Part 132 A unique but very relevant question was recently asked. He asked, “What does it mean to know God?” In Christ’s prayer to the Father, He stated, “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). The Son of God established that knowing God “is life eternal.” Many doctrines offer several ideas and concepts in how someone might know God. Some suggest that one must allow Christ into your heart and feel His presence in your life in order to really know Him. Others proclaim certain confessions and ceremonies are all that is required to know God. Even ideas that one comes to know God on some supernatural level has been taught. Nevertheless, the one identical thread among them all is that one does not “know God” who does not conform to His will. One may believe intellectually that there is a God; and may affirm the truth of His existence, the facts of His attributes, the reality of His works in nature, but only those who have wholly committed their wills to God’s message and His saving power will know God (Matt. 7:21- 23). If one were to consider how much must a person yield or submit to God to constitute obedience, the answer is all (James 2:10; 1 Tim. 4:15,16). Any commandment a person determines to break because of his/her unwillingness to yield to God provides the occasion which demonstrates the lack of full knowing and love of God (John 14:15). This is the “one thing” which one will “lack” and like the young ruler’s riches, will close the door of heaven forever (Matt. 10:20-22).

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