“Do you know the Lord?”
How often do you hear people as the question, “Do you know the Lord?” Don’t get me wrong. This is an extremely important question. In fact, one can not be saved if he does not know the Lord. In the great judgment scene, Jesus is pictured as telling individuals to depart from Him because He never “knew” them (Matt. 7:23) In His return, He is portrayed as returning with His mighty angels, “In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.” (2 Thess. 1:7-9) Knowing God is of utmost importance.
“What does it mean to know the Lord?” Most individuals, who ask the question “Do you know the Lord,” do not themselves have a complete understanding of what it means to know the Lord. The typical belief is that to know the Lord means that you believe that Jesus is the Christ. Knowing the Lord means so much more than simply acknowledging the fact that Jesus is the Christ. What then does it mean to know the Lord?
The word “know” comes from a Greek word which means to have knowledge of; to understand or to become acquainted with. The word “acquaint” means to cause to come to know personally or to make familiar with. In summation, to know Jesus means that I have knowledge of who He is, I understand every detail about Him, and I am personally familiar with Him. Do you know the Lord this way? Are you familiar with His deity, His character, His power, His purpose, His love, and His desire? To know someone to this degree requires one spending countless hours with an individual. Perhaps this is why we are encouraged to study the scripture (2 Tim. 2:15), for they are the one source that tell us about the life He lived. To know the Lord also requires that the do His will. The apostle John stated, “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments.” (1 Jn. 2:3)
What happens when we truly know the Lord? To begin with, we have the promise of answered prayer. “And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 Jn. 5:15) Every time I approach my heavenly Father, I can be confident that He will not only hear me, but He will also answer me. Why? I know Him. In the second place, I have the love of Christ is in my life. Everyone is loved by someone, but when we “know the Lord,” we become acquainted with the greatest love that has ever been known by man. We have the love of Christ in our lives. “And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.” (Eph 3:19) In the third place, I have eternal life. Just imagine the thought of never dying crossing your mind. This thought will become a reality when we live our lives “knowing Jesus.” “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 Jn. 5:13).
Oh there are other ways in which God will bless us when we come to know His Son, but these should whet our appetites and create a desire within us to want to know the Lord. Do you know the Lord? If not, why not come to know Him today through obedience to His will. (Heb. 5:8-9)