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Knowing Him Better

Discussion in 'Deeper Fellowship' started by Allan Walker, Nov 24, 2020.

  1. Allan Walker

    Allan Walker Member Supporter

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    I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. (Ephesians 1:17, NIV)

    The process of coming to spiritual maturity is based upon coming to “know” the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ. This does not mean that we come to “know about God,” but that we come to “know God.”

    We may have heard about some worthy person in our community from others. We may have read about what they have done and studied and admired their life story. But until we have met and conversed with them in some way and for some time and sensed something of their inner being and their motives, we can’t say that we really “know” them.

    Thus growing in our “knowledge” of God is not an intellectual or emotional process. Rather, it is the result of an ongoing experience of “fellowship” brought about by the “Spirit of wisdom and revelation” doing his work within our innermost being.

    We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. We write this to make our joy complete. (1 John 1:3-4, NIV)

    God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. (1 Corinthians 1:9, NIV)

    Jesus told us that we start to pray by saying “our Father” (Matthew 6:9). In other words we are to talk to God as a child would to its parent. We can tell him how we feel, what our immediate needs are and bring the needs of others and ask him to do something about them.

    But transcending all this, we start to come to an understanding of his eternal goals and how he wants us to become involved in bringing them to fulfillment. In this way we can learn to leave our own needs to him and become absorbed in whatever he wants to do in the sphere in which he calls us to be involved.

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  2. Blade

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    THIS is what I love to see off to the right "new threads". Praise GOD glory to Jesus!
     
  3. Stone-n-Steel

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    After going through this:

    2Cor. 11:24-27 Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.

    Paul said this:

    Phil. 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death.

    To go through all those sufferings to "Know Him" you have to believe "In Him" and the "Power of His Resurrection."
     
  4. Allan Walker

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    Yes. But there are two phases in this process.
    Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, (1 Peter 2:2, NIV)

    Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity,… (Hebrews 6:1, NIV)

    There is a time and a place for each of them.

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