Knowing God . . . Fully

If you are confessing Christ openly as your Lord, growing in knowledge of the Bible, spending quality time alone with God in prayer, maintaining fellowship with other Christians in a biblically sound church, and allowing the Holy Spirit to share the good news about Jesus through you, you can be confident of knowing God intimately.

What does it mean to know God fully?

Paul told the believers in Corinth, “You are in Christ Jesus, who for us became wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, in order that, as it is written: The one who boasts must boast in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 1:30-31)

“Sanctification” is from the Greek word hagiasmos (hag-ee-as-mos). It means consecration, purification. It means that, in Christ, God has cleansed you and set you apart as one dedicated to Him. You are clothed in Christ and are justified on the basis of His imparted righteousness. He is in the process of making you holy and perfect.

1 Peter 1:16-17 says, “As the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.”

Jesus said, “Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:8)

Obviously, we are not now perfect. The Apostle Paul, one of the greatest spiritual giants in Christian history said, “I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:13-14)

Sanctification - being set apart in dedication to God, being made holy and perfect - begins the moment you turn in repentance and acknowledge Jesus as Lord. God plants a hunger in you to know Him fully. He is not finished with you. You are a work in progress.

Paul told the believers in Philippi, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God who is working in you, [enabling you] both to will and to act for His good purpose.” (Philippians 2:12-13)

This was written to Christians, so it is obvious that Paul is not telling them to work to earn their salvation. That is secure in Christ.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe, a trustworthy Bible teacher, says this concerning the Greek verb katergazomai (kat-er-gad-zom-ahee), that has been translated, “work out:” “In Paul’s day it was also used for ‘working a mine,’ that is, getting out of the mine all the valuable ore possible; or ‘working a field’ so as to get the greatest harvest possible.”*

In other words we are to be all that we can be in Christ. It is the purpose of God for us to grow into Christ likeness. He has determined that we “be conformed to the image of His Son.” (Romans 8:29)

Paul said, “[My goal] is to know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.” (Philippians 3:10)

As the day came near when Paul would be executed because he could not keep quiet about Jesus, he wrote a letter to his son in the ministry, Timothy. He said, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In the future, there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those who have loved His appearing.” (2 Timothy 4:7-8)

One day soon, you will pass from this life into the literal presence of your Lord, Jesus Christ: “For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens…And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.” (2 Corinthians 5:1& 5)

Jesus gave us this sure hope: “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to Myself, so that where I am you may be also.” (John 14:1-3)

One day we will be forever in His presence, and we will know Him fully. In the meantime, He is preparing us for that wonderful day. In light of this, we have this inspired directive from Paul in Romans 12:1-2, “Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.”

Do this and you will know God personally, intimately and fully.

After having publicly professed your faith in Christ, attend a Connection Seminar to discover what it means to live in a covenant relationship with Edmond’s First Baptist Church family. Following the seminar, you can give your testimony of new life in Christ by being biblically baptized. Then, as an active member of EFBC, there are exciting opportunities to help you grow in knowledge, fellowship and service with other followers of Jesus.

  1. Be faithful in EFBC worship services.
  2. Be a good steward of your God-given resources by giving through your church, beginning with the tithe (10% of your gross income).
  3. Enroll as a faithful member of a Connection group (Sunday morning Bible study groups).
  4. Be faithfully involved in Wednesday night EFBC activities. These include a family dinner beginning at 4:45, and adult Bible study with our pastor at 6:00. This is gives you a wonderful opportunity to engage in intercessory prayer with fellow church members.
  5. Explore the many service opportunities available through our church’s men’s and women’s ministries, our music programs, youth, college, International and children’s ministries, etc. Wednesday nights at EFBC are very special for middle school and high school students.

For more information, consult this website or call the church office at 405-341-0253. The church office is open Monday - Thursday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and Fridays from 8:00 AM to noon.

 

* Wiersbe, W. W. (1996, c1989). The Bible exposition commentary . "An exposition of the New Testament comprising the entire 'BE' series" -- Jkt. (Php 2:12). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books

Unless otherwise noted, all Scripture quotations are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible® Copyright © 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003 by Holman Bible Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee

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