What Saith the Scripture?
That Men May Know He Is God
"That men may know that Thou, Whose Name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the Earth"
by Katie Stewart
Only as God's children know Him, can they love Him and be like Him. "Know therefore that the LORD thy God, He is God, the Faithful God, which keepeth Covenant and Mercy with them that love Him and keep His Commandments" (Deuteronomy 7:9). The more intimately that God is known, the more love and likeness there will be of Him. "And to know the Love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the Fulness of God" (Ephesians 3:19). For there is no greater honour, no deeper joy, no more rewarding relationship to be entered into, than that of knowing God. "And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the LORD, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel" (Isaiah 45:3). To know Almighty God, is-- forever and ever-- our very highest privilege and greatest wealth. "For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and Him crucified" (1Corinthians 2:2). "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain" (Philippians 1:21). [Please read, "Why Call Him Jehovah Jesus?" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Jehovah/Why.Call.Him.Jehovah.Jesus.html --, to know that Jesus is God.]
Faith and Confidence in Knowing God
As completely foundational to Christianity as Jesus is, "for other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ" (1Corinthians 3:11), those who follow Him do so completely without reservation. "But without Faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). Rest in Him is solid, because God's children know that they are no closer to being overwhelmed physically today, than they will be tomorrow, "for we WALK by Faith, not by sight" (2Corinthians 5:7). "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death" (Philippians 1:20). The following passage shows how the attributes of having Faith in God operate in us.
"24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. 26 And when the disciples saw Him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. 28 And Peter answered Him and said, LORD, if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee on the water. 29 And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, LORD, save me. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little Faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased" (Matthew 14:24-32).
Peter had the Known Will of God, that is, "Come." Why did his doubt cause him to sink, i.e., to fail, to fall? Faith in God is founded on trust, or belief, that what God has said, He will do, for His Word "shall not return unto [Him] void" (Isaiah 55:11). "For thus saith the LORD GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not" (Isaiah 30:15). "Rest", "quietness" (mental rest), and "confidence", are three attributes of Faith. They are actions of our will. Without them, we cannot have Faith. And, at whatever time we allow our sight and emotions to take them from us, we lose our Faith. "There is NO fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love" (1John 4:18). At the very moment of temptation, we should not entertain fear, but cast it out-- and trust God. "What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee" (Psalm 56:3). To know God is to trust Him. "For I know Whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is Able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day" (2Timothy 1:12). The LORD speaks to each one of us. "God shall supply ALL your need according to His Riches in Glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). We are "on the water" everyday, with our needs storming round us, but we must not lose our "rest... quietness... confidence". They are the attributes, the fruit, of a Christian's Faith in God. "He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the LORD" (Psalm 112:7). The Master has said, "COME." [Please read, "Thou Maintainest My Lot" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/Thou.Maintainest.My.Lot.html --, to know that Jesus is Trustworthy.]
The Secret Name
Samson's father, Manoah, not knowing to Whom he spoke, asked a Visitor, "17 What is Thy name, that when Thy sayings come to pass we may do Thee honour? 18 And the Angel of the LORD said unto him, Why askest thou thus after My Name, seeing it is Secret?" (Judges 13:17-18). But Manoah and his wife did learn the secret of their Visitor's identity, for Scripture tells us that they saw God as an Angel.
"20 For it came to pass, when the flame went up toward Heaven from off the altar, that the Angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. And Manoah and his wife looked on it, and fell on their faces to the ground. 21 But the Angel of the LORD did no more appear to Manoah and to his wife. Then Manoah knew that He was an Angel of the LORD. 22 And Manoah said unto his wife, We shall surely die, because we have seen God. 23 But his wife said unto him, If the LORD were pleased to kill us, He would not have received a burnt offering and a meat offering at our hands, neither would He have showed us all these things, nor would as at this time have told us such things as these" (13:20-23).
