We Know
Wednesday, September 23, 2009


 1 John 2:21  I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth.           

            By my count, John uses the word “know” 33 times in his first epistle.  Except for articles, conjunctions, and personal pronouns no other word compares.  His message is clear – we can know Christ, and this is the most important knowledge in all of the universe.         

            We can know, for example, that God created the heavens and earth.  We can know it because His word says so.  Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth,” and Psalm 8 says, “O Lord, our LORD, how majestic is Your name in all the earth!  You have set Your glory above the heavens. . . .I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars that you have set in place.”  Or in Psalm 19, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims His handiwork.  Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.”  However, the strongest biblical statement comes with an admonishment from the Apostle Paul.  In Romans 1:19-20, “.. . .since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.  For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.” 

         Although we cannot teach this in our culture (at least as part of what our children can know), we don’t really have to, because all we have to do is look at the universe, the miracles of creation, and know that there is a God.            Isn’t it strange, we cannot take such an overwhelmingly obvious act and legally teach the miracle of the creation to our children – especially when the alternative is not rational.  The “big bang” theory of creation without a Creator is like an empty room.  All of a sudden there is a loud bang – and walla --- a chair appears; another bang and zap – there is the couch; bang, bang, bang – a lamp, a mantle piece, and a carpet.  And that scenario of  the creation of inanimate objects is billions of times more likely than a creation of life without a Creator.  And we instinctively know that.  

          But John knew something more.  He knew that Creator became flesh and dwelt among His creatures.  He knew this Creator taught them how to live and then died because He knew we could not live to His standards; He taught us how to love, then substituted His love for our condemnation.  And John knew that.  Sadly, we have lost that knowledge in the modern church.  We no longer fight for that truth.  We sit idly by and let our children be indoctrinated with other theories; we diminish a faith based on love, because some object to the Lord of Love; and we are becoming like lambs being led to the slaughter, simply because we will not stand like John in the midst of persecution and say – I know.

            We need not be mean about what we know.  John was not.  But he was sure.  And he never turned his back on what he was sure of.  My greatest fear is that the reason we lack John’s boldness, is because we lack his knowledge.  We have been so inundated by the teachings of the world, maybe we just no longer know.  How sad that we have lost the most important knowledge in all of the universe. 

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