“That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus” – Philemon 1:6
LIGHT FOR NOW: Knowing Jesus is equivalent to knowing yourself.
From the above text, it can be safe to say that the believer’s realities can be fully comprehended, known or acknowledged in Christ and not outside Christ. Outside Christ, the believer cannot know himself. The believer who is insufficient of the revelation of Christ is insufficient of the revelation of himself. If you are less of the revelation of Christ, you are less of the revelation of yourself as a believer.
Thus, in clear terms, we can say that knowing Jesus is equivalent to knowing yourself. In essence, when the revelation or your revelation of Jesus is short in supply, then the revelation of yourself is short in supply. So, we can safely say “I know Jesus” will imply “I know myself”; “I don’t know Jesus” will also imply “I don’t know myself”. However, knowing Jesus is not just saying “I know Jesus”, knowing Him will be knowing the written word. If you don’t know the written word, then you don’t know Jesus. This is because the focus of the written word is Jesus.
Observe Jesus’ words in John 5:39 which reads “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me”. The written word beginning from the Old Testament (the scriptures; Genesis to Malachi) to the New Testament (the scriptures revealed; Matthew to Revelation) is a testimony of Christ. That is, the message of the bible is Christ; Jesus is the central theme; Jesus is the main character or Jesus is the fulcrum of the message of the bible. The Bible thus, will be a Christological material with a message that is Christological.
Thus, can we say that the study of the bible will be the study of Christ? Of course, yes. Can we also say that it is through the study of Christ that we come to know the believer? Hence, the study of Christ will be the study of the believer. Now, where will this study be investigated in? In the bible. So can we say, if the believer is ignorant of the word, he is ignorant of Christ and ignorant of himself? Yes. So, what then will be the bedrock of identity crisis? Lack of the word; failure to know the written word. So, can we say that in the revelation of the believer’s identity, the study of God’s word or the learning of God’s word is what is the most fundamental? Yes, why? Because it is in the understanding of the bible, a Christ-centered material that Christ is revealed and the believer unveiled in Him.
INSTRUCTION: Never ignore the study of the word.
PRAYER: Father, thank you for the zeal and passionate desire of knowing your word which is burning in me. Thank you for the revelation of your word and the unveiling of my personality in the revelation of your word. I declare today that I walk in the fullness of my personality, in Jesus name, Amen.
QUOTE: The word understood is Christ revealed and in Christ revealed is the believer unveiled.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 2; EVENING: EPHESIANS CHAPTER 3