Apostle Grace Lubega
1 Corinthians 2:2 (AMP); For I resolved to know nothing (to be acquainted with nothing, to make a display of the knowledge of nothing, and to be conscious of nothing) among you except Jesus Christ (the Messiah) and Him crucified.
Cornelius was the captain of the Italian regiment, a devout man of extraordinary character who worshipped God and prayed regularly, together with all his family. (Acts 10:1-2).
Cornelius had a relationship with God yet he was not a Jew.
In Luke 7:7, the Bible speaks of a Roman Centurion who told Jesus to only send a word and his servant would be healed(Luke 7:7).
This man knew Jesus could only send a word and healing is executed immediately but he was not a Jew.
The Bible speaks of the Samaritan woman who went back and told her people how she had met the Messiah, and the Samaritans believed. (John 4:5-42).
That means the Samaritans believed in the ministry of Jesus before the Jews did.
What about the disciples themselves? One day they found a man casting out demons in the name of Jesus, and they tried to stop him because he did not follow them (Mark 9:38).
This man could cast out devils yet the disciples sometimes failed to do so.
All these examples point to how those that are seemingly far from a relationship with God actually know God more than those who look like they have a relationship with Him.
Being Born Again does not mean that you know God. Attending a church where the truth of the Word is preached does not mean that you know Jesus.
You must honestly ask yourself the question, “Do I really know Him?”
In this, we learn from Paul. He was a man who was “born out of time.”(1 Corinthians 15:8). He never saw the Christ in the flesh or walked with Him like the other disciples did.
However, he made it the purpose of his life to know nothing else but Christ crucified. This was the centre of His ministry; to know God like God knew Him.
This is what makes the demons ask, “Paul we know but who are you?”( Acts 19:15).
The principalities knew Paul because he knew Jesus and God.
Child of God, like Paul, always be determined to be consumed with one thing, JESUS!
Make Him the focal point and essence of all your knowledge; this is what sets us apart.
FURTHER STUDY: John 17:3, Philippians 3:8
Always be determined to be consumed with one thing, JESUS; make Him the focal point and essence of all your knowledge; this is what sets us apart.
PRAYER: My heavenly Father, I thank You for this great knowledge. I purpose to only know and experience the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ. I lay hold of eternal life and acknowledge that Jesus Christ is my Life, my righteousness, sufficiency, and wisdom. He makes my life beautiful and fruitful. To the glory of Your name. Amen.