"My goal is to know him"
Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life and have it in abundance.”
He is saying that it is possible to experience a quality of life that most people cannot imagine. However, this experience is more than a “burning heart.” It is more than a momentarily exhilarating emotional storm. It is an invitation to experience a fullness of life grounded in reality, to know and experience God.
God is the ultimate reality. Charles Spurgeon, a renowned 19th Century English pastor said, "The highest science, the loftiest speculation, the mightiest philosophy, which can ever engage our attention is the name, the nature, the person, the work, the doings, and the existence of the great God."
God reveals Himself in His inspired word, the Bible: “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
God’s fullest revelation of Himself is in Jesus Christ. Throughout the Bible we find the good news about Him. After His resurrection, He was walking with two of His followers, and the Bible says, “Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted for them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” (Luke 24:27)
Proverbs 9:10 says, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”
When the Apostle Paul wrote to Christians in Ephesus, he expressed his desire that they might know God: “I never stop giving thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. [I pray] that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. [I pray] that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints, and what is the immeasurable greatness of His power to us who believe, according to the working of His vast strength.” (Ephesians 1:16-19)
Paul wanted these followers of Christ to know God personally, intimately and fully.
Edmond's First Baptist Church is committed to helping you know Him in all these ways!
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