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.

Finding a Positive Circle

“All too often in Christian circles, we become proficient at fault-finding and being critical of the sins of others, but God in Christ did not do this ― they did not impute or condemn us, rather they forgave and loved. The Bible reads in Romans 2:1, he who judgest doeth the same thing. We have been given the word of reconciliation to love, to encourage, to bless, and to instruct people into the ways of God’s love and forgiveness.” ~LMJ~