The knowledge of Jesus Christ

040 the knowledge of jesu christi

Many people know the name of Jesus and know something about his life. They celebrate his birth and commemorate his death. The knowledge of the Son of God, however, goes much deeper. Shortly before his death Jesus prayed for his followers to this realization: "But that is eternal life, that they know the only true God, and whom you have sent, to know Jesus Christ" (Jn 17,3).

Paul wrote the following about the knowledge of Christ: "But what was profitable for me, I have counted for the sake of Christ for damage, yes, I also respect everything for damage to the all-surpassing knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whose sake I have lost everything have, and I respect it for filth, so I win Christ "(Phil 3,7-8).

For Paul, the knowledge of Christ is about the essential, everything else was unimportant, everything else he considered as filth, as waste to throw away. Is the knowledge of Christ as radically important to us as it is to Paul? How can we obtain it? How does she express herself?

This realization is not something that exists only in our minds, it involves a direct sharing in the life of Christ, an intensifying coexistence with God and His Son, Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. It is an oneness with God and his son. This knowledge does not give us God in one fell swoop, but gives it to us in pieces. He wants us to grow in grace and knowledge. (2, Petr. 3,18).

There are three areas of experience that enable our growth: Jesus' face, God's Word, and service and suffering.

1. Growing in the face of Jesus

If we want to know something exactly, then we look at it exactly. We observe and investigate whether we can draw conclusions. If we want to get to know a person, then we look especially at the face. So it is with Jesus. In the face of Jesus one can see much of him and God! The recognition of Jesus' face is primarily a matter of our heart.

Paul writes of "enlightened eyes of the heart" (Eph 1,18), who can perceive this image. What we look at intensively will also influence us, what we look upon with dedication, into which we are transformed. Two passages of the Bible then indicate, "For the God who was called out of the darkness to shine light, has made it shine in our hearts also for the illumination of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ" (2, Kor 4,6).

"All of us reflect the glory of the Lord face to face, and are transformed into the same image, from glory to glory, the Spirit of the Lord" (2, Kor 3,18).

It is the eyes of the heart that, through God's Spirit, give us a glimpse of Jesus' face and make us see something of the glory of God. This glory is reflected in us and transforms us into the image of the Son.

Just as we seek knowledge in the face of Christ, so we are transformed into his image! "That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that ye, rooted in love and grounded, may understand with all the saints, which are the breadth, the length, the height and the depth, and know the love of Christ, yet all Knowledge surpasses, so that you may be filled to the fullness of God, let us now turn to the second field of experience for growth in grace and knowledge, the Word of God. "What we know and know of Christ we have experienced through His Word" (Eph 3,17-19).

2. God and Jesus reveal themselves through the Bible.

"The Lord communicates in his Word. He who receives his word receives him. In whom his word remains, in which he remains. And whoever stays in his word remains in him. This can not be emphasized enough today, when one seeks so much knowledge or wants fellowship without the unconditional subordination to the guidelines of his Word. Healthy knowledge of Christ is linked to the sound words of the Lord. These alone cause sound faith. Therefore, Paul tells Timothy, "Firmly hold the picture (pattern) of sound words" (2, Tim 1, 13). (Fritz Binde "The Perfection of the Body of Christ" page 53)

For God, words are not "mere" words, they are living and effective. They develop tremendous power and are sources of life. God's Word wants to separate us from evil and purify our thoughts and our minds. This cleansing is exhausting, our carnal mind must be kept in check with heavy guns.

Let's read what Paul wrote about it: "For the weapons of our knighthood are not carnal, but mighty by God for the destruction of fortresses, so that we destroy sanctions, and every high that rises against the knowledge of God, and every one Capturing thoughts of obedience to Christ, you are also ready to avenge any disobedience once your obedience is complete (2, Kor 10,4-6).

This obedience, which Paul addresses here, is an important part of the cleansing. Cleansing and knowledge go hand in hand. Only in the light of the face of Jesus can we recognize defilement and we must get rid of it: "If God's Spirit shows us a deficiency or anything that does not agree with God, then we are called to action!" Obedience is needed. "God wants that realization Without real change, all theory remains, true knowledge of Christ does not mature, it withers "(2, Kor 7,1).

3. Growing through service and suffering

Only when we look upon and experience Jesus' ministry to us and his suffering does human meaning and service to others have meaning. Serving and suffering are excellent sources for recognizing Christ, the Son of God. Serving is a passing on of the received gifts. That is how Jesus serves, he passes on what he received from the Father. In this way, we should also see our ministry in the church. The ministry that Jesus does is the pattern for all of us.

"And he has given many to apostles, some to prophets, some to evangelists, some to shepherds and teachers to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for the edification of the Body of Christ, until all of us become the unity of faith and knowledge of the Son of God "(Eph 4,11).

We are straightened by mutual service to the right place and position in the body of Jesus. But he as head, distracts everything. The head employs the various gifts in the church to bring unity and understanding. The realization of the Son of God not only involves personal growth but is also growth in the group. The tasks in the group are manifold, and in the service of others there is another aspect that leads to growth in the knowledge of Christ. Where served is also suffering.

"Such mutual service brings suffering, both personally and with others, and for others. Who wants to avoid this threefold suffering, undoubtedly suffers losses in growth. We must personally experience suffering, for in co-crucifixion, death and fellow-burial with Christ we must lose our own self-satisfied life. As the Risen One grows in us, this self-abnegation becomes a fact "(Fritz Binde," The Perfection of the Body of Christ ", page 63).

Summary

"But I want you to know what a great struggle I have for you and for those in Laodicea and for all those who have not seen me in the flesh, for their hearts to be admonished, united in love and enriched with complete certainty, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, which is Christ, in which all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden "(Col. 2,1-3).

by Hannes Zaugg