Knowing Christ


As I was reading in 1 John 2, I began to reflect on the thought of “knowing Christ”.  In every church, including my current church, there are people who say we know Him.  Any church going person who claims to be a follower of Christ will readily profess to “knowing Christ”.  I wonder how many have taken time to reflect on what it really means to know Him?

The writer of 1 John 2 says this is how we know that we have come to know Him – if we keep His commandments (1 John 2:3).  The passage goes on to declare “the one who says, ‘I have come to know Him’ and does not keep His commandments is a liar and the truth is not in him (1 John 2:4)!  Those are pretty strong words!

So, what are the commandments of Christ?  Without getting too deep or trying to be super-spiritual, I can think of two commands Jesus was pretty clear about.  First, Jesus clearly commanded us to love one another as He loved us (John 15:12).  The second command I find that Jesus is pretty clear about is the one we know as the Great Commission: “go into all the world and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Here’s my question for those of us that claim to know Christ: how are we doing in terms of keeping those two commandments?

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~ by brotherfaron on January 15, 2018.

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