Do You Know Jesus?

do-you-know-himDo you really know Jesus? Let’s see about that…

1 John 2:3-6 NIV

“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands. Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.”
This “knowing” Jesus concept also reminds me of the following verse from Matthew:

Matthew 7:21-27 NIV

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.  Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’  Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

And it continues…

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

Knowing Jesus means putting his teachings into practice. My prayer is that everyone would truly know and follow Jesus.

So, how well do you know Jesus?

About Brad White

R. Brad White is the Founder and President of Changing the Face of Christianity Inc. Brad is a former atheist and became an "on fire for God" Christian in 2005. In 2008, Brad became incredibly burdened by what he perceived as a Christian faith far off course, and Christians far from living the teachings of Jesus Christ. In 2010, Brad submitted to the calling to reverse these negative Christian stereotypes, by starting "Changing the Face of Christianity" (a 501c3 Texas non-profit corporation). Read more about R. Brad White


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Comments

  1. Mostafa says

    Another way you could ask the question is, “Do you have spiritual life?” Jesus prayed to the Father, “. . .and this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.” Jesus says that knowing Him and the Father is life, or put another way, that when Jesus gives life He gives light and revelation and knowledge. Paul prayed, “…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know…” The eyes of the heart enlightened. . . that we would have this heart knowledge thru revelation by His Spirit. Knowing Christ is by spiritual revelation from God, something genuine from God, and not the result of being aware of facts and features, or of study and taking notes. “Do you believe?”and “do you have faith?” are also often taken the same way, whereas Paul wrote, “…with the heart one believes and is justified…” There is spiritual reality to faith and knowing Jesus that mean that such things are impossible apart from Christ in a living way being present. The verses you shared mention the fruit of knowing Him, not only that we would do what He says because He said it, but that we do what He says because we are like Him. Obedience is the fruit and proof of,as well as the way to, likeness, that in a genuine way, at the heart of what we are, we are like Him. To answer your question “how well do I know Jesus?,” more than I did yesterday and more than I did last year. My ever continuing prayer, especially in view of frequent and continuing failures, is that I may know Christ more and become like Him. “Father, I want to know your Son. . . ” is the desperate cry after hard times of either obedience or sin. The great hope that keeps me pressing on is that the Spirit is given to guide me into greater measures of Christ, and that prayer is always answered positively by God

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