October 2017           "A Journal of Biblical Understanding"           Volume 14           

(Daniel 4:25)
" ... and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will."


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Do YOU Know The Lord? Part 2

DO YOU?

Do you profess to be a Christian? Do you attend church every Sunday and listen to the preacher talk for 10 or 15 minutes about some bible subject? And the most important question of all, DID HE TELL YOU THE TRUTH?

The name "Christian" was given by the Greeks or Romans, probably as a reproach, to the followers of Jesus. It was first used at Antioch. (Acts 11:26)

The names by which the disciples were known among themselves were "brethren", "the faithful", "elect", "saints", "believers." But as distinguishing them from the multitude without, the name "Christian" came into use, and was universally accepted. This name occurs only three times in the New Testament. That is in Acts 11:26; 26:28; and 1 Pet. 4:16. (This information from the Online Bible, a computer program of the complete Bible, concordance, and notes).

In Strong's Exhaustive Concordance the word is from the Greek=Christianos (5546) and means Christian or follower of Christ.

Are YOU a follower of Christ? Do YOU "know the Lord?" Do YOU "love the Lord?"

As innocent as these questions seem, they are very "loaded." I have been rightly accused of asking loaded questions quite often, and I do that to see how people will react and, of course, to see how they will answer.

Jesus was interested in a similar question which He asked His disciples.

We read that in:

Mat. 16:13 ... he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?
Mark 8:27 And Jesus went out, and his disciples, into the towns of Caesarea Philippi: and by the way he asked his disciples, saying unto them, Whom do men say that I am?

They told Him the people said He was John the Baptist, or Elijah, or one of the old prophets, risen again.

What Jesus was really interested in, however, was knowing whether or not they, His disciples, KNEW Him.

He questioned them this way.

Mat. 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

That answer seemed to please Jesus and He told Peter this:

Mat. 16:17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

Yes, God the Father had allowed Peter to understand and KNOW that Jesus was The Christ, The Son of The Living God!

That is something a person can only TRULY KNOW .... if God the Father has allowed them to understand and KNOW!

However, is that ALL we can know about Jesus? No, there are many, many things in scripture that will give us a knowledge ABOUT Jesus, but HOW can we KNOW Jesus? I mean REALLY KNOW Him: know His innermost thoughts and desires: know what He likes and dislikes: know His innermost being and the love He has to share?

First we need to learn some things ABOUT Him in order to begin to KNOW Him.

While you think upon these things let's go on and learn some things from scripture about Jesus that are not widely known!

(Continued on Page Three)

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