Blessed Assurance

BlessedAssuranceDo you know Christ personally? How do you know that you really know him? These questions are vital to realize where do we stand in our walk as a professing christian. We need to know the true state to have assurance that we really know him in a personal relationship. This assurance gives us peace, joy, confidence in our walk and hope at all times. Do you have this blessed assurance?  How can we know for sure that we have a real fellowship with Jesus?

8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;-Philippians 3:8-9

What it means to know Christ? Knowing Christ is more than just following religion or having knowledge of Jesus. It is a life sharing experience by continuing to remain and grow in his fellowship. Apostle Paul said he considers everything else as nothing when compared to knowing Christ. This text shows how much more knowing Christ should mean to us. As we have seen in previous posts (Fullness of Joy, Missing Joy), we have complete joy when we have a real fellowship with God which is provisioned to us through Jesus Christ. Nothing else can replace the void in our life unless it is filled by the presence of God. Do you realize the importance of knowing him? If this is so significant, don’t we need to be so sure about our relationship status?

3 Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4 He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked.-1 John 2:3-6
“If you love Me, you will keep My commandments”- John 14:15

John tells that we can be sure that we know him when we keep his commandments and words. This statement is simple yet it is profound. What it means to keep his words? There is more to it when you say you keep another person’s words than to say i obey his words. We may say that we obey a person of higher authority but not necessarily tell that we keep his word unless we really know that person well enough. Keeping words implies that we have a relationship and understanding which makes us to say this. It is that loving relationship which can enable us to keep Christ’s words.

Jesus said if we love him, we will keep his commandments. Keeping his word is not a rule to fulfill in order to be loved by God yet many times don’t we exactly do this? Do we have joy when following his word as a duty? We cannot work our way to get his love. It is the other way. When we have the real love for him, we will delight in his word and it means much more to us than rules. It becomes the truth and good news to our life.  We cannot come to this realization until we have a real fellowship with Jesus.

There is the other side to it when we say we know Christ but not keeping his words. John drew the line and called those do not show the evidence as liars. It is hard to hear this but John did not dilute the truth since truth can set us free. It is a matter of real importance and we need to be sure of where we stand. It defines real faith in God and exposes the deception in our life. God wants to have a real fellowship with us and gave a perfect model to follow through Jesus and how he showed us his relationship in Father and gave his holy spirit to enable us to remain in this fellowship.

What it means to keep his word in your life? Do we follow it as a set of rules to be fulfilled? Do we read the bible just because we are supposed to read as a christian? or Do we have the love for God that makes us to delight in his words to know him more? Are you sure that you are in a relationship with Jesus?

“Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God,
Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.”

–  Fanny J. Crosby

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