Scripture: I John 3:1-24
These verses in I John 3 call us to an epignōsis.
ἐπίγνωσις epígnōsis, ep-ig‘-no-sis; from G1921; recognition, i.e. (by implication) full discernment, acknowledgement:—(ac-)knowledge(-ing, – ment).
We are called to a deep, abiding understanding of the following:
- Who is God?
- Who is Jesus?
- Who is the Holy Spirit?
Can God be evil? Can God be unjust? Can God be other than God?
The prevailing idea in society today is that “God means different thing to different people”, and, yes, God can be interpreted differently. The truth is, however, that His fullness is far beyond our complete comprehension, yet there are truths about God.
We can often only see aspects of God, experience a small part of Him, but it doesn’t change all that he is. A blind man many touch the trunk of an elephant and declare it to look like a snake but that doesn’t change the fact that it is indeed an elephant.
I John 3 gives us a litmus test, a way to know truths about God. Just because we think something or believe it, it doesn’t necessarily make it true. We need to make sure that know truth. Jesus proclaimed, unapologetically, “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”
God has called us His children and lavished His love upon us. –> We may not see God, just as we might not see the wind, but we can see the effect of God, of His presence, His working.
Jesus Christ willingly and blamelessly sacrificed His life in order to save humanity. He placed His life into the hands of and laid down His life for His fellow man. –> Jesus set the example by what He did as well as what he believed and said. He put faith and belief into practice.
The Holy Spirit is that part of God that remains with us, remains close to us at all times. The Spirit is the remainder and presence of God and Jesus on this plane of existence. –> We can know this because of the Spirit’s working in us, in refining and growing, convicting and speaking to us. People may not believe what we say or what we think, but they will always believe what we do, and the Spirit guides our actions.
Look around at the life you live in, look for the evidence of truth. Truth of belief in action, truth of faith in practice.