Christianity (A Revelation of Jesus Christ)
We can't make Christianity mean what we want it to mean. Since Jesus said, "I am the Truth" then what we believe about Christianity will line up with the truth about the TRUTH!
Look at it this way, pretend that you've never sat behind the wheel of a car and you've never learned to drive. But what you have done is memorized the drivers manual. You even tried to memorize by heart how to take a car apart and put it together.
You even teach others how to do the same by passing on the facts you memorized. But does that mean you can really drive? No! But once the facts become known to you by experience by actually getting behind the wheel of a car, THEN the light comes on and you say, "AH, this is what all those facts mean! - NOW I see, NOW I understand!"
It's like that with Jesus Christ too. Biblical doctrine gives us facts and even insights about Jesus Christ. Yet it's not the same as Having the mind of Christ, or of seeing Him. Do we need Biblical teaching concerning Jesus Christ? Yes. But the teaching is supposed to move us forward into seeing and living with the actual person.
A Christian poll found, "Christians by the thousands know what the Bible says but don't really know what it MEANS. Some even know what the Bible means intellectually and doctrinally but don't know what it means by knowing HIM." That's mind boggling!
Why were the apostles and New Testament believers so certain about Jesus Christ? More than the fact that they spent time with him, and had seen him raised from the dead was because Jesus Christ was IN THEM - an inner revelation of Jesus that carried them through life.
If the Body of Christ today would get back to this foundational purpose of God, that we might KNOW HIM, it is certain that the knowledge of Jesus Christ would once again spread world-wide in His church. Rather than being a rare thing the purpose of God through the gifts would finally be happening!
I close with why Paul saw the need to pray the way he did for the Ephesians. Paul prays for them, that they might have their eyes opened. Opened to what? Open to what all that he is teaching them. Open to the Christ about whom Paul is writing.
This is our prayer for you too - because we still need for God to open our eyes to see Jesus in us in a fresh way in our day more than ever.
Ephesians 1:15-20 "This is why, when I heard of the faith in the Lord Jesus that is present in your community and of your great love for all God’s people,
16 I haven’t stopped thanking Him for you. I am continually speaking to Him on your behalf in my prayers. Here’s what I say:
17 God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people. Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You.
18 Open the eyes of their hearts, and let the light of Your truth flood in. Shine Your light on the hope You are calling them to embrace. Reveal to them the glorious riches You are preparing as their inheritance.
19 Let them see the full extent of Your power that is at work in those of us who believe, and may it be done according to Your might and power. Friends, it is this same might and resurrection power that
20 He used in the Anointed One to raise Him from the dead and to position Him at His right hand in heaven. There is nothing over Him. "