Knowing God

And this is eternal life that they may know you, the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3 NRSV

Blurred christmas lightsThe gift of God, to all those who place their faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, is eternal life. But what is eternal life?

Jesus’ own words tell us that eternal life is knowing. It is knowing God the Father, who is the one true God. It is also knowing Jesus Christ, who is God’s own Son. Knowing God and Jesus births eternal life!

We come to know God and Jesus because we are recipients of revelation.  By God’s grace our blind eyes are made to see. Our deaf ears are made to hear. Our darkened minds are enlightened. By God’s grace, truth is revealed to us.

By God’s grace the blind see and the deaf hear.

Once we know the truth, the truth sets us free! It sets us free from sin-sick ways of thinking. It frees us from the lies and half-truths that challenge our faith. It frees us from the closed-mindedness that denies God, and God’s love for us.

The truth sets us free!MP900409317[1]

Now, as recipients of revelation, we live in a new reality! We have a whole new way of thinking. We see God as our loving heavenly Father. We know God as Creator. We realize that God loved us so much that he gave his only Son for us. We experience the indwelling of God’s own Spirit, and enjoy the sweetness of living in God’s own presence.

We have come to know who God really is.

As recipients of revelation we have also come to know who we really are. We are children of God. We are beloved. We are washed in the blood of the Lamb. We are followers of Jesus Christ. We are residents of the kingdom of God. We are people who know the truth, and the truth has, and will continue to, set us free!

The more we realize the truth about God and about ourselves, the more we are changed by that truth. The better we know God, the more we live to love and to serve. The more we long to grow in the knowledge and grace of God.

So what can we say? Knowing God and Jesus Christ has changed us, and continues changing us. This is eternal life!MP900409718[1]

Why not celebrate the gift of eternal life that you have? Thank God that you are a recipient of revelation. Rejoice in the saving knowledge you have received. Praise the Lord for the great reality of God’s love, and the new life it has given you!

Celebrate the gift of eternal life!

Then live in the light of what God has revealed to you. Keep your mind grounded in heavenly realities. Use what you know about God and Jesus Christ to empower you, to guide your decisions, and to light your way. Most importantly, continue spending time getting to know God even better, and enjoy the fruits of eternal life!

Know copyPrayer:

Giver of eternal life, you have brought me out of the darkness and into the light. Knowing you has made all the difference! Continue to help me grow in knowledge of you and your Son Jesus Christ. I want to know you better, to love you more and to serve you always!

Amen.

 Knowing God is Eternal Life!

 

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