Heart Knowledge

“I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” –Philippians 3:10-11

Greek scholars tell us that when the apostle Paul wrote about knowledge of Christ, he often described a head knowledge or an intellectual comprehension. But in Philippians 3:10 when Paul wrote, “I want to know Christ,” he used a different word for “know.” He meant a knowledge of the heart, an experiential fellowship of intimacy.

When Paul wrote Philippians 3:10, he used the word “know” in the Old Testament sense of the word, such as when Adam “knew” Eve or Abraham “knew” Sarah. As intimately as a couple would know one another physically, Paul wanted to know his Lord spiritually. His was a desire to fellowship with the Lord through direct experience, not through mere head knowledge.

The apostle Peter echoes this desire in 2 Peter 1:4 where believers are told that we “participate in the divine nature.” In other words, believers have a share within and a portion of the Lord Jesus.

This is how up-close and personal your spiritual fellowship with the Lord is meant to be. Not a head knowledge... but a heart knowledge.

Take time to participate in Jesus. Taste the Bread of Heaven. Drink deeply of the Living Water. Be the branch that relaxes in Him, the Vine. Get to know Him through direct experience, not merely through intellectual comprehension.

Lord of my life, You have shed Your blood for me, dying on the cross so that we might have intimate fellowship. Forgive me when I only demonstrate a desire to know about You, rather than truly know You. I echo the apostle Paul when I say today that I desire to enjoy a close and personal union with You.
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