June 20th 2010

God Knows You

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”
Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)

You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” That isn’t usually good news when it comes to getting a job or a promotion. But when it comes to the gospel, who you know is absolutely what it’s all about—and that’s the best news you could ever hear.

The apostle Paul tells us: “Now we see but a poor reflection [as in a mirror]; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12).

Do you see what Paul is saying? God knows you; he knows you now and he knows you fully, but you don’t yet know yourself the way he does. And what is it that God knows about you that you don’t know? Well, Paul writes about that in the quote above.

So did you know that you have died and risen with Jesus Christ, and that your true identity is in Christ? Did you know that you are already seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father, and that your new life in Christ is hidden with him in God?

If you’re like most of us, if you’re honest, all you see about yourself is a struggling, sinning, flawed Christian. Maybe you even wonder whether you’ll ever measure up to the high calling of Christ.

Take comfort. The gospel, the good news, is that salvation is not about you measuring up to anything—the gospel is about what Jesus has already done for you and in you. Salvation is not about achieving some high moral standard; it’s about knowing Jesus Christ even as he already knows you.

Paul doesn’t say that if you become righteous enough then he will raise you up with him. He says, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above…” He says, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.”

That’s when you will finally see the REAL you, the you that God has made you to be in Christ. You don’t see yourself that way now, but that new you, Paul says, is already seated with Christ at the right hand of God, and you can trust him that your salvation is secure, because it doesn’t depend on you; it depends on him, and he’s already finished the job.

Prayer
Father in Heaven, thank you for your magnificent plan in how you have set about the redemption of man. Of course we acknowledge Christ’s sacrifice and all that that includes, but beyond that, when we finally get to appreciate how you take each of us in hand, as individuals, as your son or daughter, in love, in kindness and in mercy, and bring us to you, that leaves us speechless and in awe.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach 

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