The Infinite Nature Of God Part Two
I want to look at some verses about our knowledge of God. John 17:3 says, “And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.” Our salvation begins there. To know and accept the Lord as our personal Savior is eternal life.
As our knowledge of the Lord increases our trust in Him enlarges. Colossians 1:10 says, “That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.”
Our increase comes as we read God’s word for understanding. We are not just reading for the sake of reading, but reading to apply its truths to our lives. That is what Joshua 1:8 instructs. It says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Meditating in God’s word causes us to bear fruit and prosper spiritually.
We experience the fruit-producing power of God at work in our heart as we dwell in His word. John 15:2 says, “Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”
2 Peter 1:5-7 is a list of things we are to add to our faith: virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, and brotherly kindness. Verse 8 says, “For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Peter ended his epistle with the encouragement to grow. 2 Peter 3:18 says, “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.”
Past hurts that we keep buried in our unconscious block our fruit. When we apply His word to our lives, He prunes out the hidden, so that our capacity to receive and give love increases.
At salvation His love in poured into our heart. Romans 5:5 says, “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” We are the ones who block His love from filling our heart through burying our hurts rather than trusting Him to resolve them. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”
Galatians 5:1 says, “Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” We entangle ourselves when we bury our hurts. Verse 13 says, “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”