Intimacy with Jesus: Knowing Him
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”
In these verses, the word “know” is translated from the Greek word Ginosko. It means “experiential knowledge” or “intimacy.” Jesus Christ is Omnipresent, (present everywhere in the highest Heavens and throughout all of creation), and so, He is near to us for us to get to know Him personally- intimately. Because Jesus- the Christ- has made Himself available to the sons and daughters of man, we can get to know Him personally-intimately. Do you know Jesus Christ intimately?
People who say, “I know God,” but do not do His will for their lives as revealed in the Holy Bible and through the Presence and Ministry of the Holy Spirit- do not know Jesus intimately. To know Jesus intimately is to be so wrapped-up and caught-up with Him that we become like Him. It has been said that, “bad company will corrupt your morals.” The opposite is true, also; good company will influence you to do what is good and right.
When Paul was incarcerated for His faith in Jesus Christ, Paul’s one consuming passion was this- to get to know Jesus Christ more intimately on every level of life. He wanted to get to know Jesus inside of the Joys life brought him and through the sorrows and sadness that hardships brought along.
Jesus the Messiah was a “man of sorrows” wrote Isaiah the Prophet of old. Some people hear the word intimacy and think that it is a thing that will bring them happiness. But, in all reality, we must also “participate” in His sufferings, too. The same ways Jesus Experienced Joy and Sorrow will be the same ways we experience Joy and Sorrow, if we are intimate with Him.
Reader, one of the anchors to our souls that we have in being that intimate with Christ to the point of suffering is that God is the “God of All comfort.” So- don’t be thrown off by the word “suffering” because He will comfort us in every hardship- if we are born from above through embracing Jesus as our Lord and Saviour- our first act of Intimacy with Jesus. Then later, with the same Comfort God shows us, we will be able to pass on that comfort to others. Paul tells us this in his letter to the Corinthians and I believe it. Intimacy in any relationship has both the Joys of that relationship and the hardships too- that’s life.