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 first ‘knowing’ is through salvation.
We begin our journey to know the Lord through His word. Since we are created in the image of God, we have a heart-capacity to commune with Him. John 15:1-8 calls it abiding. The Amplified uses words like being vitally united.
I love John 15:8 which says, “By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.” Fruit is borne through abiding.
As we read God’s word and begin to walk in it, our knowledge of the Holy One increases. We go from print on a page to experiential knowledge. Let me describe that through Proverbs 3:6. It says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.”
The Hebrew word for acknowledge is ‘yada’ which means to know by observation, investigation, reflection, or firsthand experience. ‘Yada’ in its highest sense means life-giving intimacy. That aptly describes the power of abiding which yields experiential knowledge. John 8:31-32 says, “…If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
When we bring His truth into our heart it will become part of our thought processes. It is living heart-truth that brings inner transformation. It aligns our thoughts with His. It is the truth we know experientially that sets us free from the entanglement of sin.
2 Peter 1:3 says, “As His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the KNOWLEDGE of Him who called us by glory and virtue.”