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I want to know Christ—yes…
I think it’s interesting that Paul used the Greek word GINOSKO for the English word “know.” Often times the Jews used this same figure of speech to express the relationship between a husband and wife. So when Paul said he wanted to “know” Christ, he didn’t want to have only an intellectual understanding of His teaching. Rather, his goal was to know Him on the most intimate and personal level possible.
Some of the people I meet often give me the impression that they already know everything there is to know about Jesus. So they’ve stopped pursuing greater intimacy with Him. But not Paul. Although Paul was the most prolific writer in the history of the Christian faith, and its greatest missionary as well, even at this late stage of his life, he still said his primary goal was to gain an even greater and deeper knowledge of Christ. From Paul’s point of view, there was nothing of greater value (verse 8). In fact, it was his prayer for all of us. (Ephesians 3: 17-19: “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.”)
Have you learned everything you need to know? There is never an end to the beauty, majesty, intricacy, and glory of our Lord. Every time I think I’m getting close, He always reveals a whole new dimension. Will you seek Him now? He will show you in His Word an even greater width, length, height and depth of His love than you have ever experienced before.
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.