What a Strange Question: Does Jesus Know You?
Doesn’t Jesus know everyone? He is, after all, Omniscient, All-Knowing God, Who “searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts” (1 Chronicles 28:9).
Yet, according to the Bible, being known by Jesus encompasses far more than Him knowing everything about you. It means more than you saying that you know Him, or talking and acting like a Christian (Matthew 7:23).
This question – “Does Jesus know you?” – should not be taken lightly. It is actually the most important question you will ever encounter. Why? Because only those whom Jesus knows will be allowed into Heaven. Those whom He does not know will spend eternity in torment, separated from God and His goodness forever.
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?
In Part 1 of “Does Jesus Know You?”, we looked at a question from John chapter 10: “Are you Jesus’ sheep?” Jesus describes Himself as the Good Shepherd, and His followers as His sheep.
In Part 2, we will look at a question based on John chapter 14: “Is there proof that you love Jesus?”
Is There Proof That You Love Jesus?
In John 14:21, 23, and 24, Jesus defined the one thing that proves we love Him. Do you know what it is?
John 14:20-21, 23-24
“20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
“23…If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Father’s who sent Me.”
According to this passage, how do we prove that we love Jesus? “He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me.”
What are the rewards of loving Jesus? A beautiful picture of close, intimate relationship. Jesus in us, and we in Him. We will be loved by both the Father and by Jesus. Jesus will disclose Himself to us. Jesus and the Father will come to us and make their home with us.
Do you have assurance that Jesus knows you? Do you know for sure that you will go to Heaven to be with Him forever? If you have Jesus’ commandments and keep them, you need not fear.
Is That What You Want?
God shows us in the Bible, His Word, what it means to have and keep Jesus’ commandments. It means to give His Word first place in our life, to internalize it and treasure it in our heart, and seek to obey it.
Read the psalmist’s passionate prayer in Psalm 119:9-16. The writer of this psalm was so in love with God and His Word, his hunger could not be satisfied by simply reading Scripture. Instead, he studied and reflected on it prayerfully, seeking to understand and apply it to his life.
The psalmist pursued God and sought to live his life in obedience to Him. His chief desire was to please God. In Psalm 119:11, he declared, “Your word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against You.”
Read Psalm 119:9-16 aloud several times, as if it were your own prayer to God. If you do this daily and act on it, you can experience a renewed hunger for God’s Word.
2 Timothy 2:19 is a foundational Scripture that we would do well to memorize and reflect on often.
2 Timothy 2:19
“19 Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His” and “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”
Having assurance that Jesus knows us and we belong to Him can inspire comfort, hope, and confidence in us. Reminding ourselves of the importance of living in obedience to our Lord can keep us on track
What about Matthew 7:23?
Read Matthew 7:21-24. Why will Jesus declare to many who profess to be Christians and even do mighty deeds in His name, “I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness”?
That is the topic for Part 3.
Take the first step toward a relationship with God. If you are not certain that you belong to Jesus, read “How Can I Know God?”.
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