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Does Jesus Know You? Part 1

What a Strange Question: Does Jesus Know You?

Jesus knows everyone, doesn’t He?  He is, after all, Omniscient, All-Knowing God, Who “searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9).

According to the Bible, however, being known by Jesus encompasses far more than Him knowing everything about you.  And for those who claim to be Christians, it means more than them being able to speak and act in a Christian manner.  How do we know this?  Matthew 7:23.

Matthew 7:23 records that someday, many who profess to be Christians and do great works in Jesus’ name will be absolutely terrified when Jesus tells them, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”

Something You Don’t Want to Hear

“I never knew you.”  Those are words that you and I don’t want to hear.  Scripture is clear about who goes to Heaven and who goes to hell.  Heaven is reserved only for those whom Jesus knows.  Hell – an eternity in torment, separated from God and His goodness forever – is reserved for those whom He does not know.

So it is crucial that we find out what it really means to be known by Jesus.  What are the specific qualities of those whom Jesus knows?  How can we adopt those qualities into our own life?  John chapter 10 in the Bible has the answers.

Are You Jesus’ Sheep?

In John chapter 10, Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd, and His followers as His sheep.  Do you know why He uses this illustration?

Sheep (people) are basically helpless creatures, completely unable to care for themselves.  Not very smart, they use poor judgment and can easily get into all kinds of trouble and danger.  They are easy prey for enemies.

Sheep (people) desperately need the shepherd’s (Jesus’) care.  They need a close relationship with their shepherd (Jesus).  He must guide them, provide for them, heal, and protect them.  If they are rebellious against His care, He must for their own good correct and discipline them.

Jesus said, “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10:27).

Jesus the Good Shepherd

John 10:3-5,14-15,27
To [Jesus] the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.”

“14 I am the good shepherd, and I know My own and My own know Me, 15 even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep…27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me;”

How does this passage describe Jesus our Good Shepherd?  First, He has a specific flock of sheep He is watching over.  He calls them His own sheep.  The sheep belong to Him.  And He has a personal relationship with each one.

If we belong to Jesus, He call us by name and leads us.  He goes ahead of us so we can follow Him.  He knows us – intimately, even as God the Father knows Jesus and Jesus knows the Father.  Jesus willingly laid down His life for us.

How Should Sheep Behave?

What are the characteristics of Jesus’ sheep?  They hear Jesus’ voice.  They follow Him because they know His voice.  They do not follow strangers because they do not know the voice of strangers. They flee from strangers.  They know Jesus – intimately.

Do you want to be Jesus’ sheep?  Do you want to be known by Him?

Ask yourself: Have I recognized that I need Jesus?  Have I turned from my own ways, accepted Jesus as my Lord and Savior, and entrusted myself to His care?  Am I coming to know His voice by spending time in His Word and prayer?  Am I following Him, obeying His voice?

What’s Next?

Act on your answers in the paragraph above.  If you are not certain that you belong to Jesus, read “How Can I Know God?”.

Do you have a comment, question, or testimony to share?

Your questions and input can be an encouragement to other readers. Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.

Thank you!
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  1. bolanle olaide  August 16, 2019

    Yes I know that Jesus Christ knows me. but how can preach this to someone else?I have been trying to make them change their ways but still need holy spirit and to read some words like this to help myself. I really enjoy this and I also learn more about Jesus Christ.thank you very much l would like to know more and learn more

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  August 16, 2019

      Bolanle, thank you for your comment. Remember that people, in their own strength, cannot truly change their ways. They must have their heart changed first. When a person is born again by accepting and turning to Christ, the Holy Spirit changes their heart so they want to live for God, they want to do right. Pray often for a person you want to tell about Jesus. Pray God will open their heart and mind to believe the good news, the gospel. Ask God to give you an opportunity to speak with them. Show the person love. Tell them how Jesus has made a difference in your life. When they see Jesus reflected in your life, they will be more open to accepting and following Christ. I hope this helps. You can learn more by reading more of the blogs and articles on my site. God bless you –Wendy

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  2. Thomas  September 14, 2019

    Hello Wendy.
    Can you please share one example on scripture where someone says a prayer like you suggest to be saved?
    Thank you.
    Thomas

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    • Wendy Knight
      Wendy Knight  September 18, 2019

      Thomas, thank you for your question regarding the prayer in my article “How Can I Know God?”. There are no examples in the New Testament of people being saved by reciting a specific prayer. Prayer itself will not save anyone. Rather, salvation comes by hearing, believing (trusting), and responding by faith to the gospel message. Salvation is through faith alone in Christ alone as Savior (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:8). Faith is more than mental assent to the truth of something. It means to trust in, to rely on. True faith in Christ will result in repentance (changing your mind and turning from sin and toward God) (Acts 26:20). It will result in receiving Jesus as Savior (John 1:12).

      If saying a prayer is not the model for receiving salvation, why did I include a prayer in my article? I believe that prayer can help a person who accepts the truths of the gospel to respond in faith to the message. It can help a person progress from believing to confessing his/her faith. Romans 10:8-10 says this: “…’the Word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart’ – that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation.” Romans 10:13 goes on to say, “for
      whoever will call on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

      I apologize if the article conveyed the thought, “You must pray like this to be saved.” The prayer was meant to be an example of how a person can express what he/she believes. The prayer includes confession of basic gospel truths, repentance, calling upon the Lord to save, receiving a new identity in Christ, and thanksgiving.

      So how did people in the book of Acts receive salvation if they didn’t say a prayer?

      On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached Jesus Christ – His death, burial, and resurrection. He preached that the people had crucified the One whom God had made both Lord and Christ (Messiah, Savior). The people were “pierced to the heart” and asked, “What shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (Acts 2:38).

      In Acts 22, Paul the apostle (previously called Saul) gives his testimony of salvation. Jesus had appeared to him on the road to Damascus, and told him to go to Damascus, where he would be told what to do. As Saul waited, a disciple named Ananias came and told him what to do. “Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His (Jesus’) name” (Acts 22:16).

      In Acts 16:30, the Philippian jailer asked Paul and Silas, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” Acts 16:31-34 records, “They said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.’ And they spoke the word of the Lord to him together with all who were in his house. And he took them that very hour of the night and washed their wounds, and immediately he was baptized, he and all his household. And he brought them into his house and set food before them, and rejoiced greatly, having believed in God with his whole household.”

      Thank you again, Thomas, for seeking truth and holding me accountable.

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