Though His Name was Secret, at first, yet, to His people did He reveal Himself, for "His Secret is with the Righteous" (Proverbs 3:32), that we may give Him "honour". Royalty has nothing over us when it comes to the "honour" of knowing God. "It is the Glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter" (Proverbs 25:2). You could say, that, collectively, our own secret name is, "Them That Know God." "The people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits" (Daniel 11:32). "Blessed be the Name of the LORD from this time forth and for evermore" (Psalm 113:2). [Please read, "The Word of God" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/WORD.GOD.html --, to know that Jesus' Name is "The Word of God".]
Like Father, Like Son
If the apple really doesn't fall far from the tree, then "if ye know that He [the Father] is Righteous, ye know that every one that doeth Righteousness is born of Him" (1John 2:29). Ties are strong when Love is the bond. "God is Love... As He is, so are we in this world" (4:16-17). Sons either love their fathers, or they hate them-- there is no in-between. "I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you" (Matthew 5:44).
In this little analogy, the earthly father is symbolic of the Heavenly Father, i.e., worthy of love. And, when fathers are worthy of love, sons should love their fathers, be close to them, knowing their characters and wanting to be like them. "Teach me, O LORD, The Way of Thy Statutes; and I shall keep it unto the end" (Psalm 119:33). When sons hate their worthy fathers, they become total strangers. Nothing about the son resembles the father. "They PROFESS that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every Good Work reprobate" (Titus 1:16). They become worlds apart. "Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the Love of the Father is not in him" (1John 2:15). It's as if they never knew each other. "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from Me, ye that work iniquity" (Matthew 7:23).
In God's spiritual family, His sons are mirrors of Him, in morality, in purpose, and intent. "And every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is Pure" (1John 3:3). We prove our sonship, to God and to ourselves, every moment we abide Pure. "5 In Him is no sin. 6 Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him" (3:5-6). The Heavenly Father speaks to us with Paternal Concern. "Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth Righteousness is Righteous, even as He is Righteous" (3:7). Let us respond as children-- not as strangers. "1 Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not. 2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is" (1John 3:1-2). [Please read, "An Urgent Call to Christian Perfection" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/Exposition.Perfection.html --, to know that Jesus requires us to be like Him, as He is like the Father.]
We Watch Each Other
The eyes of Faith can see God. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God" (Romans 10:17). Delayed answers to prayers, or long seasons of testing can weary the heart and weaken the soul. "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life" (Proverbs 13:12). If the trial wasn't difficult, it wouldn't be a trial. But the eyes of Faith keep "looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith; Who for the Joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the Throne of God" (Hebrews 12:2). With our gaze fixed upon Him, we KNOW that He is gazing back upon us, "for the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole Earth, to show Himself Strong in the behalf of them whose heart is Perfect toward Him" (2Chronicles 16:9). Our needs, and even our desires, are under His Constant Attention. "For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers" (1Peter 3:12). "The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry" (Psalm 34:15). "19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of Thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which Thy servant prayeth before Thee: 20 that Thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof Thou hast said that Thou wouldest put Thy Name" (2Chronicles 6:19-20). If we know the Just Character of the God we love, and we have obeyed Him, then we can rest in Peace and Safety that He will see our need and deliver us. "Great in Counsel, and mighty in Work: for Thine eyes are open upon all the ways of the sons of men: to give every one according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings" (Jeremiah 32:19). Plead His Word in behalf of your righteous cause. "I beseech thee, O LORD, remember now how I have walked before Thee IN TRUTH and with a perfect heart, and have done that which is Good in Thy sight" (2Kings 20:3). And then KNOW in your heart that His Word is Absolutely True, that, "whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His Commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight" (1John 3:22). The man that watches the LORD will be seen of the LORD. "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright: for the end of that man is Peace" (Psalm 37:37). [Please read, "Seek the LORD" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/Seek.the.LORD.html --, and "Faith Is Looking to Jesus" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Jehovah/Faith.Is.Looking.to.Jesus.html --, as we put our eyes and hearts upon Him.]
