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Can we KNOW
the will of God? Can we KNOW
anything about God? Most folks would say, "Well, we canít KNOW, we can BELIEVE what we think is right, but to KNOW
implies settled fact... and isnít everything that applies to God done by
faith?" Well, we certainly approach God by faith in His Son,
Jesus, and we have faith toward God. However, does the Bible
teach us that we can KNOW?
it does! Letís look at some scriptures and see what they say
about knowing spiritual truths. Can we KNOW? (By the way, to emphasize the word "know," I am intentionally bolding and capitalizing "KNOW" for emphasis.)
1 John 5:13 "These things have I written
unto you that
believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may KNOW that ye have
eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God."
John 5:14 "And this is the confidence that we have in him,
if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us:"
John 5:15 "And if we KNOW
that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we KNOW that we have
the petitions that we desired of him." (Emphasis is mine.)
at these three "knows." We can KNOW that we have
eternal life, not just guess, or hope, or even just believe, we can KNOW!
that God hears us when we pray to Him!
We can KNOW that we have
what we have prayed for and received by faith!
And that is just
one of many places that says that we can KNOW! For
instance, Luke, when he was explaining why he was writing the book that
bears his name says:
1:3 "It seemed good to me also, having had perfect
of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most
Luke 1:4 "That thou mightest KNOW the certainty
of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed." (Again,
the emphasis here is mine.)
You can KNOW the certainty
of the things that you have been instructed in from the Word of God as
well! Notice, not just KNOW,
That seems to be the very opposite to, "Well, we canít really KNOWÖ" or, "Well,
you might BELIEVE
that is so, butÖ" No, we can KNOW the CERTAINTY!
look at other examples:
John 8:32 "And ye
shall KNOW the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Emphasis
we know OF
the truth, or does it say that we KNOW
the truth? Notice that we KNOW
the truth, and KNOWING
the truth makes us free!
In the parable of the
shepherd Jesus said:
John 10:4 "And when
he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep
follow him: for they KNOW
his voice." (Emphasis mine.)
His voice. We KNOW
the voice of God! "But, Brother Bill," you might say, "surely
we canít KNOW
that we KNOW
the voice of God!" What does the Bible teach us
here? If we are His sheep, then we KNOW
His voice, and verse five continues, "And a stranger will they not
follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of
strangers." So, if we are His sheep, we KNOW His voice, and
we can distinguish His voice from a strangerís voice!
bottom line to all this is that we do KNOW the
14:17 "Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because
it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye KNOW him; for he dwelleth
with you, and shall be in you."
We KNOW the Spirit of
Truth, for He dwells IN
us! Godís Spirit, the teacher of the church (John 14:26)
lives within us as believers! How much do we know?
John 2:20 "But ye have an unction from the Holy One, and ye
KNOW all things." (Emphasis mine.)
Because of the anointing of the
Holy Spirit (the "unction") we KNOW
ALL THINGS! Now THAT is
powerful! Donít sell short what we KNOW as believers!
Corinthians 2:12 "Now we have received, not the spirit of the
world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might KNOW the things
that are freely given to us of God."
things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but
which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with
1 Corinthians 2:14 "But the natural man receiveth
the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him:
neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."
we are believers, because we have the Spirit of truth on the inside of
us, we can KNOW
the things that are freely given to us by God! The world
understand these things, but we can! That is plain from these
BILL! What about scriptures like:
Corinthians 8:2 "And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he
knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know."
Corinthians 13:9 "For we know in part, and we prophesy in part."
do you say to those scriptures? Well, the Word is trueÖ and
donít know everything that we are going to know when we are in our
glorified bodies after the resurrection. We DO now, in this
dispensation, only KNOW
in part. And we will KNOW
more in that dayÖ but, letís look at it this way, we KNOW enough about
some things scientifically to use them effectively, but we donít KNOW
their full depths as of yet. Scientists can split the atom
produce electricity, or make an atom bomb, but they would be the first
to say that they donít understand and KNOW all that there
is to know about atomic energy. But, what they KNOW, they KNOW!
The part they have learned and can use, they can use. It is
same way with us and spiritual things. What we KNOW, we KNOW!
We will learn more, we can know moreÖ but what we KNOW, is still true!
bottom line is that we have been dwelling too long on "we canít know
the things of God." When, in fact, He tells us we CAN KNOW the things
of God! We wonít know them all in this life necessarily, but
what we do KNOW,
thing we KNOW
is His grace:
Corinthians 8:9 "For ye KNOW the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that,
though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through
his poverty might be rich." (Emphasis mine.)
We KNOW His grace
(unmerited favor!) We can rest in that!
prayed that the believers in Ephesus would KNOW the love of
Ephesians 3:19 "And to KNOW the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the
fulness of God." (Emphasis mine.)
Even though this Love passes nature
knowledge, we can KNOW
this Love and be filled with all the fullness of God! Paul
goes on to say:
Phillipians 3:10a "That I
may KNOW him, and the power of his resurrectionÖ" (Emphasis mine.)
God, we can KNOW
the power of His resurrection! We can KNOW how to answer
every man that we deal with (Col. 4:6) and we are to KNOW
those that labor over us, such as pastors and teachers (1 Thess. 5:12)
and that are "over us in the Lord" (that is, have authority over
us.) Therefore, donít confess, "I donít know what church I am
attend!" Rather, confess, "The scripture says that I am to KNOW those that have
authority over me, therefore I KNOW
what pastor and church I am to join, support, and submit to!"
John 2:3 "And hereby we do KNOW that we KNOW him, if we keep
his commandments." (Emphasis mine.)
So, we "KNOW that we KNOW Him," if we
keep His commandments! If we KNOW His Word, and
if we keep His Word, then we can KNOW
that we KNOW!
John 2:5 "But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God
perfected: hereby KNOW we that we are in him." (Emphasis mine.)
that we are in HimÖ but notice the key: "Keep His Word! Let
the Love of God be perfected in you!"
John 3:14 "We KNOW that we have passed from death unto life, because we
love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death." (Emphasis
KNOW we have
passed from death unto lifeÖ not guess, not hope, but KNOW!
hereís the bottom line scripture:
John 4:6 "We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not
of God heareth not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the
spirit of error."
It is possible, and in fact, the
norm, for us, as children of God, is to KNOW the Spirit of
Truth and the spirit of error. To KNOW the difference
between them. To hear Godís Voice, but discern the devilís
voice. To KNOW
what is right and what is wrong. Yes, we can and do KNOW!
So, donít let anyone tell you that the things of the spirit are "wishy
washy," uncertain, or unknowable. In fact, we CAN and DO KNOW the things
that pertain to the Spirit! We CAN and DO KNOW right and
wrong, and we do KNOW
the things of God, and can, in confidence proclaim them!