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To know God

March 11, 2018

Deuteronomy 7--9

Revised and re-posted is the Verse of the Day for March 11, 2018 found in Deuteronomy 7:9:

Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.

The verb “to know” in this instance is translated from the Hebrew word yada , which according to Strong’s Concordance means: to  know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know.

The same verb occurs in Deuteronomy 4:35 in the Amplified Bible:

To you it was shown, that you might realize and have personal knowledge that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him.

This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby.

Once a person knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and such an individual is forever changed.

God desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with him, we also experience his love. I recall the popular love song of the 1950s recorded by the Teddy Bears expresses a profound truth when connected to God: “To know him is to love him.’

Not only can we know God, but we can know that we know Him, as 1 John 2:3 makes known:

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

As we continue to draw even closer to God, we also come to know Him at even deeper levels of intimacy, as God expresses His desire that we might be filled with the knowledge of His will revealed by the spirit of wisdom and revelation of the knowledge of Him. This desire is expressed in the prayer found in Ephesians 1, which serves as an introduction to this response:

The Spirit of Knowledge

  That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ,

  the Father of glory, may give to you

  the spirit of wisdom and revelation

  in the knowledge of him;

  Ephesians 1:17

 

To excel in mighty works that demonstrate God’s power,

Far above the knowledge of any human mind,

Beyond the confines of any exalted tower,

We pursue knowledge and seek that we might find,

To know the exceeding greatness of that power,

Surpassing natural intellect of the mind;

That we may be filled with the knowledge of His will.

Such knowledge begins with the fear of the Lord,

Knowing that every promise our God will fulfill,

We receive the spirit of knowledge, not just a word.

We have been bought with a price, we are not our own.

Assured that God keeps His covenant we stand still.

The fullness of that knowledge shall someday be shown:

When Christ returns, then shall we know as we are known.

Our desire to know God to an even greater degree is to know His Son, Jesus Christ, so beautifully expressed in the worship song “Knowing You Jesus”:

To know Christ

March 26, 2017

Philippians-1-29

The Verse of the Day for March 26, 2017 comes from Philippians 1:29 (NIV):

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,

This verse also brings to mind this passage from Philippians 3:10-11

God desires that each individual believer might know Christ, that is, have a personal knowledge of who he is, to know him. This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger in his Critical Greek Concordance and Lexicon translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby (p. 485).

Once an individual knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed.

God also desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with him, we also experience not only the power of his resurrection but also the fellowship of sufferings, knowing that if we suffer with him we will also be glorified with him, as Romans 8:18 makes known:

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.

As we move into the season preceding the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we take comfort in knowing that as we partake of his suffering, we shall also be partakers or those who share fully in the glory of his resurrection.

About four years ago, a dear friend was sharing some of the trying circumstances that he was going through at the time. While I was not living under identical conditions that generated great stress, I remarked, “I know what you mean.” He looked up at me and smiled, as he fought back the tears, recognizing that I understood at a deeper level the anguish that he was enduring at the time that we were speaking.

In a similar way, we express our desire to know Christ on such an intimate level.  We thus become “seekers of God’s heart.” We close our discussion with in this moving song by Sandi Patti, Larnelle Harris, and Steve Green:

Sharing fully the sufferings and the glory

March 26, 2015

Philippians-1-29

Revised and re-posted, the Verse of the Day for March 26, 2015 comes from Philippians 1:29 (NIV):

For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him.

The verse is rendered this way in the Amplified Bible:

29 For you have been granted [the privilege] for Christ’s sake not only to believe in (adhere to, rely on, and trust in) Him, but also to suffer in His behalf.

This particular verse also brings to mind Philippians 3:10-11 (Amplified Bible):

10 [For my determined purpose is] that I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him, perceiving and recognizing and understanding the wonders of His Person more strongly and more clearly], and that I may in that same way come to know the power outflowing from His resurrection [which it exerts over believers], and that I may so share His sufferings as to be continually transformed [in spirit into His likeness even] to His death, [in the hope]

11 That if possible I may attain to the [spiritual and moral] resurrection [that lifts me] out from among the dead [even while in the body].

God desires that each individual believer might know Christ, that is, have a personal knowledge of who he is, to know him. This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger in his Critical Greek Concordance and Lexicon translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby (p. 485).

Once an individual knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed.

God desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with him, we also experience not only the power of his resurrection but also the fellowship of sufferings, a sharing fully, knowing that if we suffer with him we will also be glorified with him, as Romans 8:18 makes known:

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.

As we move into the season preceding the celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we take comfort in knowing that as we partake of his suffering, we shall also be partakers or those who share fully in the glory of his resurrection.

