Do You really KNOW Jesus

6 08 2019

There is a great deal of difference between knowledge about Jesus and truly knowing Him. Most of my college and seminary training was focused on studying the historical life and work of Jesus so that I could teach others about Him. While I did manage to earn a degree in “divinity” I discovered that there was a dimension of knowing Jesus that I was still lacking. I was continually challenged by the words of Paul, “I just want to know Him…” (Phil 3:10). Here was a man who had a dramatic encounter with Jesus, was chosen to be His special apostle, wrote a gospel revealed to him by Jesus, and was still hoping to know Jesus?? If Paul still wanted to increase his knowledge of Jesus where did that put me?

What is it about knowing Jesus that so alludes us? What is it about knowing Jesus that years of theological training and ministry can’t seem to fulfill? I am fairly versed in every “ology” such as soteriology, ecclesiology, etc. but do I have “Jesus-ology” really down? What is it that I am still looking for?

A powerful insight into knowing Jesus comes from His own definition of “zoe aionios” (which has been erroneously translated from the Greek as “eternal life”.[1]) He said, This is (lit: life of the age or figuratively God life) that you would know (bold mine)the Father and Jesus sent (Jn. 17:3). Having “God life” is first of all something that we don’t have to die to experience. It is present, not in the future. Secondly, it is knowing someone not something. God’s greatest desire is to be known by his creation and Jesus was sent to accomplish this objective (John 17:8; Heb.8:11).

It was Paul who further helps us understand this knowing when he said,

For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God (1 Cor. 2:11,12).

This is how we know Jesus and the Father. We have been given His Spirit, His “God life”( John 14:17; Rom.8:15,16). It is His Spirit that enables us to know Him. Our spiritual eyes are opened to what is true and real. It’s being able to “see” who and what has been there all along. (Jn. 3:3)

Paul adds that knowing Jesus is to feel His heart, to know His mind, and to know His pain (Phil. 3:10b).That can only come as we share the same Spirit (1 Cor. 6:17). If we share the same Spirit then that makes us ONE. That is what knowing Jesus is really all about – proclaiming that we share the same life. He is my life and my life is His. We are one life together (Gal.2:20). Knowing myself then is a key to knowing Him.

If I know Jesus then I also know

  1. freedom from laws and principals (Jn. 8:32)
  2. His voice (Jn 10:27)
  3. where He went (Jn. 14:4)
  4. the way to know the Father (Jn. 14:6)
  5. how He came back in the Spirit (Jn. 14:17)
  6. that I am in complete union with Him and God (Jn. 14:20)
  7. the love and fullness of God (Eph. 3:18,19)
  8. how to succeed in this earthly life (Phil. 4:13)
  9. what His passion is (1 Jn 2:4,5)
  10. that I am like Him (1 Jn 3:2)
  11. that I am an overcomer (1 Jn. 5:5)
  12. what is true and what is false (1Jn. 5:20)

Are any of these things being experienced in your life? Then you are getting to know Jesus and getting to know Jesus is as easy as accepting His life as yours. He is knocking and waiting at your heart’s door to commune with you (Rev. 3:20). There, in your heart, is where He wants to dwell and how He makes Himself known to you and me. Get to know Him and the Father more and more (1 Jn. 2:13b).

Dennis D 8619




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