The Godhead Wants to Be Known, Day 11
Last week, I looked at how the Word and the Spirit speak to be heard. Just as important is that the Godhead desires to be known. Keeping in mind that Jesus Christ is the Word made flesh, consider the following verses:
"And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent." John 17:3
"And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, 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
"Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, 'I know Him,' and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." 1 John 2:3-4
"I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep." John 10:14-15
"But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth who proceeds from the Father, He will testify of Me." John 15:26
"If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!" Luke 11:13
The Holy Spirit reveals the Son, the Son the Father; through this revelation, we know the True and Eternal God. This is not secret knowledge; it is available to anyone seeking it. The prophet, Jeremiah, stated, "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peach and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart," Jer. 29:11-13.
Knowing the Lord is a bedrock of the Christian faith. We serve a God who wants to be known by His people. Listen to what the Apostle Paul said about knowing Christ:
"Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection of the dead." Phil. 3:8-11
The Apostle Peter encouraged the church to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ" (2 Pt. 3:18). Why?
"Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and brotherly kindness love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins" (2 Pt. 1:2-9).
So then, knowing the Godhead is paramount to living a victorious and fruitful life. But, on the other hand, to not know God is to become unfruitful, resulting in a type of spiritual blindness to come over the believer. Peter warns of this later in 2 Peter 2:20-21, stating, "For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them."
In addition to our relationship with God being the center of our lives, it is the mark of the mature believer and one of the reasons God blessed the church with the five-fold ministries. One could also say it is essential if the church is ever to experience unity. "And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head – Christ" (Eph. 4:11-15).
During my time with Youth With a Mission, the motto was, "To know God, and make Him known." For the past thirty years, it has been my life's goal. I would argue that it is the foundation upon which the Westminster Shorter Catechism states, "The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." It is impossible to truly glorify Him who you do not know, let alone enjoy Him. When we step into an authentic relationship with Christ and know Him, glorifying Him boldly, others will say of us, as they did the apostles, "Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus" (Acts 4:13).