“That I may know Him [that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him…” – Philippians 3:10 (AMP)
Every time I study Philippians 3:10, it hits me and today I am sharing one of those insights. That I may know him? I have always wondered what more Paul wanted to know about God when I was just dying here to have his experience. I mean, check out his first hand conversion experience on the way to Damascus, or the 3 years he spent in the desert of Arabia, where he was taught by God himself. (Gal. 1-2). Or shall we just consider how much he may have seen and experienced considering his out of body experience to the third heavens in 2 Cor 12? And after all this, he still desired to know God?
So my questions started. What exactly did Paul mean? That I may know His character? Know his name? Know His power? What comes to me today is the thought from the Amplified Version, that I may progressively become more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. Progressively means that it is a continuous increase in the depth of knowledge of God, intimately means that its beyond a surface knowledge, think about intimacy in every sense of the word. It’s a very deep understanding, a genuine ‘knowledge’ that is shared by no one else but you. Intimately acquainted with Him also speaks of relationship depth. Paul wasn’t speaking about an intimate knowledge of God’s nature, that is a corollary and could be theoretical, what He spoke about was a relational knowledge of God. When we know people intimately, we know their nature, we understand their actions, can complete their sentences, yes, we really ‘know’ them.
When we study the book of Revelation, we read about the angels, the seraphim and cherubim that stand around the throne of God and are before God’s face. (Rev. 4:8). The scripture tells us that every time they see God’s face, they say, “Holy.” They go back around and see the face of God again and each time they see something new, and they say, “Holy.” Then they fly around again and see something else they have not seen before, and they say, “Holy is the Lord!”
Think about it, wait a minute, they’ve been around that throne for millions of years, but every time they see the very face of God, they see something deeper in Him! They see something more intimate in God. They see something that makes them say once again, “Holy is the Lord!”. I dare us all to stick around the throne and see if we are not inundated with the many faces of God. Just sit down with the Scriptures and see if you are not amazed by the many sided wisdom and beauty of God.
What do we do around here? Seems like some of us get around the throne of God just once, when we get saved. And it seems like even that revelation of God as a savior begins to slip after a while because we haven’t gotten a newer view of the throne, we begin to doubt that we really met Jesus or experienced him. We have failed to see the many faces of God because unlike the angels that keep seeing God and unveiling Him, we just lose it. We have not understood that there’s a deeper understanding, even of El Shaddai, than just that He is the God of more than enough.
It is time to be inspired by the angels to seek for an intimate experience with God and a deeper revelation of Him. God is everything you need Him to be. And the way to discover that for yourself is to spend time with Him — in His word and in prayer. Spend time meditating in the Word of God and He will show you more of Himself. Then every time you get before God you will say, “Holy.” Then you will go before Him in prayer and you will say, “Holy.” You will be driving in your car and you will say, “Holy.” You will get to know God more deeply and intimately in the wonders of His person.
Let us seek the many faces of God’s person, and a progressively and more deeper intimate acquaintance with Him …I am sure that like the angels, we too will say ‘Holy’
God bless you.