Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Being Known

Acts 19:15 But the evil spirit answered them, "Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?"

15 ἀποκριθὲν δὲ τὸ πνεῦμα τὸ πονηρὸν εἶπεν αὐτοῖς· τὸν [μὲν] Ἰησοῦν γινώσκω καὶ τὸν Παῦλον ἐπίσταμαι, ὑμεῖς δὲ τίνες ἐστέ;

Some Jewish exorcists thought that they could do what Paul did by invoking Jesus' name indirectly.  They spoke of the Jesus that Paul preached.  The evil spirit was not impressed by this and overpowered them.

This begs a question for us.  Do you know Jesus or do you just know about Him?  Do you know a Jesus that has been made for you either by things you've experienced or things you've thought?  Or do you know the Jesus of Scripture?  Is He a hippie in a pink dress or is He the King of Glory who will return in triumph to judge the world?  One is cultural and one is biblical.

It is vital that we know Him.  When He comes to judge the world you are going to want to know Him.  He is either going to be your best friend who has come to take you home or He is going to be someone you don't know and you will be terrified of Him.  I look forward to that day.  Do you?

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