Dear precious saints of the Most High God,
The Lord impressed upon me the need to send topical study challenges and encouragements. For now, I’m posting this. The goal is to provide a study foundation upon which all may build. I also am challenging us to memorize key verses associated with each topic.
The Lord provided the topic of “Knowing God” which is the foundation of eternal life, which comes from Jesus in John 17:3 (the first suggested memory verse).
And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
The second verse that supports this notion is Jeremiah 9:23-24 (LXX vs 22-23)
Thus says the Lord:
“Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth.
The third verse I have is 1 John 4:7-8:
Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
The interesting thing about this topic is how foundational it is in the scriptures with just about every topic.
In studying this, I used a Greek inter linear with Strong’s greek reference in the OT. The work for “to know” is ginosko and means to become familiar with; to be intimate with. Why this is important is because God shows us the root behind faithfulness and faithlessness is based on how intimately we are getting to know Him in our walk. Is He are “first love” in that we are continually intimately thinking godly thoughts and heartfelt adoration for Him? This is knowing Him, purifying ourselves as He is pure, the pure all things are pure, making the tree good, and in the same vein as “what agreement has Christ with Belial?”
In Noah’s day, the majority of people’s minds were “intimate” with evil thoughts, continually. And God brought judgment upon them all. Noah, however was “intimate” with God’s ways. He “knew” God. Noah’s choosing to obey in thought, heart, and deed, was what made Him righteous.
Think of it this way: God wants us to renew our mind to “think on things pure”, to be cleansing ourselves from the filth of this world and the flesh, and in so doing we will be getting to know Him, becoming intimate with His ways, His thoughts, His Kingdom. Make the tree good or make the tree evil. But we must “make the tree” by choosing whether we will renew our minds, be transformed into the image of Christ. OR by choosing to think on things that are at enmity against God, to harden our hearts through the deceitfulness of sin. It’s ourchoice. But God is helping us to see what choice we should be making.
The challenge to each saint in each household is:
- Memorize John 17:3 and the other verses to help you remember God’s Word and His promises.
- Ask God to help you have a deeper understanding of what it means the eternal life is knowing God and Christ.
- Ask God to show you other places and verses where this concept is taught or revealed in the scriptures. And be prepared to share what you’ve found.
(Hint: it’s all over the Word; Old Testament and New Testament. For instance, Paul said “let this mind or thinking be in you”, which means that we should intimate with God’s thinking and thoughts, nor our old man’s fleshly thoughts.)
If we confess, God is faithful to cleanse our minds so we can start filling it again with Him, His Word, and more.
Don’t settle for a little understanding. Ask for and wrestle for MUCH understanding.
Because without knowing Him, we do not and will not have eternal life.
The Lord bless you as you look into this topic to God’s glory!
“And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life. ” 1 John 2:25