Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Knowing Jesus

Nothing is as important as knowing Jesus Christ, because Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the
life. There is no other way to have eternal life but to follow and
obey Jesus Christ, and we have to know Him in order to follow Him. He
has to know us in order for us to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus
warned that He will say to many people on the day that they die:"Go
away, I never knew you."
Nothing is more important for us than
to know Jesus Christ and to know Him intimately, and for Him to know
us. The Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians chapter 3 verse 7-11:"
But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as a
loss for the sake of Christ. More than that. I count all things to be
loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,
for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them
rubbish so that I may gain Christ, and may be found in Him, not
having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law but that which
is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on
the basis of faith. That I may know Him and the power of His
resurrection, and the fellowship of His suffering, being conformed to
His death, in order that I might attain to the resurrection from the
death." That is the desire of Paul, as he expressed it
in his letter to the Philippians, to
know Jesus Christ. If we know Jesus Christ, then we obey Him. He
justifies those who obey His words, who live in close communion and
close obedience to Him. His sheep hear His voice, they listen to Him
and they follow Him. He gives His Holy Spirit in those who obey Him.
He comes and dwells in them and He guides them step-by-step, because
they know Him. They follow Him because they love Him and they remain
in Him, they stay in obedience to Jesus, so that they can bear fruit
for His kingdom.
There is nothing as important as
knowing Jesus Christ. We might know about Jesus from the testimony of
other people, we can study the Bible. We can read the words of Jesus
in the gospels and we can know about Him, but we only get to know Him
if we obey Him, if we obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, His words, if
we obey what He commanded; repent and be baptized. Turn away from
sin, turn to Jesus. Seek Him with all our heart, then he will come
and dwell in us, and He will guide us. He will teach us. He will
always be with us, but we have to stay with Him. We have to know Him
for real.
Knowing the Bible, obeying the law, the
law of Moses (Torah), that will not save us, it is the righteousness
that comes from obeying Jesus Christ and walking with Him daily. Paul
was a righteous man according to the Law. He was a Pharisee,
blameless according to the Law of Moses but He realized that that
could not save him. He realized that he had to live in total
commitment and obedience to Jesus Christ, and therefore he called
himself a bond servant of Christ. He voluntarily served Jesus Christ.
He gave up everything, even his life, to follow Jesus Christ. We
might know the Bible. We might know the words of Jesus, we might know
spiritual people or children of God, but if we do not know Jesus, and
if we do not follow Him, then we are heading for destruction.
Nothing is more important for us, than
to know Jesus Christ and to be known by Him. If we seek Him with all
our heart, we will find Him. He will reveal Himself to us. If we seek
His guidance, He will guide us, because He cares for us, but if we
keep on shunning Him, pushing Him away, ignoring Him, then we will
not enter His kingdom. We have to walk with Jesus day by day. Our
relationship with Him must be real. Nothing can be more important
than knowing Jesus, following Him, being with Him, listening to Him
and and going with Him every step of the way until the very end.
Nobody else can do it for us. We have to work out our own salvation
with fear and trembling, because if we are away from Jesus, we have a
reason to fear.
Just believing in Jesus will not save
us. We have to know Him and obey Him, be pleasing to Him, and He has
to approve of us. Do we truly know Jesus? Do we follow Him and obey
Him every day. There is no other way to have eternal life. We have no
hope if we do not have Jesus. We have to follow Jesus and stay with
Him until the very end.
Do you know Jesus and does He know you?
Will He invite you into His kingdom or will He show you away on the
day that you die? Seek Jesus today and every day until the very end.
Stay with Him, or else you have no hope for eternity, only a certain
expectation of damnation. Seek Jesus and follow Him until the very
May Jesus bless you.

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