Let's Experience Him

By Terry Wardle

November 18, 2012

Countless well-meaning people seem to be trying to earn right standing with God by working tirelessly for Him. Jesus spoke clearly to this when He delivered the sermon on the mount. Matthew wrote the words of Jesus in His gospel. Jesus said, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophecy in your name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me you evil doers!’” (Matthew 7:21-23) When Jesus said “I never knew you,” He was talking about experiential knowledge. A better translation of the original text would be “ I never experienced you.” He was referring to the kind of “knowing” that comes through an intimate relationship between two people. Service alone does not bring that kind of “knowledge.”

Jesus made it abundantly clear that the only way to have an intimate relationship with God was through a spiritual rebirth. All other efforts end in emptiness and frustration. Works, knowledge, rules, rituals, will never reestablish lost people with the Heavenly Father. Anyone who follows that path will find that it dead-ends at despair, depression, and death. The Spirit alone brings life, and that life begins when a person receives Christ and commits to following after Him.

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