Do You Really Know Christ?

feb11In past posts, I’ve mentioned that we must have a personal relationship with Jesus in order to be saved and go to heaven. But some folks might sincerely think they know the Lord without really knowing him.

How can this be? The word “know” has an additional meaning in the Bible which isn’t found in the world’s literature. To know somebody in the biblical sense of the word means to have intimate relations with that person.

A good example of this is when Adam and Eve were created. Genesis 4:1 (KJV) says, “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, ‘I have gotten a man from the LORD.'” It’s obvious what happened there.

Jesus called his followers his sheep. He said in John 10:14 (KJV) “I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.” Knowing Christ then means a spiritually intimate relationship, not merely knowing about him.

Just as in marriage when a man and a woman become one flesh, so we must give ourselves to our Lord and Saviour. And just as couples grow in love with one another, barring disagreements and fights of course, so we grow in our love of Christ.
cover of How I Was Razed: A Journey from Cultism to Christianity
How glad I am that I know Jesus for who he really is. A sick house church minister taught me lies about the Godhead to the point where I turned against them for nine lonely years. How I Was Razed shows how the heavenly Father gently guided me to proper Bible teachers. What a wonderful difference knowing the Saviour makes!

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7 thoughts on “Do You Really Know Christ?”

  1. How could people living before Jesus’ time really have a relationship with Christ? What about all those people who never received the gospel? Aren’t they all going to hell? How could God categorically deny all those people access to heaven? Does not seem like a just God at work.

    1. That’s a good point. I wrote some time ago that God looks on the heart rather than the external appearances. What he wants is people who place their trust in him rather than external things or their own abilities. Read the seventeenth chapter of the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible and you’ll see that God gave people a break in the past but now he wants all people to believe in Jesus Christ. Hebrews chapter eleven shows how Old Testament believers’ faith was accounted to them as righteousness, even though Christ hadn’t been born yet. They all looked forward to the coming of the messiah who would conquer sin.

    1. As Paul said in Acts chapter seventeen, God arranged for all the people to be in their various lands. He also said in Romans chapter one that people have the knowledge in their souls but they choose to suppress it. Various verses in the Old Testament also say that people can find God if they search for him and he isn’t far away from those seekers.

      I plan on writing in May about the concerns raised here. People need to know that the Lord isn’t playing silly games with people but has given us enough information to cause us to seek him.

      Thanks for bringing up this subject too. Feedback which is courteous and intelligent is always welcome.

  2. But God is real. Continuing scientific discovery is proving evolution to be a false theory. More and more symbiotic relationships between such factors as chemicals in the eye and related animal species shows how the world was created, not an accident.

    Cosmology also shows that Earth is in the perfect place for life to exist. And yet, it couldn’t have happened by accident because of the staggering statistical improbability of forming even one amino acid. There are so many forces acting to destroy such a fluke that it couldn’t have happened and created the complex variety of living creatures even in such a relatively safe environment as our planet provides.

    Logic also declares the existence of God. All effects need a cause. The only way to have a beginning cause is to have one which is eternal.

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