Sunday, June 1, 2014

+DEV+ Personally Knowing God

Date: June 1, 2014 10:09 PM
Topic: +DEV+  Personally Knowing God

Personally Knowing God

"Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent." John 17:3

Scripture Focus: John 19-20

My wife works for a university which offers students over 200 different degree programs. Years of study can be invested to gain knowledge about almost anything under the sun. Many of those fields of study are gifts of grace from God to help us learn about the world He created and gave us dominion over. Yet, God inspired King Solomon 3,000 years ago to reflect that "the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge" (Proverbs 1:7). Nothing is worth knowing like knowing God. That's why theology is important. 

Theology, we said, is not just for pastors and scholars. Studied rightly, it has daily benefits of teaching us about the God who saved us and wants us to know Him more. Jesus has the authority to give eternal life (John 17:2), but what exactly is that? In today's verse Jesus provides the answer: To know God, and know His Son whom He sent. We can know a lot of things in life; many academics will insist that this is supreme. What (rather, Who?) can possibly be more important than knowing the Lord?

Insight: We must guard our hearts against the danger of knowing about God but not truly, personally knowing God.

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