The following seven weeks of Wednesday’s material will come from Mark Jones’ book, “Knowing Christ.” In the introduction to “Knowing Christ”, Jones comments on all the great people of the OT and NT; of all the great people of all the civilized world, “Who are these people, even the greatest saints, compared with Jesus Christ? They are like a grain of Sand compared with Mount Everest.”(Xiii).
Jesus declared in John 17:3 that eternal life consists in knowing God and Jesus Christ. Mark Jones makes this observation: “There is little doubt that almost all Christians are content to have won Christ and thus to have received the gift of eternal life. But how many are equally concerned about knowing him? How many often `cut Jesus in half’, wishing to know that we are saved and that all is well with our destiny, but forgetting that to be truly saved means we must truly know him!”
Knowing Christ (John 17:3): “Knowing him is apprehending his person and work as revealed in scripture. This involves an understanding of who he is and a fuller knowledge of his mind and will. Our faith and obedience fix themselves on the person of Christ as we come more and more to think his thoughts after him and perform his will in subjection to him.” See Deuteronomy 6:4 c.f. Mark 12:28-30.
In one of his letters, Samuel Rutherford, a Scottish Presbyterian pastor, wrote, “Put the beauty of ten thousand worlds of paradises, like the Garden of Eden, in one. Put all trees, all flowers, all smells, all colors, all tastes, all joys, all sweetness, all loveliness in one. Oh, what a fair and excellent thing would that be! And yet it would be less to that fair and dearest well-beloved, Christ, than one drop of rain to the whole seas, rivers, lakes, and fountains of ten thousand earths.”