That Ye May Know God

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

In the Gospel of John chapter 17, we have a prayer of Jesus Christ to God that contains so much love and heart. We see how Jesus prayed for God, for others, and for himself. Normally our prayers are not recorded for anyone else to read, and only few of Jesus’ prayers are recorded in the Scriptures. His prayers are set in the Word like diamonds of truth for us to learn and understand the ways of prayer.

John 17:3:
And this is life eternal, that they {believers} might know thee {God} the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

In this wonderful prayer, Jesus explains to us a glimpse of what “life eternal” can mean to the believer: that we may know God, and that we may know Jesus Christ himself. So as we receive our salvation (Romans 10:9-10), then our knowledge of God will continue to grow, and we can begin to understand that our God is “the only true God.” There are many gods or idols that people worship, however, there is only one true God, and as we receive our eternal life we also become acquainted with Him, and the same is true concerning Jesus Christ whom God has sent.

I Corinthians 8:5–6a:
-5: For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, (as there be gods many, and lords many,)
-6a: But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we {are} in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ. . .

Oh, yes, there are many gods that can be worshiped and even cherished, but for the believer who looks to the true God and His Son Jesus Christ, their blessed privilege for doing so is an understanding of “life eternal,” not when we die, but now while we are here upon this earth we can understand our eternal gift.

I John 5:20:
And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him {God} that is true, and we are in him {God} that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is {understanding} the true God, and eternal life.

It is interesting that the very next verse says, “Keep yourselves from idols,” because when we receive this understanding that the Son of God gives to us, we can discern the difference between idols (the many different gods) and the one true God, His Son, and our eternal life.

The longer you are a believing Christian; the more God shows you in the heart of your heart the “life eternal” that you have received. Well, praise God that He indeed sent His Son into the world so that you would have an understanding about the only true God. This brings to the inner consciousness of the soul joy unspeakable and spiritual understanding within your daily life and walk with the only true God.