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Knowing God . . .

John 17    2 Chronicles 25    Psalm 82

“And this is eternal life . . .” (John 17:3). In reading today’s texts, we are offered the opportunity to consider the nature and purpose of eternal life, which is succinctly defined as knowing God and Jesus Christ. What does it mean to “know” God? Well, I suggest that the chronicler provides some direction when he says of Amaziah, “He did what was right in the sight of the Lord, yet not with a true heart” (2 Chronicles 25:2). Amaziah demonstrates that knowing God is a matter of the heart, not simply the head. And so speaks Jesus: 

“That they may be one, as we are one” (John 17:11). To know God not the same as knowing information about God; “knowing” is a matter of relationship. To know God is to be “one” with God in Jesus, becoming united in love with God and with all that God is. In other words, eternal life has everything to do with loving God and loving the world that God loves. Especially other believers. Thus, eternal life is a quality of life, characterized by loving unity and involving head and heart, God and others, here and now . . . And the purpose? Well, it is beyond me. And it is beyond you:

“So that the world may believe” (John 17:21). And “know” (v.23). The purpose of knowing God and being known by God, of being “in” God and Jesus Christ and being “one” with each other, is so that the world will be invited and welcomed into this eternal-kind-of-life. And this is eternal life: to know God and Jesus intimately, and to love one another wholly, SO THAT others may do the same . . .  May it be so. Amen.  

“And this is eternal life,
that they may know you,
the only true God,
and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
     — John 17:3


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