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           “My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.  Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked” (I John 2:1-6).

 

            Knowledge of God is not the same as “Knowing God.” Many have a general knowledge of God: They have seen evidence of God in nature. David wrote, “I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High. When mine enemies are turned back, they shall fall and perish at Thy presence. For Thou hast maintained my right and my cause; Thou satest in the throne judging right” (Palms 9:1-4). They have heard of Him and His word but have never taken the time to get to know Him. John stated that the only way to know God was through obedience to His word (I John 2:3).

 

            Do you know God? In his letter to Rome the inspired writer said that the Gentile Nation did not like to retain God in their knowledge (Romans 1:28). He pointed out that the wisdom of this world had darkened their minds so that they were, in fact, fools. He wrote, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified Him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things” (Romans 1:19-23).

 

            John stated that one who claims to know God but refuses to obey His will “is a liar, and the truth is not in him” (I John 2:3-6). Such a person cannot know God since he rejects the very source of knowledge which leads him to God (Romans 1:17; I John 2:5). John stated, “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on Him, If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32). Jesus taught that the words which He spoke would be that by which one is judged in the end. He stated, “I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on Me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear My words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world. He that rejecteth Me, and receiveth not My words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day” (John 12:46-48).

 

            The prophet Enoch is a perfect example of one who knew God. The scriptures tell us that he walked with God. Moses recorded, “And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:22-25). The Hebrew letter tells us that Enoch did not die but was changed and taken to be with God (Hebrews 11:5). Paul told the brethren at Corinth that those who remain alive at the coming of the Lord will be changed to immortality. He wrote, “Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 15:50-54).

 

            To know God one has to be obedient to His will. Jesus stated, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 7:21). James wrote, “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves” (James 1:22). It is only through obedience that one can please God. James stated, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed” (James 1:25).

 

            A claim to know God may be just that, a claim. Perhaps it would be better to ask the question “Does God know you?”

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