“We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.”        1 John 2:3 NIV


Christianity is not just knowing about God or knowing certain doctrines or following certain moral precepts. It is essentially about knowing God. Jesus said in John 17:3, “This is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Christianity at its heart is knowing God personally, through Jesus Christ, who revealed God to us. If you do not know Him, you are not a Christian, no matter how correct your doctrine or how faithful your church attendance. You may have been raised in the church and you may always have adhered to Christian morality, but if you do not know God personally, you are not saved. There is a vast difference between knowing about a person and knowing that person. We may know many things about a king or a well-known leader simply by reading the news or watching TV. But we do not know them personally. In the same way, we may know a lot about God, but if we have not entered into a personal relationship with Him, through faith in Jesus Christ, we do not know God personally. The apostle Paul was a rabbinical student steeped in Judaism. He knew the Hebrew Scriptures. He fastidiously kept the Jewish rituals and feasts. As to the righteousness of the Law, he said that he was blameless. But he wrote in Philippians 3:8, “. . . I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ.” Paul knew a lot about God, but he didn’t know God personally until he came to faith in Jesus Christ. Do you know God personally through Christ?



Lord Jesus, I want to know You personally.



Lord, l do not want to just have a lot of knowledge about You, I want to know You personally, through Your Son, Jesus, our Saviour and Lord. AMEN


I.B.R.A. Readings

Acts 16:16-30



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