God Manifested to Us
It's a privilege to be chosen by God as one to whom He wishes to reveal Himself. "Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath showed it unto them" (Romans 1:19). This Precious Understanding of the Most High Being of All comes with a Price. "For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake" (Philippians 1:29). For the Christian, what looks like failure to others, i.e., lack of prosperity, poor health, etc., is actually God's opportunity to reveal Himself to His children in ways they wouldn't have understood otherwise. "Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the Works of God should be made manifest in him" (John 9:3). If we hadn't had the difficulty, we couldn't have had the happiness of knowing God's Love and Care for us. "But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye: and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled" (1Peter 3:14). While in the distress, we must build our case of Scriptural grounds upon which God has promised to act. "Remember the Word unto Thy servant, upon which Thou hast caused me to hope" (Psalm 119:49). We must draw upon His past acts of Faithfulness to us. "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His Benefits" (Psalm 103:2). We must be still in our trustful wait. "Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10). But when the answer comes, it boosts our joy and confidence to new heights, and it is truly Life Giving. "Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a Tree of Life" (Proverbs 13:12). God is revealed to us, and in us. "But he that doeth Truth cometh to the Light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God" (John 3:21). "12 Now if any man build upon this Foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is" (1Corinthians 3:12-13). And it is after this answer comes that our mouths are filled with a new song. "O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvellous things: His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the Victory" (Psalm 98:1). Our hearts are enlarged with an eternal praise of the One Who Cared. "1 Maschil of David; A Prayer when he was in the cave. I cried unto the LORD with my voice; with my voice unto the LORD did I make my supplication. 2 I poured out my complaint before Him; I showed before Him my trouble. 3 When my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then Thou knewest my path... 4 I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5 I cried unto Thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my Refuge and my Portion in the land of the living. 6 Attend unto my cry; for I am brought very low: deliver me from my persecutors; for they are stronger than I" (Psalm 142:1-6). The LORD proves to us that He cares about our prosperity, our health, and even about our end result, "Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our LORD Jesus Christ" (1Corinthians 1:8). And when that "end" comes, which is actually a beginning, then the LORD, "Who both will bring to Light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts" (1Corinthians 4:5), then will God be manifested to all, "and then shall every man have praise of God" (4:5). And we will ride with Him in that day, and testify that, "That which was from The Beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of Life" (1John 1:1) was Absolutely True! "When He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day" (2Thessalonians 1:10). To this end, we pray, "Come, LORD Jesus" (Revelation 22:20). [Please read, "The Truth" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/The.Truth.html --, to hear again that Jesus can be known.]
To Know That We Know Him
The only way we can keep from deceiving ourselves that we really do know God, and love Him, is to continually watch and ask ourselves, "Do I obey all I know to obey?" "To him that knoweth to do Good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin" (James 4:17). The LORD warns us that our hearts are "deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" (Jeremiah 17:9). He then immediately answers that question with, "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings" (17:10). The LORD examines us and conveys His findings to us by His "Spirit of Truth" (John 15:26). "The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, Whom the Father will send in My Name, He shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you" (John 14:26). And when The Comforter can't comfort, it is because of sin, because unrepentant sin breaks the covenant and seal we have with God and grieves away, (i.e., quenches, or, in the Greek, literally "extinguishes," the Holy Spirit. "Quench not the Spirit" [1Thessalonians 5:19].) That's why the LORD specifically commands us (an imperative,) not to do so. "Grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of Redemption" (Ephesians 4:30). When we take the Holy Spirit of God for granted we forget that He is Holy, and He is given only to those who walk holy. "The Holy Ghost, Whom God hath given to them that obey Him" (Acts 5:32). He will not tolerate, abide, or dwell, with sin. "Even the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him" (John 14:17). "Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. IF that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father" (1John 2:24). We are to walk "9 NOT in the flesh, but in the Spirit, IF so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of His... 14 For as many as are LED by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God" (Romans 8:9,14). Lovingly obeying the LORD equates to dwelling in Him, abiding in Him. "He that keepeth His Commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us" (1John 3:24). If the Spirit of God is "given to them that obey Him" (Acts 5:32), then the Spirit "beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Romans 8:16). His Spirit causes us to KNOW. "13 Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us, because He hath given us of His Spirit... 17 ye know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you" (1John 4:13, 17). His Spirit causes us to have assurance that we KNOW. "3 And HEREBY we do know that we know Him, IF we keep His Commandments... 5 But whoso keepeth His Word, in him verily is the Love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in Him. 6 He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked" (1John 2:3,5-6). "23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love Me, he will keep My Words: and My Father will Love him, and We will come unto him, and make Our Abode with him. 24 He that loveth Me NOT keepeth NOT My Sayings: and the Word which ye hear is not Mine, but the Father's which sent Me" (John 14:23-24). Loving obedience to Jesus is the visual fruit of an invisible relationship. "Though ye believe not Me, believe the Works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in Me, and I in Him" (John 10:38).
