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(Message shared on 10 April 2016 by Rev. Patrick Foo)

Psalms 诗篇 139:1-6

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

耶和华啊,你洞察我的内心,知道我的一切。
我或坐下或起来,你都知道,你从远处就知道我的心思意念。
我或外出或躺卧,你都了解,你熟悉我的一切行为。
耶和华啊,我话未出口,你已洞悉一切。
你在我前后护卫着我,以大能的手保护我。
这一切实在是太奇妙,太深奥了,我无法明白。

Philippians 3:7-11

But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ.
Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of KNOWING Christ Jesus my Lord. For his
sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ
and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith—
that I may KNOW Him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death,
that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

只是我先前以为与我有益的,我现在因基督都当作有损的。
不但如此,我也将万事当作有损的,因我以认识我主基督耶稣为至宝。我为他已经丢弃万事,看作粪土,为要得著基督;
并且得以在他里面,不是有自己因律法而得的义,乃是有信基督的义,就是因信神而来的义,
使我认识基督,晓得他复活的大能,并且晓得和他一同受苦,效法他的死,
或者我也得以从死里复活。

We meet a tremendous number of people in our lifetime, we sometimes feel particularly privileged to know certain individuals, such as a godly role model, a childhood hero, or someone who was there to help in our time of need….yet the greatest privilege of all is to KNOW GOD.

Knowing about God verse Knowing God

Many say: ‘I know God.” Do they?  Do you?  What does it mean to know God?

To have knowledge about God is not knowing God.

Do you have a genuine hunger in your heart to know God?

1 John 5:20 

And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding. So now we can know the one who is true, and we live in that true God. We are in his Son, Jesus Christ. He is the true God, and he is eternal life.

我们也知道,神的儿子已经来到,且将智慧赐给我们,使我们认识那位真实的,我们也在那位真实的里面,就是在他儿子耶稣基督里面。这是真神,也是永生。

Knowing God requires Spiritual Hunger
认识神需要属灵的饥渴

Knowing God demands Surrendering of Self (Romans 12:1)
认识上帝需要自我投降(罗马书12:1)

Knowing God enable us to live in His Grace
认识上帝使我们能够生活在他的恩典

Knowing God activates Godly Fear (Exodus 20:18-20, Job)
认识上帝虔诚敬畏上帝(出20:18-20)

Knowing God brings transformation
认识上帝带来的改造

Ephesians 1:16-19

I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers,
that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation, so that you may KNOW HIM.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of HIS Calling, and what the riches of the glory of HIS Inheritance in the saints,
And what is the exceeding greatness of His Power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power,

求我们主耶稣基督的神,荣耀的父,将那赐人智慧和启示的灵赏给你们,使你们真知道他,并且照明你们心中的眼睛,使你们知道他的恩召有何等指望,他在圣徒中得的基业有何等丰盛的荣耀;并知道他向我们这信的人所显的能力是何等浩大,

Knowing God is not a head knowledge

Knowing God is a heart knowledge, faith knowledge, experiential knowledge.

Psalms 46:10

你们要休息,要知道我是神!我必在外邦中被尊崇,在遍地上也被尊崇。

“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)
Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth. (God’s Word)
“Stop fighting,” he says, “and know that I am God, supreme among the nations, supreme over the world.”  (Good News)
Be at peace in the knowledge that I am God: I will be lifted up among the nations, I will be honoured through all the earth. (BBE)

Jeremiah 9:23,24  

Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the LORD.”

耶和华如此说:「智慧人不要因他的智慧夸口,勇士不要因他的勇力夸口,财主不要因他的财物夸口。 夸口的却因他有聪明,认识我是耶和华,又知道我喜悦在世上施行慈爱、公平,和公义,以此夸口。这是耶和华说的。」

“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will punish all those who are circumcised merely in the flesh—

Knowing God – a Privilege, a Pursuit, a Purpose of every believer.

认识神 – 一个特权,一种追求,每一个信徒的目的。

Daniel 11:32

They that know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.

惟独认识神的子民必刚强行事。

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