KNOWING CHRIST TODAY FOR LIFE

In the video that precedes this text we said the first installments would be dealing with knowing Christ today for life and for godliness based on what is written in 2 Peter. Here is the text in detail I wish to work with in this post and the next.

2Peter1:3-9

3His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. 8For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

In this text Pete says we have it all, yes ALL WE NEED FOR LIFE, EVERYTHING! Why? Because we have His divine power. How do we have this divine power? Peter says through knowing Him. Now knowing him is not as simple as being introduced once to Him as a causal acquaintance. It is about ABIDING intimately and constantly with the Trinitarian presence of God.  The closest example I give you is the kind of relationship a godly marriage would have but it is even more than that.

So by His divine power we have everything we need for life. Life! What all is involved in LIFE?

May I take a stab at this….?

I guess this means that we have everything we need to have a godly marriage, be models to our kids that they love and respect, be able to stay employed at some level of occupation in the face of high unemployment, always have food and shelter.

But wait BREAKING NEWS: this is the by-product not the product of everything we need for life this is not LIFE-WHAT? Everything we need for life is simply HIM!   And we have that through knowledge and then all the rest follows. I think this has already been said as well: But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

This is so darn confounding because we sheep pass up the BEST we can have in life:KNOWING HIM AND HIS KINGDOM AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS to go after the second best stuff of life. Yes the godly marriage, the good kids, the good job and the food and shelter are clearly SECOND to HIM hands down. But how many of us in the church really believe this? A wee little few at best and the results are obvious.

When are we going to understand we have to KNOW HIM to have what HE wants for us. Again this is not a SAVIOR LORD aspect it is ALL of what He offers: SAVIOR, LORD, TEACHER and MASTER. When we stop at LORD and SAVIOR we don’t have the ability to get to the fruits of the LIFE that are the result of KNOWING HIM, being His APPRENTICE and STUDENT and HE our MASTER and TEACHER. Our life becomes compartmentalized and our faith so deadly passive with the end product being a church , a people, that is impotent in effecting the culture and in turn a culture that is in control of the church.

So why do only a wee little sheep have this LIFE? A relationship takes effort, it takes work and the majority of us only have so much energy to give to life (?) these days. So instead of keeping our relationship vibrant and intimate with Jesus we concentrate on the by-product which we think is life.

Look at these words friends:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Now do you see information in there about energy levels and use of energy.  This is addressed to you the 21st Century sheep who are WEARY, BURDENED and need to find REST for your souls. He says we find this REST when we COME TO HIM!! In others words when we SEEK HIM FIRST, ABIDE and KNOW HIM we receive a renewed energy and the by products of life we feel are life naturally come  into our midst.

How and why this happens has to do with the second part of this first series, it occurs through the godliness that we exhibit in our lives.

So I need to stop here for a bit and let you process and comment.

The excitement and the possibilities for your life await in the next post.

See you soon friends!

georgea



3 thoughts on “KNOWING CHRIST TODAY FOR LIFE

  • June 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm
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    Excellent George!

    Seek…abide…know = REST, Assurance, Peace, Contentment, Confidence, Joy, (regardless of circumstance).
    Thank you

    I am renewed…PRAISE OUR GREAT GOD WHO IN HIS MERCY, I DRAW ANOTHER BREATH TO PERSEVERE FOR MY SANCTIFICATION AND HIS GLORY!!

    Humbly (with head bowed down and bent knees)~

    jeff

  • June 23, 2010 at 9:59 am
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    George,

    I think our lack of relationship with Jesus today is indeed a misunderstanding of exactly who He is. God made him both Lord and Christ ……

    “Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.” (Acts 2:36)

    His name is Jesus; meaning ….. transliteration of Joshua – “Jehovah is salvation”
    He is the Christ; meaning …. The Anointed One …. The Messiah …. The Savior
    He is Lord; meaning …. Creator (master) …. God Incarnate (with us) …. Omnipotent (empowering) …. Omniscient (teacher)…. Omnipresent (intimate/caring)…. etc.

    Our relationship to Him is as “liege” ….. owed voluntary service …. not involuntary forced service (robot/slave). We owe Him service, but He allows that payment of service to be voluntary.

    Many only focus on Him as “Jesus” with no relationship implied. Some focus on Him as “Christ Jesus” acknowledging Him as their Savior with no relationship implied. Too few focus on Him as the “Lord Jesus Christ” acknowledging Him as both Savior and accepting Him as Lord of our life. Being the master, the teacher, etc. is all part of a complete understanding of Him as Lord.

    Can you have Him as Savior without accepting Him as Lord? That’s too big a topic for this reply. I just know that without accepting Him “fully and completely” as Lord there is no way I can have my strength renewed, soar on wings like an eagle, run and not grow weary, and walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31).

    Blessings,
    Dean

  • July 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm
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    The longest distance is the 18 inches from the head to the heart. I can know Christ in my head. I was baptized as a baby and did all the things I was told to do as I grew up. Most of my relationship with Christ was imitating what others did not really knowing why I did them.

    About my mid-20’s, I made a commitment to follow Christ. I found a couple who discipled me explained the disciplines to me and why they were important. Over time, it was like I was the rich young ruler asking Jesus, “What must I do to have eternal life?” If I could master the disciplines I would have the relationship mastered and God would be happy with me.

    Happily, God is patient and worked inside my head to get to my heart. I believe this is the knowing Christ for today that you are talking about. The disciplines change from something to do or master to the tools to know Christ more intimately. They no longer are a chore to do but a delight. I believe that I God continually asks me to follow Him and to make the choice. The more that I said yes to the question and was obedient to what He asked of me to do, the more my heart changed and I began to really know Him more. It is a joy to hear Him all the time. Sometimes it is hard especially when I have a lot that I think that I need to do and He is calling me to do something else.

    In our sound bite society and wanting everything now, knowing Christ is an intentional, obedient relationship that develops over time. I think that if I knew then what I know now without making the intentional commitments along the way, I would have been overwhelmed and ran the other way like Jonah. God has been gracious and equips me along the way. I try to encourage people to make the 18 inch journey from the head to the heart and really know Christ.

    Annette

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