Summery: - The Lord Jesus Christ wants every Christian to be more and more close to Him.
Not only our salvation but our entire lifedepends upon our understanding of Christ.
The amazing results of knowing Christ more intimately forces us
to make every effort to learn about Christ more personally and profoundly.
Around two thousand years
ago, the Lord Jesus Christ asked two questions to His disciples, which
resound even today.
i. “Who do men say that I the son of man am?” (Matthew.16:13)
ii. “Who do you say that I am?” (Matthew.16:15)
Normally no mortal man would dare to ask such questions. If they do, we
would immediately condemn them as arrogant and proud. But the Lord Jesus
Christ, who is definitely the most humble and meek among the sons of men,
chose to make these questions with valid intentions.
Both the questions are still relevant and we ought to give a definite
and clear answer. He is not just satisfied by hearing the public opinion
of Himself. When the disciples reported, “some say John the Baptist, some
Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets...” He immediately
asked, “But who do you say that I am?”
Even today the general public has varied views of Christ. Some would
consider Him as an ordinary man, others as a good man, or a guru. There
are some who count Him as the first communist revolutionary! But what do
you say about Christ? What do you know about Him?
Notice that, not only Christ invited their estimation of Himself, He
did something more to give disciples a clear picture of Himself. In
Matthew 17:1ff we see Him taking selected disciples with Him on a mount
and transfigured before them. “His face shone like the sun, and His
clothes became as white as the light.” V.2c. It was a preview of His
heavenly glory. They also listened to the words of the Father, “This is my
beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him.” V.5c.
From John.2:11 we understand that the main purpose of Christ’s miracles
were to reveal His glory, and seeing that people may believe Him.
Luke says that after His resurrection from the dead, the Lord Jesus
Christ took forty days in presenting Himself alive by many infallible
proofs. Acts.1:3. Again in the book of Revelation we see after His
ascension to heaven the Lord Jesus Christ reveals His glory to Apostle
John and through him to the 7 churches in Asia. There we see Him referring
to some aspects of His glory while giving message to each angel of the
church. Rev. 1:12—18; 2:1, 8, 12 etc.
One thing is very clear from the above instances that the Lord Jesus
Christ wants us to know Him to a greater extent. He wants to reveal
Himself more and more to us and we may be gripped by the realization of
who He is.
Why is it so necessary? Why does He insist us to Know Him increasingly?
Two things are noteworthy:-
A. A Christian’s entire spiritual life is based on the person of
That is an important distinction between the way of Christ
and religions. Religion is based on the teachings or ideologies of the
founder. It is not necessary for their followers to examine the moral
qualities and perfections of the founder. Their concern is mainly on his
teachings. They can survive even with out him!
But in Christianity, a follower’s faith and life is based on Christ
Himself. His person and work is very important for a Christian. It is the
divine and moral qualities and perfections of Christ that makes Him worthy
to be our saviour. If He is not what He claimed to be, His work on the
Cross has no value, His claim is false and then, our faith is fake and
void! Yes, with out Christ a Christian has no survival at all.
The scriptures reveal about number of results by knowing Christ. An
examination of those things will show us how imperative it is to know
Christ more and more.
1. Our salvation: - Not by any ritual but by knowing the Lord
“This is the will of Him who sent Me, that every one
who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life.”
John.6:40 “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only
true God, and Jesus Christ who You have sent.” John.17:3 “If you
confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God
raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans.10:9. Before one
can be saved from sin and its eternal punishment he / she needs to know
who Christ is and trust and acknowledge Him as the saviour and Lord.
2. Our freedom: - By knowing the word of Christ, the truth and
truth will set us free.
“You shall know the truth and, and the
truth shall make you free.” “If the son makes you free, you shall be free
indeed.” John.8:32, 36.
This freedom refers to the bondage of sin,
flesh, world and certain emotional disturbances like worry, fear etc. Even
after experiencing salvation it may be possible for a Christian to live as
a slave to such things. He gets freedom as he knows Christ and His word.
3. Our growth: - In the knowledge of Christ.
“Grow in the
grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.” 2
Peter.3:18 “As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him,
rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been
taught, abounding in it with thanksgiving.” Colossians. 2:6, 7.
4. Our life: - by feeding on to Christ.
“As the living
Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father so he who feeds on Me
will live because of Me.” John.6:57. Just as we need food for physical
sustenance for our daily spiritual sustenance we need to feed on to Him.
