READ: Job 25-27, Psalm 8, John 1, Revelation 9

KNOW THYSELF

Know who God is. All lies are based on a distortion of who God is. Conversely all truths are based in God, sourced in His reality, the reality of who He is. We know ourselves then by knowing God. Though what we know of God is the mere edges of His ways and we only hear a small whisper of Him (Job 26:14), it is enough to give us clarity about ourselves. By knowing who God is [grace and truth, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, the King (John 1)], we can correctly come to terms with who we are. We know who we are by first knowing who we are not.

Know who you are not. John the Baptist had a very clear understanding of who he was not. “I am not the Messiah, I am not Elijah, I am not the Prophet” (John 1:19-23). John had no illusions of grandeur nor ambition to be more than what he was–a voice bearing witness. Homespun wisdom tells us there are two essentials in identity: There is a God, and you are not Him. It seems simplistic, but much pain in life could be avoided if man would allow God to reign and withhold from meddling in God’s business.

Know who you are. Jesus knows who we are before we do. He saw Nathanael before Philip called him (John 1:48). Jesus gives us the right to become children of God (v. 12). We actually have very few rights according to Scripture, and what rights we do have are connected to sonship. “If you being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father give the Holy Spirit to those that ask Him” (Matt. 7:11)? We have the right to be called the children of God and thus we have the right to be filled with the Holy Spirit. These essentially are the only rights we need–they define who we are–and they are enough.

Know who you will become. Jesus beams upon us: “You are Simon, you shall be called Cephas” (John 1:42). Jesus sees both who we are and who He is going to make us into. We can be content in the now to be a child of God, we take comfort that “I, a child of hell, should in His image shine.” Jesus is committed to stamping His character deep upon us. We are safe because we are in His family, but safety is not to be equated with satisfaction. We must yearn, long for what we shall be. Like Him! This is the most marvelous of mysteries.

Know who the devil is. In the journey of becoming like Jesus, the devil is our premier enemy, and he is devoted to slowing the process of transformation. He can seem so powerful. He double-lies to us. He tells us we are not now children accepted by the Father, he tells us we will never be conformed into God’s image. He makes us think he is a rival to God. The truth about the devil is that he is terrified of God and is no worthy rival. If God (and any analogy is ridiculous because God is infinite) was the size of Jupiter, the devil is less than the size of a pea. This is not an equal contest, the devil is no match for God. Any power (even demonic power) has been allowed and only for a season (Rev. 9:1).

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