How many times have we worshipped and said: “Oh God you are good”, “God you are awesome”, etc., etc.? I can personally recall the countless number of times I have done this without thought. One
thing however is certain: most of us have a common vocabulary we use for God. The primary question however is whether we believe in what we are saying or we say these things because that’s what we’ve been told God is. I have heard several stories about Obama. I have heard some good things he has done. I’ve also heard about some challenges his administration faces. This however does not guarantee that I know him. I can only claim to know him personally after gaining familiarity by experience with him. What then is ‘knowing God’? Knowing God is simply put (in my humble opinion), having a personal encounter with him. With that said, being a regular church attender does not guarantee you know God.
Why must we know God?
Knowing God brings us into his presence and reduces the flesh
“And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.” Genesis 5:24
Whenever I read the verse above I jump and scream. It’s so powerful! This was the first time a man had been raptured! This man was known as Enoch. He had a personal encounter with God. He knew God personally. So much that he lived by faith in him and trusted his words and promises (Heb. 22:5-6). Enoch pleased God so much (Heb. 11:5) that God honored him by taking him away from the earth to be in his presence forever without experiencing death! Hallelujah! This means that knowing God brings us into his presence forever! Are you thinking! If you’re in the presence of God forever what can you lack? He made all things by his words alone! Hallelujah! Hold on- I’m not done yet. Again, “…he was not”! In order words when you walk with God you are taken away. You no longer live. You die and he lives and increases in you. Walking with God will reduce the flesh. It will decrease you that he may increase in you. Hallelujah! No wonder Paul said he counts everything a loss compared to the knowledge of the lord Jesus Christ!
Knowledge of God saves us from sin
“With flattery he will corrupt those who have violated the covenant, but the people who know their God will firmly resist him.”
The verse above talks about Antiochus IV Epiphanes (175 – 164 BC), a type of the anti Christ prophesied by the prophet Daniel. Antiochus was a wicked man who wrongfully took the throne from the young son of his brother (as prophesied in Daniel 11:21). He was a deceitful man who developed hatred of the Jews and their holy covenant law. As prophesied by Daniel, Antiochus marched to Jerusalem and offered a pig on the temple alters, stopped the daily sacrifices required by God’s law and setup in the holy place an image of the Greek god Zeus. His flattery corrupted some Jews and some joined him (what a shock). God however had a faithful remnant that never joined Antiochus! Hallelujah! Though persecuted, these people refused to partake in his abominable sins. They were however not ordinary people. These were those who knew their God! Hallelujah! They thus firmly resisted Antiochus as prophesied by the prophet Daniel. What then is the conclusion of this paragraph? Knowledge of God is required to resist evil! Hallelujah!
Those who know God have eternal life
“And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” John 17:3
Ah, what else can I say? The verse above sums it all up: those who know God have eternal life. Those who don’t know God are condemned. Knowing God is not an option; it’s a necessity and a requirement for eternal life. Hallelujah!
How then do we know that we know God? How can we know God? Stay tuned on my next articles in this series on knowing God. Comments are welcome.