“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Timothy 3:7)
This is where we are if we think it’s up to us to live the Christian life. We will be ever searching for more information, more knowledge of what God expects of me etc. etc. The truth is God doesn’t see things this way at all because what he’s looking for is for us to let his Son be revealed in us. Paul tells us in Galatians that it pleased God to reveal his son in him. So God isn’t looking for us to learn more about him in order to live a life that is pleasing to him, but rather he’s looking for us to let his Son shine through us. This is quite a shift in our understanding at first.
Since the fall we have been on a quest to learn and gather information about God and the world around us. This type of learning by way of reading, observing, study and so on isn’t wrong, in and of itself, but is only surface knowledge of God. In fact real knowledge of God only comes about by way of revelation. Do you remember when Jesus asked his disciples “Who do men say that I am?” Peter stepped up and said, “Some say Jeremiah, Elijah or one of the prophets.” Jesus then turned and said, “Who do you say I am?” Peter said, “You are the Christ, the son of the living God.” Do you remember what Jesus said to them? He said, “Flesh and blood did not reveal this to you but my Father in heaven.”
Getting knowledge or understanding of God only comes when he grants us revelation. It will never come by way of seminars, books, video, Sunday school classes or even preaching. No, it only comes through Spirit revelation. God may in fact choose to give revelation through any one of these means but it is ultimately only through his Spirit that he reveals himself to us.
Have you ever known something and yet not possess it? Some call this head knowledge compared to Spirit knowledge. Sometimes we may know something, in our heads, long before it becomes settled in our spirits. This is why we can read the Bible and read words, and even understand them to a certain extent, and yet one day it lights up for us and it’s as if it is the first time we ever saw it. This is the difference between what is called head knowledge and spirit knowledge.
I remember when I first came to see, and understand, that Christ not only died for me but he died as me. This is a huge, huge leap to take at first. Believing that Jesus Christ died for me is common knowledge to all that are saved. After all that is the first part of what we learn about salvation, right? We hear that Jesus died for us so we could be forgiven of our sins. We’re told to place our faith in him and we will be saved. Wonderful beyond words we’re forgiven!
Coming to the place where we discover we were crucified with Christ is another thing all together isn’t it? Although Romans 6 clearly declares that we were crucified, buried and raised with Christ for some reason we just aren’t as quick to accept that. Most have lived their lives for years and years only knowing that Christ died for them. Some may never come to see the fact that Christ died as them, but it changes nothing. Even if they don’t see it God still says it’s true. Paul tells us in Galatians 2:20 “I no longer live but Christ lives in me.” You see the old man, our human spirit indwelt and controlled by sin, was crucified with Christ, and our new man indwelt by the Holy Spirit or Christ in us, was resurrected. We have been transformed into a brand new creature. This is what God wants us to know.
I pray God will grant you revelation knowledge of who you are in Christ. I ask that you come to see that Christ is our wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. In him we are whole, holy, justified and beyond reproach. Once we truly come to see this we will finally come to the knowledge of the truth which is Christ in you the hope of glory!
Written by Louie