Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Knowing God

Preachers like to say that Christians should not know only about God; we ought to know God. But what’s the difference? What does knowing God really mean? Well, if we dig into the Bible a little bit, we see that people who know God
  • understand God’s nature (Jer. 9:24)
  • recognize Jesus’ voice (Jn. 10:7-16)
  • have forgiveness of sins (Jer. 31:33-34)
  • abstain from immorality (1 Thess. 4:3-6)
  • have God’s protection (Jer. 24:4-7)
  • have God’s Spirit and law in our hearts (Jn. 14:7; Jer. 31:33-34)
  • keep God’s commandments (1 Jn. 2:3)
  • love one another (1 Jn. 4:8)
  • take care of the poor and needy (Jer. 22:15-16)
  • are born again (1 Jn. 4:7)
  • worship God (Is. 19:21)
OK, then. That’s a lot more intense than simply knowing about God—and a lot more rewarding.

(c) Copyright 2007, A. Milton Stanley

2 comments:

Jon Clayton said...

Milton, glad you are back to posting again. Pray all is well with your soul.

Milton Stanley said...

Yes, I'm blessed to be in this work at North Penn. It's also great to see that you, perhaps the most faithful reader of this blog, have stayed with me during the long break. Thanks, Jon.