Knowing about someone is one thing. Knowing that person is quite different. We cannot therefore count all those who know about Christ as those who know Him. In fact, what they knew about Christ is what moved the unbelieving Jews to kill Him. They hated Him because of what they saw and knew of Him. He was not walking in their way. They did not know Him as the Savior of His church. And they did not know Him as the Son of God, the third person of the Holy Trinity in our flesh. Therefore they did not know the blessedness of belonging to Him as a member of His body, the church which He saved by His blood. They did not know Him as Paul presents Him, when in Philippians 3:10 he wrote this awesome desire which was his: "That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death."
Quite plainly we do not know Him unless we know the power of His resurrection, which means that we are enjoying what He realized for us through His resurrection. It means that we belong to Him, and that His suffering and death were for our salvation. It means that we have fellowship with Him in all this work and are wonderfully blest by Him and in Him.
Christ's death then became our death; and the blessings He earned became our blessings. These will fully become ours when He returns and raises our bodies from the dead.
How about it? Do you merely know about His death and resurrection? Or do you know the blessedness of these because you know Him to be your Savior? Do you search as well as read the Scriptures to learn more about Him as your Savior? You cannot know Him without knowing about Him in all the work He came to perform and did do for our salvation. Knowing Christ we know that He is able to bring us to glory. Knowing that, you have no fear, but confidence and peace, for your soul.
Read: II Timothy 1:1-12
John Calvin on Psalm 139:17: "The Prophet has properly placed this righteousness after goodness, as being the effect of goodness. He also asserts that it extends to the children and children’s children, according to these words in Deut. 7:9, ‘God keepeth mercy to a thousand generations.’ It is a singular proof of His love that He not only receives each of us individually into His favour, but also herein associates with us our offspring, as it were by hereditary right, that they may be partakers of the same adoption. How shall He cast us off, who, in receiving our children and children’s children into His protection, shows to us in their persons how precious our salvation is in his sight?"
John Calvin: "He who is envious of another will have the greatest difficulty in keeping out of some kind of trouble or quarrel with him" (Sermons on II Samuel, p. 125).
- Date: 22-October