In expressing our desire to know Christ on such an intimate level, we become “seekers of God’s heart,” expressed in this moving song by Sandi Patti, Larnelle Harris, and Steve Green:

Just how much God loves me

May 13, 2014

1 John 2-15-17

To be sure, there are times when we pray, and our Father answers in a clear, direct manner that leaves no doubt that God heard our prayer. Many times the answer comes directly from the Word of God which is delivered to a congregation, but upon listening intently, the message seems custom-crafted to fulfill a prayer request that we have uttered individually. Such was the case a week ago when I heard a message by Minister Ulysses Vargas, who delivered a message during the Tuesday evening “Hour of Power” at Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC. The inspired teaching from 1 John 2:15-16 was designed to help the congregation “to understand just how much God loves you.” For me it was an answer to prayer.

As an adjunct professor at Carolina College of Biblical Studies, many times I will begin my classes with a short devotional which ends with a word of prayer, as I ask God to widen our comprehension that we might know more fully just how much God loves us. After reviewing my notes and reflecting upon the message by Minster Vargas, I realized that God answered that prayer, and I was inspired to compose this poem in response:

“. . . Just how much you love me.”

 1 John 2:15-16

 

Father, expand my mind and widen my comprehension

To recognize your ways to an even greater dimension.

As I call upon your name and bow in humility,

Help me to understand just how much you love me.

Enlighten my eyes with the wisdom that comes from above.

You call me beloved, one worthy of your endless love.

When I am tempted, knowing that you love me dispels all fear.

As I seek to please you, open my ears that I might hear

Your word and endeavor to hide it deep within my heart.

Despite past failures, misdeeds, and shortcomings on my part,

Your love is constant and never changes but ever grows,

Unfolding in matchless beauty as a dew-kissed rose.

You say do not love worldly things or pleasures that they bring.

You show me God’s love is to be prized more than anything.

God desires that each individual believer might know Him and experience His unconditional love, that is, to have a personal knowledge of who He is, to know Him.This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger in his Critical Greek Concordance and Lexicon translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby.

God desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God which makes known the love of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with Him, we also experience the love of God, the most powerful force in the universe. Once an individual knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed.

As the days of our lives unfold, we have come to recognize that God’s love still prevails—the love of God, the highest form of love, called agape, never fails. As 1 Corinthians 13 reminds us:

Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

The chapter presenting the greatest definition of the love of God closes with this reminder:

13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love. (New Living Translation)

As Minister Vargas reminded us, God desires that we know just how much he loves us.

Richard Smallwood and Vision offer a stirring rendition of “Oh, How He Loves You and Me”:

To know: I know that I know

March 11, 2014

Deuteronomy_7-9

The Verse of the Day for March 11, 2014 is found in Deuteronomy 7:9:

Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;

The verb “to know” in this instance is translated from the Hebrew word yada , which according to Strong’s Concordance means: to  know, to learn, to perceive, to discern, to experience, to confess, to consider, to know people relationally, to know how, to be skillful, to be made known, to make oneself known, to make to know.

The same verb is used in Deuteronomy 4:35 in Amplified Bible:

To you it was shown, that you might realize and have personal knowledge that the Lord is God; there is no other besides Him.

This kind of knowing corresponds to the Greek word ginosko, translated “to know” in the New Testament.  Biblical scholar E.W. Bullinger translates the verb:

To perceive, observe, obtain knowledge of or insight into.  It denotes a personal and true relationship between the person knowing and the object known, i.e. to be influenced by one’s knowledge of the object, to suffer one’s self to be determined thereby.

Once an individual knows God on such an intimate, experiential level, that person “knows for himself or herself,” and that individual is forever changed.

God desires that we know him, as He expresses His deep desire for intimacy on a very personal level. We come to know God through the Word of God. As we establish and maintain our relationship with him, we also experience his love. I recall that the popular love song of the 1950s recorded by the Teddy Bears expresses a profound truth when connected to God: “To know, know  him is to love, love him.”

Not only can we know God, but we can know that we know Him, as 1 John 2:3 makes known:

And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

As I continue to draw even closer to God, I also come to know Him at even deeper levels of intimacy, where I can now sing this love song for Him:

 I Know that I Know that I Know

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

No matter how many times I go astray

And leave your side and choose to disobey.

When I’m overwhelmed and can’t even pray,

No matter what I do or do not say.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

No one else knows my heart: You are the one

To call me home when I have no place to run.

When I look all around at all that I’ve done,

Despite all my failures, You still call me Son.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

I know that I know that I know that I know.

I know that I know You still love me.

Smokie Norful offers a powerful testimony in song that verifies that he knows God for himself, as he sings “I Know too Much about Him.”