Know Thy God (John 17:1-3 KJV)
Know Him for Yourself!
"These words spake Jesus, and lift 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" (John 17:1-3 KJV).
In verse 3 Jesus tells us what life eternal is, that they (meaning us) might know thee the only true God and Jesus Christ whom the Father has sent. The Holy Spirit conveys these words and empowers us to understand them as Jesus asks the Father, that we might know the only true God and His Christ. In coming alone to the throne of God, we ascend by the stairs as we seek His majesty, so that we can understand and know the God we serve in our personal relationships with and to Him.
I truly honor and respect the life of Jesus Christ, and appreciate how He lived it here on earth. Jesus is one I can place total confidence in. He is one I esteem valuable of and worthy of my trust. I am learning more every day and in every way how important it is to trust Him. He is absolutely honest; He doesn’t have any sin, we need to comprehend the knowledge of His sinlessness, as much as we need Him to cover us. If you have seen the Son, than you’ve seen the Father also. In a world where every creature, which was, is or ever shall be is guilty of sin, I need the sinlessness of Jesus Christ to be my guiding light; I am learning how refreshing that is in a world where sin degrades everyone. He is not a man that He should lie or the son of a man that He should repent.
Jesus is the only one who has walked the earth in human form and has not committed sin, and is sinless perfection and that is posture we are learning, in following Him. I understand how the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3 would state, "that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection". This was personal for him; he was saying I want to know Jesus for myself. The wondrous thing is that Jesus doesn’t have the ability to sin, which is a revelation of the life that we all will have one day. We will know the power of resurrection, because we will be as He is, sinless! And that is eternal life, knowing thy Godhead.
Jesus is the express image of God the Father. God is immutable and changeless and His Word is His bond. It is holy, infallible and worthy of all of our trust. God doesn’t change His mind, will, nature or word. These are motivational aspects for the nurturing of our faith, so that we know and understand what the God we serve is like. I can trust God because of His holiness, and I am confident that unholiness and ungodliness doesn’t stem from Him. I can anchor my faith in His character and rest assured. We are learning and coming to know how to walk in our new image created in Christ Jesus and our destination is towards holiness. Every step the Body of Christ is making is towards holiness under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and Holy Word.
We are always subject to change; it is up to us to embrace that change for the better. To be subject to change isn’t really something you can trust. If you don’t know how someone will act, or think from day to day, doesn’t provide a basis for trusting them. God is the same yesterday, today and forever, meaning He is immutable, changeless. The fact that He changes not heals our faith to trust Him even more. God is our fortress and we can rest in Him. There isn’t anything in the world that provides the rest that He gives. We lay down on a pillow most nights or whenever we desire to rest our heads, but it is only temporal.
The finish works of Jesus Christ carry us into rest every day, which will spill over into eternity with our God. God’s gifts and callings are without repentance. He is not an Indian giver. He will never give us anything out of His abundance and snatch it back, because there is no lack in Him, nor will He ever know lack. We have learned from the world system how to put conditions and terms on everything; we are unlearning how to put conditions on who is capable of unconditional love, God. Inclusive in all aspects of law is a contractual agreement with terms and conditions, but the Word and Spirit of God produces better people.
Now, we must unlearn conditions that are not applicable to the character of God. We must believe and receive that God’s love is unconditional. What we knew before salvation has to be purged, and pruned. Know your God for yourself. I encourage you to get to know God for yourself, stop taking second hand information and investing your faith in it, because if you fail to know thy God, the enemy will give you a portrayal devised by lies and he will use anyone available to distort the beauty and excellence that God truly is.
Take self-inventory and make sure you know the God you serve for your self. Build your personal bond with your God. It starts with personal relationship and spreads to corporate and collective fellowships (Koinonia). Each and every member of the Body of Christ is a member in particular. We are all in a relationship with God, which epitomizes what is meant by a heart to heart with Him. My prayer is that the anointing will unlock newness in your heart and grant you a new confidence towards knowing your God. May grace and mercy be your guides and hold your hand everyday.