An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.”

(1 John 5:13)

There are some things God expects us to know. Religious zeal alone will not do (Hosea 4:6; Romans 10:2); we must know the truth about Who God is (John 17:3; Hebrews 11:6; 2 John 9), who we are (Psalm 8; John 8:23; Romans 3:23), and how God has chosen to govern and redeem us (Romans 4:4-5; 6:23; 10:5-17; 1 Corinthians 15:1-8; Ephesians 2:8-9; 1 Peter 1:18-21; et al). In knowing the truth in these matters we are set free from all sorts of bondage, the fear of death and condemnation being chief (Romans 8:15; Hebrews 2:14-15; 1 John 4:16-19). We are also set free from crippling guilt, anxiety, and the power of sin and Satan (John 14:27; Romans 6:4-14; Philippians 4:6-8; 1 John 4:4; 5:18). Our Lord came that we might have abundant life (John 10:10) and that entails that we know, and walk in, the truth (John 4:23-24; 1 John 3:18; 2 John 4; 3 John 4). Since Christ Himself is the Truth Incarnate (John 14:6), all of our knowledge acquisition must of necessity come through Him (John 8:32-36; Colossians 2:3). The Bible is clear that God loves the world (John 3:16) and He has imparted immediate knowledge of His existence and moral requirements to every human mind and heart (Romans 1:18-20; 2:14-15). He desires that all people everywhere will respond affirmatively to what He has shown them, to repent, and come to a saving knowledge of the Truth (Psalm 50:23; Acts 17:30; 2 Corinthians 5:20-21; 1 Timothy 2:3-4; 2 Peter 3:9). I am amazed at the number of times God addresses people with the phrase, “that ye may know.” God instructed Moses, “Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD” (Exodus 10:1-2, cf. 11:7). His sabbath law was likewise intended to give His people the certain knowledge that it was the LORD Who sanctified them (Exodus 31:13; Ezekiel 20:20). Our Lord’s earthly ministry was saturated with miraculous demonstrations of divine power and authority. These were intended to impart certain knowledge of God’s Holy One. “If I do not the works of my Father,” said Jesus to His detractors, “believe me not. But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him” (John 10:37-38 cf Matthew 9:6; Mark 2:10; Luke 5:24). May the Lord strengthen and solidify us in our faith, granting us the mental and emotional peace and well-being that comes only from the certain knowledge of Christ. Amen!

God bless,

pastor john