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DO YOU KNOW HIM OR KNOW OF HIM- Philippians 3:10

DO YOU KNOW HIM OR KNOW OF HIM- Philippians 3:10 “that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,”

Knowing Him and knowing of Him are two separate things. It’s a good time to meditate and get an understanding of what knowing HIM is, which I believe is critical for us as Christians.

Moses desired to know Him-Exodus 33:13

Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”

One would have assumed that Moses knew Him already given all the encounters but there was a desire to “know Him” in a much deeper way.

Exodus 33:18 “Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”

When we consider Moses, we see that even though God knew Moses by name, Moses himself realised there was more and earnestly desired to know more of Him. We see him asking, something that seems impossible (Wanting to see God’s glory) but nevertheless Moses desired and asked to see the Lord face to face.

However in the case of Joshua the scriptures says he remained in the camp long after Moses and everyone had left – Exodus 33:11 “Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. When Moses turned again into the camp, his assistant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, would not depart from the tent.” We can see that Joshua valued spending time in His presence and getting to know Him through intimacy.

Read what Paul said in Philippians 3:8–11

“Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ [9] and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—[10] that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, [11] that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.”

The scriptures above highlights some of what it takes to really know

  • Suffering
  • Loss of all things
  • Become like Him in death
  • No self-righteousness
  • Faith through Christ alone
  • Loving the Lord
  • Thankfulness and being grateful
  • Keeping His word

Would you say that you know Him given all of the above? The world knows of him but does the Church really know Him or just about Him?

Now more than ever before every believer need to check whether they know Him. It’s only those who know Him that will be able to rightly discern the times and stand immovable for Him.

My plea to us is to be more intimate with God spending time in His presence, praying and fasting and studying His Word. Fellowship with other believers is also desirable in our work with Him.

As I end I encourage you to consider and meditate on the scriptures below.

1 John 2:5–6.

but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: [6] whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

Deuteronomy 7:9

Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations,”

My prayer is that we would KNOW Him. When we know Him we become more like Him.