Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thoroughly acquainted?

Paul is the apostle of Grace. Look how he greats the Colossian Christians by reminding them that they have a Hope, an Inheritance laid up in heaven for them. He says in Col 1:6:


It is come unto you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the grace of God in truth.

This is the same Hope that Peter refers to in 1 Peter 1:4 as an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you.

Remember our post on Hope ... here?

The Greek word here for knew (or know) is epiginōskō and means: to become thoroughly acquainted with, to know thoroughly, to become intimately involved with.

So, against this background let's consider the parable that Jesus taught when He said: Unto you it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of יהוה: but unto them that are without, all these things are done in parables:



Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow: 

And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up. 

And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth: 

But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away. 

And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit. 

And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred. 

And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear. Mar 4:3-9

No-brainer here ...

There is only a mystery if one should choose not to know Him.

The mystery is resolved once you become intimately involved with Jesus.

Jesus wants you to become thoroughly acquainted with Him!

How?

Spend time with Him!

Hear Him!

Behold (gaze upon) Him!

Intimacy (in-to-me-see) that works both ways.

Truely, The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish. Pro 10:28

Jesus is our confident expectation.
He is the Lord our Righteousness. Isa 45:24, Isa 61:11, Jer 23:6 ...

Jesus is our living Hope!

HalleluYAH!
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