Who is That Man?
“Anyone who belongs to God listens gladly to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” …”If I want glory for Myself, it doesn’t count. But it is My Father who will glorify Me. You say, ‘He is our God,’ but you don’t even know Him. I know Him. If I said otherwise, I would be as great a liar as you! But I do know Him and obey Him.--------John 8:47,54-55
Through the course of time, some people have been led to believe saying that they KNOW GOD! Is ALL it takes to have a RIGHT RELATIONSHIP with Him, but KNOWING ABOUT God and TRULY KNOWING God are two TOTALLY different lifestyles. Here in this passage of Scriptures, Jesus is talking to a group of unbelievers, who are struggling with His identity. Some listened to His words and BELIEVED in Him, but others DID NOT BELIEVE. So Jesus is clearing a few things up for these SPIRITUALLY BLIND people.
I have witnessed to some, who have, in no uncertain terms, let me know that they “KNOW” God, and because they “KNOW “God, they don’t NEED anything or anybody else. Well, KNOWING ABOUT God and NEVER TRULY KNOWING God will get you an ALL expenses paid, ONE-WAY ticket to a VERY HOT, HUMID, MISERY-LADEN, FLAME-RIDDEN, place for ALL ETERNITY, a place we call HELL.
Jesus tells these people, who refuse to BELIEVE and ACCEPT what He is telling them, that they aren’t who they think they are, because: “ANYONE who belongs to God listens to the words of God. But you don’t listen because you don’t belong to God.” Then, those unbelievers, like so many today, who PROFESS it, but DON’T POSSESS it, says that Jesus is demon-possessed.
He goes on to tell them that it is GOD who glorifies Him and NOT He, Himself. Then He really lowers the BOOM, by telling them they may CLAIM that ‘He is their God,’ but they DON’T really KNOW Him. And that HE KNOWS God, if He said otherwise, He would be as GREAT a LIAR as they are!! But He TRULY does KNOW HIM and OBEYS HIM.
Those unbelievers, like the unbelievers today, DON’T TRULY KNOW GOD, they may have HEAD-KNOWLEDGE, but a RIGHT, HEART-KNOWLEDGE escapes them, because they have NEVER come to a SAVING-KNOWLEDGE of the ONE TRUE GOD that is made POSSIBLE THROUGH THE SHED BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST.
Well, you can CHANGE your DESTINATION on that ONE-WAY ticket, by TRULY KNOWING GOD and you can TRULY KNOW GOD, by: CONFESSING your sins to Him and asking for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU and is ALIVE, in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION. Do it NOW, while you STILL can. He’s waiting!!!