THAT YE MAY KNOW
BY: RAY PRINZING
“These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have age-abiding life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (I John 5:13)
Although the Spirit graciously reveals the truth to us line upon line, precept upon precept, as yet we can but retain in our consciousness only brief and transitory glimpses – we see, we mount up into high realms of glory, and then just as suddenly the veil is again covering the whole, while we undergo more of the processing which shall prepare us for the complete fulfillment of reality. Thus, we are made to realize again and again the tremendous need for knowledge, that we might know, truly know our God.
Daniel 11:32 declares, “The people that do know their God shall be strong.” Herein shall lay our strength for today, in our knowledge of HIM, His purpose, His perfect control of all situations, so that we fear not the circumstance, but recognize that He is Lord over the circumstance.
To be sure, there are depths that we cannot plunge into all at once, but we are confident that the holy Spirit shall quicken that which is needed, for “When He, the Spirit of truth, is come, He will guide you into all truth.” (John 16:13) It is a sovereign work of His grace to bring us into that knowledge whereby we know that we have that life which shall abide all ages, and that we might believe into the name of the Son of God. With the stability of the knowledge, which the Spirit imparts, we have a basis for faith to continue in its progression, that we might believe into the Name of the Son of God. Not just believing “on” the Name, or believing that there is a Name, but believing INTO the Name, until we are fully merged into oneness with that Name, yes, until we become the manifestation of that Name.
Furthermore, believing is an action that leads into a KNOWING, a state of being where we know that we know, and are steadfast, able to say, “I know in whom I have believed.” (II Tim. 1:12) For “This is life age-abiding, that they might know Thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom Thou hast sent.” (John 17:3)