How to Know God
“He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to him.” (John 14: 21)
We have before us a promise. Jesus said He would manifest (reveal, make known) Himself to the person who loves Him and keeps His commandments. This promise delights the heart of every true Christian. Who among us does not want to know the Lord Jesus more personally and intimately?
In verse 22, we read that Judas (not Iscariot) was brave enough to ask the question that many Christians may ask from time to time, “Lord, how is it that You will manifest Yourself to us…?”
God’s promises are conditional. In order to receive what He promises we must meet the condition of the promise. Are you longing in your heart today to know Christ more fully and personally? There is a condition to fulfill and that condition is obedience. If someone asked me what I consider the most important word in the Christian vocabulary, I would say obedience. The Christian life matures in direct proportion to our obedience to the revealed word of God.
In this passage, John 14: 1-24, Jesus reveals some important truths about obedience.
Jesus spoke of the motive for our obedience. He said, “If you love Me , keep my commandments ” (v. 15). Motive is an important part of our Christian walk. Jesus makes it quite clear that our love for Him should be the primary motivation to obedience.
Jesus spoke of the outward expression of our obedience. He said, “If anyone loves me he will keep my word” (v. 23). The apostle James reminds us that faith without works is dead (James 2: 20). Obedience reveals itself in our active response to what Jesus tells us to do.
Jesus spoke of the source of strength for obedience. In verses 16 and 26 Jesus mentioned the Helper, the Holy Spirit, Who would divinely and supernaturally enable us to obey the word and will of God. God never requires something of His children without giving to them all that is necessary to do what He requires. The key to knowing Jesus is: Obedience. Are you ready to obey? Dr. Roger D. Willmore is a dear friend of America’s Keswick and will be speaking for our 2014 Summer Conference Season
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 1230-1262). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: Those blessings are sweetest that are won with prayers and worn with thanks. —Thomas Goodwin
Verse to Memorize: Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.—Hebrews 12:1-2