If you think on it, the LORD JESUS was deeply known by HIS FATHER. And we are deeply known too. The LORD JESUS said this:
JOHN 17: 25-26 “RIGHTEOUS FATHER, THE WORLD HAS NOT KNOWN YOU. HOWEVER, I HAVE KNOWN YOU, AND THEY HAVE KNOWN THAT YOU SENT ME. I MADE YOUR NAME KNOWN TO THEM AND WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE IT KNOWN, SO THAT THE LOVE YOU HAVE LOVED ME WITH MAY BE IN THEM AND I MAY BE IN THEM.”
IN ORDER TO BE DEEPLY KNOWN BY THE FATHER, WE NEED TO GET REAL WITH HIM.
Our GOD in Heaven wants to be known by you…….do you realize this?
We do not seek after the LORD……..HE seeks us! This is Biblical……..this is sound teaching. JESUS came to seek and save the lost. The LORD has pursued us with HIS grace and mercy because, HE wants a relationship with us, besides establishing HIS kingdom.
The LORD’S call to us, is a willingness to never hide our sin, but to be submissive to the truth, including HIS lordship over our lives. Can we know all about HIM without surrendering ourselves……yes! We can learn all the theology we want, recite scripture to impress people and still not fully let CHRIST know us. We hide……..we put that “sin” in the corner thinking HE won’t see.
WE CANNOT HIDE IF WE WANT TO BE FULLY KNOWN BY GOD.
I think we hide because we have been hiding since the beginning. In the Garden, Adam and Eve hid after their sin……….and as they were hiding among the trees of the Garden, let’s look at what GOD said to them:
GENESIS 3: 9 “THEN THE LORD GOD CALLED TO THE MAN, “WHERE ARE YOU?”
Adam and Eve were hiding, but GOD was pursuing………HE pursues us!!
We will never be rid of our sinful selves this side of heaven……..so why do we try to hide? Is it because we buy into the lie that something or someone else will remedy our circumstances rather than our Sovereign GOD? Could it be we justify our sin thinking it isn’t as bad as the next guy?There really is a hiding in our sin, but when we are fully known by GOD we realize that only HIS SON covers our sinful nature. And sin is sin and we are full of it. So HIS sacrifice was once and for all, finished at the Cross for us, because GOD wants a right relationship with us and to know us inside and out:
PSALM 139:15 “MY FRAME WAS NOT HIDDEN FROM YOU, WHEN I WAS BEING MADE IN SECRET.”
Knowing JESUS stands in the gap for us, allows us to be deeply known by GOD! HE has paid our accounts in full and when we submit ourselves under HIS lordship, then we are fully known by HIM, loved by HIM and covered by HIS grace.
COLOSSIANS 1: 21 – 22 “THIS INCLUDES YOU WHO WERE ONCE FAR AWAY FROM GOD. YOU WERE HIS ENEMIES, SEPARATED FROM HIM BY YOUR EVIL THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS. YET NOW HE HAS RECONCILED YOU TO HIMSELF THROUGH THE DEATH OF CHRIST IN HIS PHYSICAL BODY. AS A RESULT, HE HAS BROUGHT YOU INTO HIS OWN PRESENCE, AND YOU ARE HOLY AND BLAMELESS AS YOU STAND BEFORE HIM WITHOUT A SINGLE FAULT.”
Our hiding from our sin, our hiding from our GOD who loves us and pursues us, never works. We are lying to ourselves if we think we can hide…….why? Because HE continues to pursue us!
And when HE pursues and when we turn and when we submit, we are fully known because we are honest about who we are: so broken, but even in that, we are beautiful. Beautiful, because HE transforms and HE restores.
COLOSSIANS 2: 13-14 “YOU WERE DEAD BECAUSE OF YOUR SINS AND BECAUSE YOUR SINFUL NATURE WAS NOT YET CUT AWAY. THEN GOD MADE YOU ALIVE WITH CHRIST, FOR HE FORGAVE ALL OUR SINS. HE CANCELLED THE RECORD OF THE CHARGES AGAINST US AND TOOK IT AWAY BY NAILING IT TO THE CROSS.”