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Page 3 - KNOWING THE LORD

    Another result of not knowing God, especially among those who once did know Him but who forsook Him, is abandoning oneself to all sorts of malicious wickedness, as catalogued by Paul in Romans 1:21-32.  It is not simply the errant or sinful lifestyle of those who have never known Him and His ways, but rather the deliberate and willful rebellion of those who have consciously rejected Him so that they may pursue their chosen evil course of life, the road leading to eternal destruction (Matt. 7:13; 2 Thess. 1:9; Isa. 66:24; Mal. 4:1-3).

     In happy contrast to this awful picture is the promise of God’s Word that someday “the earth will be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9).  God’s will shall be done on earth as it is in heaven, and “no longer will a man teach his neighbor. . .saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD” (Jer. 31:34).

     In His prayer for His people, Christ said to His Father, “Now this is eternal life:  that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent” (John 17:3).  Eternal life is both the result of knowing God and His Son, and also its very purpose.  We must know them now if we are to be saved, but a major reason for being saved is to get to know them even better and more perfectly!  When we receive immortality, at the resurrection when Christ returns, we will come to “know even as also [we are] known” (1 Cor. 13:12).  Then we shall see “face to face”!

     I would like to close this paper with the wonderful privilege that Jeremiah describes (9:23,24), that each of us may enjoy even now—“This is what the LORD says:  ‘Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this:  that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,’ declares the LORD.”

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