That I Might Know Him

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

Jesus Christ is who makes known the heavenly Father to His children (Matthew 11:27b and John 1:18; 14:6). The more we learn about Jesus himself, the more he can introduce God to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

When we believed and confessed in the resurrection (Romans 10:9-10) we became totally saved. But saved for what, and from what? The answer lies in knowing our Savior, for when we become saved we automatically have a personal Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we first became truly acquainted with him, we believed the Scripture that God raised him from among the dead. Consider what it took to raise and rescue a brutally battered and totally lifeless man from the clutches of the grave and death. Power – enormous power, almost unfathomable might. Yet we believed in it, and the hope of our own eternal life is contingent upon this power.

Philippians 3:10a:
That I may know him {Jesus Christ}, and the power of his resurrection . . .

Why do you suppose that writing this was so important for the Apostle Paul? Because as Paul began realizing the enormous spiritual power that was now in him (as well as in us), he also understood that it was the same power that raised Christ from the dead (Romans 8:11). After our salvation, the power of Christ begins revealing the true characteristics and attributes of God to men and women (I Corinthians 1:24).

Philippians 3:8a:
Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord . . .

The more we learn about the power of our personal Lord and Savior’s resurrection, the more he begins to introduce the ways of God to us, and then the more we become able to live a life not called the abundant life, but “the more abundant life” (John 10:10b). As we continue learning about our personal Savior’s resurrection, power, and the subsequent more abundant life with him that follows, the more Christ Jesus will teach us about his heavenly Father, Who is also now our heavenly Father.

I Have Declared Your Name

Written by Larry M. Jaynes:

 John 17:1:
THESE WORDS spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come {for Jesus to redeem humanity with his life}; glorify thy Son, {in order} that thy Son also may glorify thee:

John chapter 17 is a prayer, and Jesus first asked his Father to glorify him, so that he would have the power to reciprocate glory back to his Father. Jesus went through a horrendous torture; thankfully, we today do not need to face what Jesus went through. But notice that he prayed first so that he would be able to glorify the Father. The Scriptures show that God indeed glorified Christ, and Christ still glorifies his Father. Any prayer that will glorify God blesses our heavenly Father’s heart, and He will always, in His glory, answer your prayers.

John 17:24:
Father, I will {wish} that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

Jesus, in the closing moments of this prayer, prays that we can behold his glory that the Father gave to him. Then Jesus says, “for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” This love that God loved him with has been in the heart of God since before the foundation of the world. This love has passed the test of time and is what allowed Jesus to redeem humanity.

John 17:25:
O righteous Father, the world hath not known thee: but I have known thee, and these have known that thou hast sent me.

It is sad but true that so many people do not know the righteous Father; however, we can be so humbly thankful that we do know Him, and that we do know the Savior whom God sent to us.

John 17:26:
And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: {here is the purpose for Jesus declaring the name “righteous Father” to us} that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

Jesus detailed to his Apostles and disciples (and it is recorded in the Scriptures for us), the Father’s wonderful name, “Righteousness.” Jesus had shown that God was the Creator, that He was the Lord in His personal relationship with us, and that God is our righteous Father. Jesus Christ did all this in his ministry with a purpose, to show us the Father’s love, and the love with which He has loved Jesus since the beginning of time is extended and given graciously to us.

Did Jesus’ prayer get answered? Oh yes it certainly did (Ephesians 1:3-4)! God’s love is now a part of your life, and is now inseparable from your heart (Romans 5:5). In Romans 5:8 we read, “But God commendeth {introduces} his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” Christ has given so much for you (his very life), so that the Father could introduce His love into your heart and give you a spiritual relationship in divine righteousness with Him Who is your heavenly Father.