It should be every believer’s ultimate desire to more and more know Jesus Christ. The Apostle Paul speaks of the knowledge of Christ to be of surpassing value and he is willing to forfeit all things to gain Christ (Philippians 3:8). Here are four important truths that should be understood when it comes to knowing Jesus Christ.
1. It is Jesus Christ who shows us the glory of God the Father.
If you had known me, you would have known my Father also. From now on you do know him and have seen him.” 8 Philip said to him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” 9 Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? (John 14:7-9)
2. Christ shows us the glory of God the Father by showing us His own glory. Put another way, we do not look beyond Christ to see the Father’s glory, we look upon Christ!
He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the universe by the word of his power. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. (Hebrews 1:3)
3. The Spirit of God opens our hearts and minds that we may see and know Christ’s glory as we behold Him in the Word of God.
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. (II Corinthians 3:18)
4. The Spirit uses the entire Word of God to show us Christ’s glory.
You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me. (John 5:39)
How important it is then, that we read the Scriptures in a Christ-centered way. We should seek to see all that we can see concerning Jesus Christ. We should realize that the knowledge of Him is of surpassing worth. We must recognize that in Christ alone our hope is found. We are connected by the Spirit of God to Jesus Christ who shows us the glory of God. May we behold Christ’s glory more and more for he brings us, by grace, into the presence of God!