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The Knowledge of Intimacy

Knowledge and Intimacy

“Then shall we know,
if we follow on to know the Lord…”
Hosea 6:3

There is a knowledge communicated to His own which can only be obtained in the following after Him. There is contained within this following an experiential knowledge of His person through the medium of personal identification.

“Then Jesus turned, and saw them following, and saith unto them, What seek ye? They said unto him, Rabbi, (which is to say, being interpreted, Master,) where dwellest thou? He saith unto them, Come and see. They came and saw where he dwelt
John 1:38-39

When the 2 young men asked Jesus where He dwelt, He replied “come and see…” “Come and see” communicates that our drawing near to Him is what enables us to see. Nearness to Him is the prerequisite to seeing.

“Come and See”

May we hear the holy invitation to come and may our lives burn with that same message to every life we encounter. The depth of His pull and His press in us will be the corresponding measure of our ministry unto others.

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:29

Within the invitation to come to Him there will be found, in our response to His call, a deeper opportunity to take His yoke and walk in the place of discipleship and identification. Many enjoy the comfort of the invitation of Christ but few choose the reality and the cost of His yoke.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Matthew 11:30

Jesus makes a very clear distinction in the connection between His yoke and our learning of Him. Many read His gracious words but the true learning, the true seeing of Him and the powerful benefit to be gained in our walk is only discovered in the experiential yoke of intimacy.

They who know of this yoke become true friends with one another. There is a press and a continual ministry of exhortation between those who feel the power of His Call!

“He is your friend
who pushes you nearer to God
Abraham Kuyper

May we be true friends to one another.

Brian Troxel

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