Knowledge vs Knowing

I’ve come to realize something over the last few days: whatever it is we cling to tightest, we stand to lose. If it is money, we can gain everything, and yet lose our soul. If it is relationships, they will ultimately let us down. If it is things, or prestige, or power, or whatever we may have, time will be the harbinger that destroys any empire we have built, and we will all have to face oblivion alone with the choices we have made.
 
I say this because everything in this world is false. Every thing. Even the stuff we are made up of fails and dies, it returns to the dust. It is but a container for who and what we truly are, the eternal spirit that dwells in every person. This world is a proving ground, and the test is this: do we choose ourselves, choose things that will eventually fade in to dust, or do we seek the eternal.
 
There is only one eternal thing (apart from ourselves) that will bring fulfillment, and this is not a thing at all, but the person of God. God grants us the freewill to make a choice: our selfishness, or His selflessness. He will not make the choice for us, and let us live our lives. His goal is not to make us good people, but to make us more like Him in our nature! He wants us to see the need for Him, and the more we dull our mind with comforts, such as gadgets, gizmos, homes, stuff, relationships, and money, we will never truly see a need for Him because we’ve medicated ourselves by comfort, and dulled our minds with entertainment to the true reality that is a personal relationship with the personal God of the Universe.
 
We can only find this through life in Jesus Christ, who’s aim isn’t to merely make us good people, but to make us like Himself. He, being fully God put on man’s flesh and lived among us. He related to us in every way. He only said to His followers “Follow Me,” and then taught them the cost of doing so. He did not merely get rid of their current sins and problems, He, over the course of His life and theirs perfected them (though, until death, not a one was truly perfect), and He has been doing so to His followers ever since. It is not knowledge of God that saves, but knowing Him personally. It is not having all the answers, but seeking the Answers of Jesus Christ that saves.
 
This world and all in it will fail, but Jesus has stood the test of time, has outlasted the critics of His lifetime, and has withstood everything from war to persecution, to threats of change. He knows no national boundaries, is not caught up in the racial divide, and cares not a lick if you’re rich or poor. He is in countries that hate Him, and He dwells even in countries that claim Him, but chase after their own comforts. You cannot stop Him; you can either come to know Him personally, or get left behind in the wake of His glory. It is your choice.

1 John 4English Standard Version (ESV)

Test the Spirits

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. They are from the world; therefore they speak from the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God. Whoever knows God listens to us; whoever is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

God Is Love

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 John 4:20 Some manuscripts how can he
English Standard Version (ESV)The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.


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