You have heard the phrase “it isn’t what you know but who you know.” That is actually from the Bible. Anyway, in the last post (Thank you for the gospel) it was all about “who she knew” and not “what she knew.” What faith. What belief. What assurance. Check it out if you haven’t yet.
Two posts ago I wrote about this “Book of Remembrance” that God keeps. He is recording all the amazing things we say about Him. It comes from this passage:
Mal 3:16 Then those who feared the Lord talked often one to another; and the Lord listened and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who reverenced and worshipfully feared the Lord and who thought on His name. 17 And they shall be Mine, says the Lord of hosts, in that day when I publicly recognize and openly declare them to be My jewels (My special possession, My peculiar treasure). And I will spare them, as a man spares his own son who serves him. (AMP)
So now I want to challenge your thinking about this passage:
1Co 8:11 Now concerning food offered to idols:we know that “all of us possess knowledge.” This “knowledge” puffs up, but love builds up. 2 If anyone imagines that he knows something, he does not yet know as he ought to know. 3 But if anyone loves God, he is known by God. (ESV)
What on Earth does that “he is known by God” mean? Well likely it has nothing to do with Earth so let’s go a little higher up for an explanation.
We know that He knows us. We are already “known by Him.” He has every hair on our head numbered. He formed us in the womb. He patterned us for good before the foundation of the Earth. He foreknew us and predestined us for His goodness. It is very clear that He knows everything about us. He made us.
So what is going on here? Well here is another translation for verse 3:
1 Cor 8:3 But if one loves God truly [with affectionate reverence, prompt obedience, and grateful recognition of His blessing], he is known by God [recognized as worthy of His intimacy and love, and he is owned by Him]. (AMP)
Maybe that’s it. But wait there is more. How about this translation (all three verses):
1 Cor 8:1-3 The question keeps coming up regarding meat that has been offered up to an idol: Should you attend meals where such meat is served, or not? We sometimes tend to think we know all we need to know to answer these kinds of questions—but sometimes our humble hearts can help us more than our proud minds. We never really know enough until we recognize that God alone knows it all. (The Message)
Getting closer? OK how about some other references?
Nah 1:7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; he knows those who take refuge in him. (ESVST)
Having fun yet? One more:
1Co 13:12 For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. (ESVST)
Here is what I believe. When we begin to see what God knows and thinks about us we can’t help but love Him. What if verse 3 of 1 Cor 8 could read like this?
If anyone loves God, he has seen what God sees in them…or…If you love God then you know how much He loves you…or…our knowing Him is found in understanding what He knows about us…or…how can we not love the one who knows everything about me and still loves me even more than the life of His own Son (just saying)? LLT
Want to know what God says about you? Here is one example:
1Pe 2:9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (ESV)
He has so many other amazing things to say about you. I challenge you to go and search them out. Remember He isn’t mad at you. Jesus paid it all. You are His chosen ones, His special treasure. I contend that our journey is learning about God by learning what He knows and says about us. When I can see how much He loves me in spite of me, I am blown away. Honestly I make all kinds of mistakes, forget how awesome He is, step into unbelief, say mean stuff to people and all that…still He loves me. Isn’t is awesome that WHO we know says everything about WHO we are. We aren’t learning WHAT but WHO. I like that.