How can you know?
Greetings to you my friends! How can you know—that you know anything? We humans have to learn as we go through life—setting priorities about the most important things. Think about this for a moment; there are many things in life that we think we know all about and actually may know very little—or nothing at all. Everything in this life is learned, at one time or another and in some way. What about a relationship with God and Christ? That should be one of those high-priority things. Can anyone really know they are getting right with God, if they really want to? Is going to church every Sunday bringing you closer to knowing God, or Christ? How do you or I even start down the right path? WE HAVE TO LEARN and then come to know that we know it! No one can do this for us. Is it easy, hard, or can anyone who decides to be a Christian, just become one? Do God and Christ have certain standards that have to be lived up to? Do you know? Is the Old Testament Bible relevant for modern day Christians? How can we come to know these answers and can we? Thankfully yes, but these are just some of the questions to consider when answering the title question above.
Christ said; (Matt 7:13-14) "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, (or the death penalty; Rom.6:23, first part) and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (NKJV unless otherwise noted.) Are all professing Christians on the right path and can they know?
Let us get right to the point with this article and answer some of these, as well as the title question, from scripture! After all, that is the ultimate source to go to for the answers—Gods Word. However, one has to be honest with scripture and study them to get the right answers on everything. 2 Tim 2:15 tells all true Christians to; “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” How do you know you are doing that? (Please read all of these scripture in your own Bible.)
With the millions of people around the world who claim to be Christians and worship Christ only; are they TRUE Christians when they ignore God the Father and over half of the Bible? Is there a difference, some might asked—God or Christ or God and Christ? Did you know that Christ IS God? (John1:1-2, Titus 2:9-10) Can someone just profess Christ and be a Christian? Anyone should come to know there are clever impostors in this world who will deceive us, if we let them, religious imitators; who have used Christ’s name to deceive the many. Christ Himself said; (to the disciples) "Take heed that no one deceives you. (This applies to all true disciples, (Christians) even today!) (5) For many will come in My name, saying, 'I am (He is) the Christ,' and will deceive many.” (Matt 24:4-5) We must know that we know the TRUE Christ—not the many impostors!
So now, can anyone worship only Christ and not the Father also? Many do that, you know—if you think about it! What did Paul say repeatedly about that? Here is one example of giving proper credit where it is due; Rom 1:7 “Grace to you (Roman COG) and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.” Christ also acknowledged the Father as supreme, many times; and said we are to worship the Father in spirit and truth! (John 4:23-24) “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." God is a Family, now Father and Son and that has to be respected and obeyed by all His children.
So how do you know you are truly worshiping God, & KNOW that you are?
Just as a short and random summary, what is one of the first things a true Christian has to come to know? Know GOD! How? Through the true Jesus Christ and learning from His examples, plus familiarizing yourself with the Bible and what IT says—not what men say it says. Somethings are read into the Bible by well-meaning people but are not really there, or are misinterpreted. Sometimes this happens even in the COG and mistakes are made. Those have to be corrected before people get deceived and go off in a wrong direction. (See “Signs” for more on this.)
Many scriptures tell us we must have come to know and have begun believing and keeping the commandments—ALL TEN OF THEM—according to the Bible. This starts the process of coming out of sin (1John 3:4) as we begin to be taught by God, (John 6:45) after first being called by Him! (V.44) Just anyone cannot come into His presents and be a Christian—the world at large has been cut off since the Garden of Eden and still is! Satan the devil is the god of this world at this time. (2Cor.4:3-4)
(2) Peter said in Acts 2:38-40 “Then Peter said to them, "Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call." Repentance & baptism by emersion is required before our sins can be forgiven through Jesus Christ’s shed blood. No one can become a Christian without fulfilling this first requirement. We must all be reconciled to God through Christ and know that we have been. Rom. 5:10 tells us this; “For if when we were enemies (sinners) we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” God and Christ will come to live in us by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is granted to those who OBEY Him! (Acts 5:32)
There is a grand-designed plan for that, revealed in the seven steps of the HOLY DAYS of God, laid out in the Old Testament book of Lev.23, as well as being randomly mentioned throughout the New T. These are also God’s commands for true Christians. Obedience to God is the same as having a relationship with Christ. (John 14:6) Now to the third and final point; for this article.
(3) There is a lot more that could be said on this, but the apostle John summed it up for us by saying; 1 John 2:3-6 “Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. (This word is plural!) 4 He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. 5 But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. 6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He (Christ) walked”. Christ kept the seventh day Sabbath and the Hoy Days listed in Lev.23 as well as kept the other nine commandments. (John 15:10)
There is no greater example of knowing God than being willing to obey what He tells us to do—even giving our lives to death in His service. In doing that, we are striving to have the fruits of the Holy Spirit working in us. It is by the fruits of our doings that He judges us. Jer.17:10 says; “I, the LORD, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings.” If our ways are pleasing to God, we may honestly conclude that we know Him, and He knows us! (Read 2Tim.2:19) 1 John 4:6 “We (True Christians ministers) are of God. He who knows God hears us; (because they are hearing the Bible expounded properly) he who is not of God does not hear us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error”.
Are you any closer now than what you were, in knowing that you know God and the real Jesus of the Bible? I HOPE SO, but there is much to the truth about this! Check out the many other articles, Bible studies and audio material on this web-site, put here for your learning and benefit.