This is coaching session two. There'll be more than one session on 'How to Know God,' and 'How to Know Yourself' as we go along, because this goes deep. But we're just going to get started here to get you thinking. As you will come to see, knowing the gospel is knowing God's will. How to know the will of God is not a religious hunt, but a gospel revelation given to us.
HOW TO KNOW GOD: THE GOSPEL REVEALS GOD
The first session was on making the gospel central in your life. If you do this then the gospel becomes an amazing revelation about God. Paul says that he declared 'the testimony of God' (I Cor 2:1). He also says that declaring the gospel was his lifelong ministry (Acts 20:24). These two things go together like a hand in a glove.
The gospel reveals who God is in us, and all the things he has done for us, and given to us due to the cross of his Son Jesus. It's an amazing revelation that nothing else can give you.
HOW TO KNOW YOURSELF: THE GOSPEL REVEALS US
In addition to telling us how to know God, the gospel also tells us how to know yourself. There are many scriptures about this we could go into, but we don't have time in one short coaching session. But we will eventually cover all of them as we go along.
One of my favorite statements is: "As Jesus is, so are we in this world" (I John 4:17). Now just wrap your mind around this one statement of gospel truth for a moment. It's enough to blow your mind!
1st, We know who Jesus is. He is God, or as some would prefer to say, he is part of the godhead. He is part of what we call the trinity. We know that all life, and all judgment has been given to him by the Father. We know he is the one responsible for the forgiveness of our sin, and for imparting to us his very own divine righteousness.
But then to think that, "AS Jesus is, so am I in this world" is something we can't intellectually understand. This is why we are called 'believers' and not 'understanders.' Jesus says that our job is to believe him (John 6:29). He tells us more than once that we can't always reason, understand, or comprehend spiritual things.
Spiritual things must be revealed to us by God himself.
WHEN WE BELIEVE GOD, HE REVEALS GOSPEL TRUTH
We are told, "Unto you who hear will more be given" (Mark 4:24). We are told, "For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have more abundance; but whoever does not have, from him shall be taken away even what he has" (Matt 13:12).
Our job is to believe God, even when we struggle with understanding something. All Christians believe IN God, but so few truly believe God. I mentioned this in session one: we like to invent our own beliefs because they're easier for us to understand. But this is not God's way.
How to know God -- begins with believing God. It begins with believing anything God says, even if we think we may never totally understand it in this lifetime. This is what it means to be a true believer. Don't be guilty, like so many Christians are, of substituting your beliefs -- and what you think -- for what God says.
KNOWING GOD CAUSES YOU TO KNOW YOURSELF
When you truly come to know God, and know what he says about you in the gospel of Christ, then you truly see who you are in God. This is a revelation that can only come in the gospel. Any type of religious life lived outside of the gospel blinds us to this reality because we are always trying to achieve what God has freely given -- which in God's mind is unbelief.
"As Jesus is, so am I in this world" can only be seen in the gospel.
We will spend considerable time talking about this in different ways in upcoming sessions. But coming out of the shoot, we must see that "how to know God" can only be realized through gospel revelation. If you mix the gospel with law, or any other way of thinking it will deduct, if not totally eliminate a personal experience of God in daily life.
When you do experience God in daily life, and know your oneness in him, then "how to know yourself" also becomes gospel revelation as you see yourself the way God sees you -- which is in his Son, and thus totally righteous and perfect, even when you sin. As we saw last time, Jesus became sin for us. He handled the sin problem so sin does not affect our relationship with our loving heavenly Father -- at least from his perspective. We'll talk about our perspective later.
The gospel is the revelation of God, and a revelation of everything good we have been given in this life by God. I Corinthians 2:12 even says that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is to show us all the good things that have been given to us by God. Living in the gospel is living in God's will, and it will reveal all the things freely given to us by God.
This begins with the revelation you will begin living in daily: "As Jesus is, so are you in this world."