This week we have the opportunity to learn about knowing God in the gospel of John. The word is used 102 times in 82 verses.
Knowing God brings us life—and it’s life that extends beyond death. We receive eternal life from knowing God.
This week reflect on how you are doing in knowing God and pray about going deeper in your own knowledge. Enjoy!
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Monday, September 7
Read John 17:1-5
John 17:3 is worth knowing and memorizing. “And this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.”
Jesus shared this verse in one of the most famous prayers he offered. The prayer is known as the High Priestly Prayer.
We can learn from this verse that eternal life does not begin when we die. It begins while we are on earth. In this verse we also learn that eternal life consists of knowing God. We know God here on earth and our knowledge of God will expand beyond death. Knowing God is not limited by life or death—it happens in both.
It’s worth reflecting on how knowing God while living on earth brings us life. The more we learn and grow and move deeper in our relationship with God, the more we grow in our spiritual life.
How are you doing at knowing God? As you pray to God today, talk to God about how deeply you know God. Ask for help in knowing God more deeply. The benefits of this knowledge are clear—it’s life—that will last beyond our own death.
Tuesday, September 8
Read John 1:10-13
These verses in John are from the Prologue to John. The Prologue is eighteen verses of rich teaching about the identity of Jesus and the relationship of Jesus (the Logos) to Abba, Father, or the first person of the Trinity. In verse 10 we read that the world did not know Jesus.
This does not mean that everyone who lives does not know Jesus. The phrase “the world” does include humans; however here John was talking about people who don’t know Jesus or God.
Do you know people who don’t have an active relationship with God? If you had three minutes with that person to share how Jesus brings life to you, what would you say? In what ways does your own relationship or knowing Jesus bring life to you?
If you have some extra time, write out your response to this question, “In what ways does my relationship or knowing Jesus bring life to me?”
Wednesday, September 9
Read John 3:11-21
These verses come from the conversation of Jesus with Nicodemus, a Jewish man who came to visit with Jesus at night. Some people believe that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night because he knew that he would be threatened by fellow Jews for just talking to Jesus. Nicodemus needed to be careful about being seen with Jesus.
In verse 11 we read the following statement by Jesus, “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.”
Knowledge in this verse is similar to belief. Jesus was saying in verse 11 that he spoke about what he believed. Later in these verses Jesus talked about how believing in him, Jesus, would bring forth eternal life. This idea of knowledge bringing forth eternal life is the same idea that we read about on Monday.
To what extent does your own knowing God bring you life?
Take some time and write out your answer to this question. Understanding how our own knowing God brings us life is a powerful, and in some ways basic part of faith.
Thursday, September 10
Read John 7:25-31
The word “know” is used many times in these verses.
John 7:27 Yet we know where this man is from; but when the Messiah comes, not one will know where he is from …
John 7:28 Then Jesus cried out as he was teaching in the temple, “You know me, and you know where I am from. I have not come on my own. But the one who sent me is true, and you do not know him.”
John 7:29 “I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.”
We learn from these passages that one way to learn or grow in our understanding of God the Father or Creator is to learn more about Jesus. Jesus illustrates the identity of God.
As Pastor Paul shared in his sermon on Sunday, we can’t see God, but we know Jesus. This knowledge of Jesus gives us a much clearer expression of the identity of God.
Friday, September 11
Read John 8:48-59
Jesus claimed clearly that he knew God the Father or Creator, the first part of the Trinity. And because Jesus knew the Father or Creator, we can also.
It’s not easy to say that we can know God the Father or Creator. How can we know something that we don’t see? In the Old Testament people could not see God because seeing God would bring forth death.
This changed when Jesus came. In this and other passages in John we learn that Jesus is a reflection of God. Jesus is God, but also reveals what his abba, Father is like.
Do you want to know God, the first part of the Trinity? Learn and get to know Jesus even better.
As you pray today, pray that you can come to know God even better.
Saturday, September 12
Read John 10:22-30
Jesus gave a beautiful illustration of what it means to know God. Just as a sheep knows the voice of the shepherd, we know God by following the voice of Jesus. We don’t hear the voice, but we can learn about the impressions of the Holy Spirit.
In his sermon on Sunday, Pastor Paul shared the acronym, IFAR. It stands for:
- Information – facts, truths, principles
- Familiarity with a person or topic
- Awareness of what makes a person think or believe or want
- Relational – understand or know the character of a person
We know God by knowing information, being familiar with God, being aware of the thoughts or desires of God, and being in relationship with God in our heart.
Of these four letters which one do you do well? Which one would you like to improve? Talk to God about this today.