That means we need to read His word and know more of Christ and experience
5. Our ministry: - be with Him and see His glory.
also will bear witness, because you have been with Me from the beginning.”
John.15:27. “For we can not but speak the things which we have seen
and heard.” Acts.4:20. “We have not followed cunningly devised fables
when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but, were eyewitnesses of His majesty.” 2 Peter.1:15.
Christian ministry in its true sense commences and continues in
association with Christ. (Isaiah. 6:1—8) An intimate and fresh
acquaintance with Christ gives power and passion in witnessing for Christ.
6. Our rest / peace of mind: - by walking with Christ.
“Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly
in heart, and you will find rest for you souls.” Matthew. 11:29
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God,
which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus.” Philippians.4:6, 7.
Rest from the burden of
sin is not enough for a Christian. He needs rest every day, from the
troubles and difficulties of day to day life. How is it possible? Walk
close to Him, be under His yoke. Learn from Him. Then experience rest in
our heart and mind. This is true peace of mind-rest for souls. Staying
away from Christ means vulnerable to restless life.
7. Our encouragement / strength: - by focusing on Christ.
“For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against
Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your minds.”
In this Christian race there are occasions when we may
feel exhausted, then the writer exhorts us to look to Jesus the author and
finisher of our faith. What would be the result, we will not be
discouraged in our mind. We see its evidence in the book of Acts. In the
closing pages of the gospels we see the disciples discouraged, depressed
and even frightened, thinking their Master is dead and gone. But how do we
see them in the book of Acts? We see them totally changed, willing to give their
life for the truth of Christ’s resurrection. No body could even stop them.
Such encouragement and strength comes as a result of seeing and trusting
Christ in a personal manner.
8. Our worship: - Result of seeing His glory and greatness.
“When I saw Him I fell at His feet as dead.” Revelation.1:17.
True worship is the spontaneous reaction to the vision of Christ’s
9. Our transformation-present and future: - by beholding Him.
“We all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of
the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory ,
just as by the Spirit of the Lord.” 2 Corinthians.3:18. Moses spent
time with the Lord on the mountain and as a result his face began to
shine. Paul argues that it was fading glory. But we New Testament
believers have the privilege of looking to the face of Christ and be
transformed to His image from glory to glory.
10. Our future:- See Him as He and be conformed to Him.
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what
we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him,
for we shall see Him as He is.” 1John.3:2. Yes, that is what we are
looking forward to: to see Him as He is and be like Him. Then, through out
all eternity we are going to keep on beholding His face and worshipping
Him. “And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of
the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. And they shall
see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.” Revelation.
Consider the magnitude of the outcome of our close association with
Christ. Enormous spiritual effects take place as we grow in our knowledge
of Christ. No wonder Apostle Paul long to know Christ more even after 25
years of Christian life. Phil.3:10.
B. Poor understanding of Christ always leads to failures.
Matthew 14:30 we read about how Peter began to sink as lost focus of
Christ. That exactly happens in our spiritual life once our eyes are taken
away from Christ. For example, consider those New Testament churches with
problems. We can notice that all of them had lost sight of Christ.
Corinthians: - Focused on people –asked to imitate Christ.
ii. Galatians: - Focused OT – rebuked them for losing sight.
iii. Colossians: - Wrong teaching – asked to fix minds on the
place where Christ is. Col.3:1
iv. Hebrews: - Looked back- asked to
look to Christ. Heb.3:1; 12:1
v. Ephesians: - Lost love for Christ –
advised to repent. Rev.2:1—5
vi. Laodicians: - Put Christ out!---asked
to open doors for Him. Rev.3:20.
In all these occasions we see the
reason for the problems as well as the solution is connected to believer’s
perception of the Lord Jesus Christ. In Revelation 2, 3 we see the Lord
Jesus Christ revealing some aspects of His glory that He unveiled to John.
This shows one truth that, spiritual lethargy and failure in a
Christian’s life is basically the result of his departure from Christ.
When a believer departs from Christ in his knowledge and devotion of Him,
spiritual declension begins. As we grow in our knowledge of Christ and
intimacy with Him we will experience spiritual zeal, growth and victory.
No wonder David Brainerd wrote like this, “When my people are gripped
by this evangelical doctrine of Christ and Him crucified, I had no need to
give them instruction about morality.”
So beloved, let us take conscious and serious effort to know more about the Lord Jesus Christ from the pages of the Bible and enjoy His power and presence in our daily life. In this series of studies it will be our effort to study together the person of Christ and His work as set forth in the word of God.