Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wednesday, February 14th: Leviticus 22-24, Philippians 3 ~ Tammy

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is Leviticus 22-24, Philippians 3

Philippians 3:10a that I may know him
Five words that say a lot!

This was Paul's purpose, to know Jesus Christ, and it should be ours too.

Grant Richison says.....(emphasis mine)
The word “that” introduces a purpose clause. This was Paul’s life purpose. The life ambition of Paul was to know Jesus Christ better. He had known Him for a quarter of a century. Yet he wanted to know Him better. He could aim no higher. In verse 8 Paul referred to knowing Christ as “the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.” There is no end to knowing about the greatness of Christ.

It is interesting how many people feel that coming to Christ initially in salvation is all there is to know of Him. Initial salvation only introduces us to Him. It does not exhaust the wonder of His person. As we grow in grace, we understand Him better:

“But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 3:18).

Through the study of the Word of God, we will know Him better. The Bible is even called “the mind of Christ” (I Cor. 2:16). The Word of God is God’s thinking about Christ. We will become more intimate with Him as we grow in grace. Salvation is only the beginning, the commencement of knowing Him. His person is many splendored. It takes time to know Him.

The word “know” means to know by experience. It is not enough to know Jesus Christ academically. We must know Him personally by the experience of fellowship with Him. That experience comes primarily from the study of Scripture....

The more we center on the person of Christ, the more our spiritual life grows. If we lessen our relationship with Him, our spiritual life weakens. Are you daily studying the Word to know more of Christ? Is this your life ambition?

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage:  Leviticus 25-27, Philippians 4

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