“Now Adam knew Eve his wife,
and she conceived and bore Cain, and said,
‘I have acquired a man from the Lord.’”
Genesis 4:1 (NKJV)
“I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power
of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings,
becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow,
attaining to the resurrection from the dead.”
Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
“…that you may know…what is the exceeding greatness
of His power toward us who believe,
according to the working of His mighty power
which He worked in Christ
when He raised Him from the dead…”
Ephesians 1:18-20 (NKJV)
“And He said, ‘Let Me go, for the day breaks.’
But he said, ‘I will not let You go unless You bless me!’”
Genesis 32:26 (NKJV)
“There is a world of difference between
knowing the Word of God
and knowing the God of the Word.”
I have many times in these devotionals made a distinction between the Jewish and the Gentile notions of knowledge. I once read the story of an Oxford don who wrote a brilliant work on the biblical doctrine of reconciliation. Sadly, he was divorced three (?) times and always at odds with his fellow professors. A Jewish scholar would say that the man had no true knowledge of reconciliation as judged by his life.
To “know” something or someone, as Jews understood the term, meant to actively engage with the subject or person. When Genesis speaks of Adam knowing Eve it refers to intimate relations.
So when Paul speaks of desiring a powerful knowledge of Christ he does not mean he wants to have a detailed theological perception of Christ. He craves a powerful experience of the enormous strength it took to raise Christ from the dead.
As we look at all that Paul accomplished as a minister of the Gospel he must have had an enormous portion of divine energy operating within him. YET he has an insatiable appetite for even more divine energy to operate in his life.
With all that you seek from your Father in heaven, seek what Paul refers to above all else. Cry out today to know this divine power. Lay hold of the Lord and do not let go until you feel His presence deep in your heart.
Be persistent, be earnest, be demanding if you will, but always be consistent in your objective to know Him. Yes, pray that your burdens be taken from you, BUT pray incessantly that your knowledge of the Good Shepherd would increase more and more until that glorious day when you see Him face to face.