By: Sharon Fernandez
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV)
As Apostle Paul has so humbly spoken of his God-Given Desire, to know Christ, I draw my inspiration for today's blog from it. Without the invitation from Christ, one can never know Christ on their own. Not by our own strength, our human wisdom, can we ever know Christ.
It is purely by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; one can truly know Christ. We can't know Christ without knowing of His love.
To further illustrate this, I draw your attention to the Apostle Paul, who once was against the body of Christ. Before meeting Christ, Paul, known as Saul, was on a mission to kill all who chose Christ Jesus as their Lord and savior. We see Paul's experience and testimony shared in Galatians 1:13–2:10. In 1:13–14, Paul boldly summarizes his life before meeting Christ as one in which he sought to destroy the church of God.
Sharing his testimony, Paul expresses the truths of his violent persecution of the Christian community before Jesus met him on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:1–2, 13–14). The Greek verb translated as "destroy" in Galatians 1:13 (portheō) was also used to describe the sacking of cities, and so we see how much the apostle hated the church and wanted to eliminate it. Paul's conversion has no natural explanation; rather, his transformation from great enemy to chief advocate can only be attributed to his supernatural encounter with the risen Christ.
Knowing Christ starts in an individual's heart, which is the greatest miracle of all time. Jesus is touching the hearts of millions all over the world. Why does He do that?! He does it so that we, Humans, can know Christ and His passion towards us.
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (KJV)
The Love Of God speaks about His heart towards us. It is always full of goodness, kindness, and long-suffering. It is so pure and divine. It completes us and makes us whole. The love of God is nothing we can find in our humanely formed relationship with one another, yet; it is so profound and true. The love that saves sinners with its amazing grace and still calls us His own. The love that is found on the cross for ages long and still stands to be the testament of God's love for humanity. His love transcends all gender, race, color, and religious tradition that we humans could ever come up with.
God is Love. To know Christ, one should have the power to understand His Love. What kind of a mystery is this?! That God would send His only begotten Son to take our place as sinners on the cross so that we have a pardon for our sins and can be made right with God. We can boldly and confidently approach the throne of grace, knowing that we won't be condemned or judged. We have access to enter through the blood of the lamb; purified, sanctified, and holy. Indeed, a mystery that cannot be comprehended with human wisdom but by the spirit of God who bears witness to us, showing the goodness of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Sharon Fernandez, 32, is a young Singaporean born again Christian. She sensed the calling of God as a mother of two and now dedicates her life to serve God in the worship ministry and bible sharing. She spends her time studying the word of God fervently and teaches its application in practical everyday situations. She shares her devotions in her blog and daily devotions in her Instagram. She is known for helping individuals to look for divine wisdom to solve life situations and personal emotional matters through her bible studies. She believes with the help of the Holy Spirit, anyone can truly live their life to the fullest as the will of God is done on earth as it is done in Heaven.