The Knowledge of God
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.
We have received life with God, our Father, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Because we know Jesus, we also know the Father. So what can we or should we expect from this new life and knowledge that we have been given?
One thing we know is that we have been given a new name and have been sealed by the Father. The whole family (Greek-fatherhood) in heaven and on earth has been named by God. Revelation 2:17 tells us, “I will also give him (he that endures faithfully until the end) a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it” (NIV). The white stone represents a reward.
Something else we know is that we have been filled with the Holy Spirit. God’s Spirit dwells on the inside of us. This is the power by which we live, worship, and spread the Gospel of Christ. Christ dwells in our hearts by faith. The more opportunities we have to exercise that faith, the deeper our roots become in Christ. When we put our trust in Him and see the tangible results, our faith and trust increase. A lot of unbelievers have the mindset that they will believe once God shows them evidence. But God says to believe first and then you will see the glory. We know that all we believe and do in our faith in Jesus is out of love. He gave us this knowledge when He told us that the two greatest commandments were to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves.
Only the believer has access to this new knowledge. Unbelievers cannot understand just how awesome the love of Christ is. They don’t understand how we can be joyous in times of trouble. They don’t understand nor do they experience the peace in life that we have. They don’t understand not having to worry about tomorrow but letting tomorrow worry about itself. This is something that only the believer can experience. By being a child of God, we have knowledge of things that the world knows nothing about. By knowing the love of Christ, we can be filled with all the fullness of God. 1 John 4:16 says, “And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him” (NIV). Have you experienced His fullness? I believe that we are being filled daily.
All of this knowledge that we have discussed is made possible by God who does way more than we think about or even ask for. God’s power is working in us. When we exercise that power by faith, we always get more from God than we ever expected. Let me give you an example. My pastor tells a story of how he used to live before he was saved. He tells portions of a life that he led that was the exact opposite of how God wants us to live. He said that his mother would spend hours on her knees pleading with God, asking God to save her son. She just wanted God to spare my pastor’s soul. Because God gives more than we think about or ask for, God not only saved him, but also called him to preach!
As you look around your world over the next few days and see things that go on, keep two things in mind: Those without God do not possess the knowledge that you possess and therefore they act accordingly. Second, you have a power on the inside of you that can change circumstances in a far more powerful way than you ever imagined. Live out your Christian walk by faith, exercising the power within you to make the world a better place. Use your special knowledge to help someone else to Jesus! God bless you!