21st November 2010

God Knows You

“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 (NIV)

You’ve probably heard the saying, “It’s not what you know; it’s who you know.” That usually isn’t 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.

Do you see what Paul is saying in the passage above? 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?

Paul continues with the thought in Colossians: “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).

Did you know that you have died and risen with Jesus Christ, and your true identity is in Christ? Did you know that you are already seated with Christ at the right hand of the Father, and 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 adds, “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
Heavenly Father, in one sense for us, to be known so intimately by you is a daunting thought. But in another sense, it is so liberating. As we reflect on everything you have done for us, we can only bow our heads in reverence and worship. In Jesus’ name we pray.
Amen

Study by Joseph Tkach

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