual thing. It’s more personal than that. We want people to be acquainted with God. They need a personal introduction to him.
These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.
Jesus wanted us to have eternal life. Eternal life isn’t to live forever, but to know God. You can lose the relationship you have with God. Take time to get to know God.
1 John 5:20
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
John was confident that Jesus was the Son of God and had already come. "We may know him that is true…" Jesus presented God as his Father and someone that we can talk to, someone we can be acquainted with ourselves. God wants us to have the assurance that we can know him and walk with him, too.
For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts; and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.
The covenant had to change. The old covenant only allowed some of the people to know God. Most of the people had a knowledge about God, but they really didn’t know him.
"…for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." It’s significant that we can know God. We’re all on the same level; we have equal opportunity to know God. Your relationship with God is as good as you make it. We’re all equal in the sight of God. It doesn’t matter what your position in life is, you’re still able to have as close a relationship with God as you will allow. How close we are is up to us. Seek out time to spend with God.
We want others to see that they can enjoy God just like we do. The person in sin has a picture of an angry God, and rightly so. They need to realize that God loves them and will forgive them and that their relationship with him can change. God will be merciful to forgive those that come to him. All can know the Lord, from the least to the greatest, because of what Jesus came and did for mankind. God has grace for whatever station in life you’re in, if you’ll seek him and give him your heart.
Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death: If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
When Paul came to know Jesus Christ, that became more important to him than anything else. Paul had been working hard to serve God in a legal sort of way, but he just never had come to know God until he had a face-to-face introduction to him on the road to Damascus. Everything else ceased to matter after that. Knowing God should mean more to us than anything else. Our walk with God should matter more than all life has to offer. This will help us to keep our lives in order.
Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. Howbeit then, when ye knew not God, ye did service unto them which by nature are no gods. But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?
When Jesus came, we were redeemed from servanthood to being children of God. Form and ceremony are no comparison to knowing God. Some wanted these to go back under the law. When you’ve known God, why would you ever want to go back to rituals and ceremony? Why would you trade knowing God to just perform service? We don’t want our walk with God to be a duty we do. He’s someone you can take everything to and count on him to keep your confidence. He will expose sin so that it can be dealt with and forgiven. God can work behind the scenes to solve problems. God wants us to have a close and intimate relationship with him. Walk close to God. Make the quiet time you need to keep that relationship. Don’t let the relationship grow cold.