"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor ...saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know Me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord."  Jeremiah 31:34

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......... I.   What does it mean to "know the Lord"?

      God wants His people to have more than an intellectual understanding of the principles
      of His kingdom – more than a mere awareness of His existence. His desire for man is
      that he might enter into a very personal and intimate relationship with his God.

       A.   This is not a "head knowledge" (Jeremiah 9:23-24), but a "heart knowledge"
              (Jeremiah 31:33-34).

       B.   It is not a revelation of facts or intellectual truths, but a personal revelation of
              The Truth (Jesus Christ).

                     2 Timothy 3:7

       C.   Israel knew the works of God, but Moses knew His ways.

                     Psalms 103:7
                     Hebrews 3:10 (Psalms 95:10)

       D.    Knowing about God is not enough; we can know Him personally. God desires
              us to enter into a realm of experience higher than the initial salvation experience.

                     1 Timothy 2:4

II.    The knowledge of God is progressive.

              Hosea 6:3

       A.   Now "we know in part."

                     1 Corinthians 13:9-12

       B.   Scripture says that we increase in the knowledge of Him.

                     Ephesians 1:17
                     Colossians 1:9-10
                     2 Peter 3:18

        C.  One day the knowledge of the Lord shall fill all the earth. Then shall
              we know even as we are known.

                     Jeremiah 31:33
                     Habakkuk 2:14
                     1 Corinthians 13:12

                1.  We are betrothed to know the Lord.

                           Hosea 2:19-20

                2.  He has given us a heart to know Him.

                           Jeremiah 24:7
                          1 John 5:20

                3. "They shall all know Me."

                        Jeremiah 31:33, 34

III.   God really desires for us to get to know Him.

        A.  "Let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth
              Me ... for in these things I delight. saith the Lord." Jeremiah 9:24

        B. "For I desired mercy ... and the knowledge of God ..." Hosea 6:6

        C. "Who will have (desires) all men to be saved, and to come unto the
              knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:4

        D.  God says that it is because there is no knowledge that the people are gone
              into captivity and destroyed, and their multitude is dried up with thirst.

                        Isaiah 5:13
                        Hosea 4:1, 6; 5:4

IV.   God knows us (John 10:14, 27; Romans 8:28-29; 1 Corinthians 8:3; 13:9,
        12; Galatians 4:9). He calls us by name (Exodus 33:17; Isaiah 43:1; 45:3-4; John 10:3).

        A.   Moses and Paul both cried, "That I may know Thee ..."

                        Exodus 33:13
                        Philippians 3:7-8

        B.    "This is life eternal, that they might know Thee ..."

                        John 17:3
                        2 Corinthians 4:6-7
                        1 John 5:20

        C.    It is the purpose of our calling: "that ye may know ... Me ..."

                        Isaiah 43:10

        D.    "And hereby do we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments."

                        1 John 2:3-4

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