To Know God.
This is it. The answer. Why did Jesus give His life? So we could know Them. So we could be Their friends. God made us to have relationship with Him. But sin and satan got in the way. How do I know this? Because Jesus told us.
John 17:3 And this is life eternal, that they might know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. (UKJV)
Eternal life is about knowing Them. I am going to look at one of the words to take this deeper. Also does the Old Testament support this?
Blue letter Bible website says:
Know- ginosko- G1097.
Perceive, understand, to learn to know, feel, have knowledge of, to become acquainted with. Be sure. Knowledge ground in personal experience.
It also says a Jewish idiom for sex between a man and a woman. I would say intimacy. This is a level of knowledge that I would say that most Christians don’t have. I thought it interesting that feel was in there. Lets think about this. When you meet some one for the first time you get to know them. You laugh with them, you cry with them, you share life with them. I think that God wants all of this, but at a deeper level. I am not saying that He wants to become your boy/girlfriend or wife/husband. But I think that God wants that level of intimacy with out the physical side. When you fall in love with some one feelings play a huge part in that. I think that God, Jesus and Holy Spirit want us to feel their love.
In many of my private times and worship times I have felt Their love. It is amazing. It makes you feel safe. God is love. 1 John 4:8. Why wouldn’t He want you to feel that love? They want to know you. All you have to do is say ok.
I had a look in the Old Testament for any kind of back up for this theory. This is what I found.
Jeremiah 31:31,34. Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah: And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, says the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more. (UKJV)
I think Jeremiah is talking about everyone not just Israel and Judah. A new covenant. Jesus is that covenant. It says we shall all know God. The know here is very similar to the Greek. It does say to experience like in the Greek.
God wants to know you. He wants you to be His son/daughter but also His friend. That is the choice that we have to make. Not to be saved or born again but to want to know Them. God loves you what ever you choose. Doesn’t mater what religion you are or what you believe. Whether you believe in Him or not. Like the Father in the prodigal son story. He is waiting to see you and when He does He will run to you. He will hug you and kiss you and put His coat around you. He will place His ring on your finger and throw you a banquet. For once you where dead but now you are alive. You where lost and now you are found. Will you come? The choice is yours.
Jesus did a lot on the cross. He healed the world, set us free, gave us new life, most importantly He has brought us back to the Father. The choice we make is to want to know Them. What does this new covenant mean for us today?
Jesus promises us His joy, His peace and His abundance. John 15:11, 16:24, 17:13. John 14:27,16:33 , John 10:10. He gives us life. John 6:33, 51, 10:10. He promises that we will always be in His hand and the Fathers hand. John 10:28,29.
Jesus gives us authority. Luke 10:19, Mark 16:17,18. His word through us will be confirmed through the accompanying signs. Mark16:20.
There is so much, which we have which we do not know or understand. This is why we need Holy Spirit to help us understand it all. Jesus wants us to continue His work. He wants us to tell the world about Him and His loving Father and Spirit. God doesn’t want us to suffer and never has. He wants us to live a good and fruitful life with out trouble and suffering. But the enemy wants us dead. The battle is in our minds. We need to have them renewed so we can see what Jesus has truly done for us. Once we get hold of this and realise who we truly are then God can use us to spread His word. God, Jesus and Holy Spirit loves you. Who ever you are what ever you believe. It’s not about joining a church and paying your membership fee so you can dodge hell. Its not an escape plan so you don’t roast for all eternity. It’s about Love. It always has been and always will be. Satan doesn’t want you to have a relationship with the Father. He wants you to suffer and worship him anyway he can get you to. But God wants you free. Who will you choose?
Know this. When your time is ended and you have breathed your last. There will be one person waiting for you. Jesus is His name. He will welcome you and look after you. You do not need to be afraid. There is no work required and no price to pay. Love is the only thing you need. All They want is for you to love Them and for you to love you brother or sister as yourself. Which means you need to love your self as well. How do I know this? I know this because Jesus is in charge of death now. Like Paul said death where is your sting. 1 Corinthians 15:55.
For us who know Them. Our Job is to show the world Their love. To be kind to the person who takes your parking space. To buy an umbrella for the homeless lady when it’s raining. To hold you sister when she is in need. Jesus sends us to look after those who are hurting whether physical or emotional. We are to be Him in this world. We can know Them like friends. Whether we can see Them before our time is up I don’t know. But They are with us all the time. Whether we feel Them or not. Always waiting. Always caring and always loving. Lets get out there and tell the world what They have done for us and for everyone.
John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father has sent me, even so send I you. (UKJV)
There is so much more which I could have put into this study. But I think I will finish it here. Please look into the scriptures. Ask Holy Spirit for help. He is always willing. All you have to do is ask. Don’t take my word for it. I write these blog’s and studies because I see a lot of hurt and suffering in the world. My heart is for the church. So many Christians that I have seen on line and in life all are wanting a true relationship with they’re Father. But they don’t know Him. If these blog’s and studies could help just one person then to me it is worth every moment.
I was lost once. Broken and hurting. Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit lifted me up and healed me. Yes there are still things that need to be healed but my Joy has been returned. The child that was lost has found his way again. All thanks to the love that They have shared. You don’t have to look all you need to do is turn. They are waiting.
God Bless you all for reading this and all my other blog’s. I pray that you will know the Father in the way the Son does. I pray for all you who are sick and suffering that the light of Jesus will come and heal you of what ever is wrong. I also pray that you will experience Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit in a new way and that you will feel their love like never before. God bless.