"17 Faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone... 18 I will show thee my faith by my works... 24 by works a man is justified, and not by faith only... 26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also" (James 2:17-18,24,26).
"And hereby we do know that we know Him, IF we keep His Commandments" (1John 2:3). I know that, when I love Him, my obedience to Him is not a hard thing. "For this is the Love of God, that we keep His Commandments: and His Commandments are not grievous [or, burdensome]" (1John 5:3). In fact, obedience not lovingly done for Him, is not true obedience at all. "If ye LOVE Me, keep My Commandments" (John 14:15).
"This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men" (Titus 3:8). [Please read, "That Ye May Know That Ye Have Eternal Life" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/That.Ye.May.Know.That.Ye.html --, to know that only those who abide in Christ may know that they have Eternal Life.]
Alone with God
The LORD is with you, while ye be with Him; and if ye seek Him, He will be found of you" (2Chronicles 15:2). My private time with the LORD is shared with no one else in all the world-- just He and I, alone in my "closet". "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in Secret; and thy Father which seeth in Secret shall reward thee openly" (Matthew 6:6). What reward? The reward of His Presence, the reward of His Person. To be alone with God is why I "shut [my] door". I shut out surrounding influences, as endearing to my heart as they may be, and shut myself in with God Alone. "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you" (James 4:8). "Turn ye unto Me, saith the LORD Of Hosts, and I will turn unto you" (Zechariah 1:3). The LORD comes to me, and I come to Him-- One on one, One in one, Face to face. Jesus said, "That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us" (John 17:21). And I endeavor to keep those diary-like conversations directed only to the One Who is there with me in my "closet". And, amazingly, I know that God hears me! "For the eyes of the LORD are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers" (1Peter 3:12). Amazingly, He wants to hear me! "And the LORD said unto [me], I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before Me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built [my closet], to put My Name there for ever; and Mine eyes and Mine heart shall be there perpetually" (1Kings 9:3). Amazingly, God Almighty, Who actually bids me to call Him "Abba" (Romans 8:15), that is to say, "Daddy," condescends His Majestic Self even to answer me! Me-- "a worm" (Psalm 22:6) and the "chief" (1Timothy 1:15) of all sinners! "Behold, what manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon [me], that [I] should be called a [daughter] of God: therefore the world knoweth [me] not, because it knew Him not" (1John 3:1). The world doesn't know me-- but He does! And He Loves me! I must tell Him how much I appreciate that! "Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name" (Psalm 103:1). I must tell Him just how much I love Him! "Love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might" (Deuteronomy 6:5). But how can I put into mere words the things I have to tell Him? "The Spirit [Himself] maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered" (Romans 8:26). On my part, the Spirit's uttering is not a unconscious thing. Quite the opposite. When I have a deep longing, a yearning which is felt but unable to put into words, that's when, by faith, I count on the Spirit to translate my expressions of love or concern-- to say it for me. "Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:18). I want to be in my "closet", and to "worship at His Footstool" (Psalm 132:7), roaming on His "Footstool", worshipping and adoring Him. "Exalt ye the LORD our God, and worship at His Footstool; for He is Holy" (99:5). I want to be alone with God! "That I may know Him, and the Power of His Resurrection, and the Fellowship of His Sufferings" (Philippians 3:10).
Thoughts on His Appearing
"His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the Rain, as the latter and former Rain unto the Earth" (Hosea 6:3). I know that Jesus Christ is Coming for me. "Behold, the LORD cometh with ten thousands of His Saints" (Jude 1:14). I know that "His Reward is with Him" (Isaiah 40:10). "For the Son of Man shall come in the Glory of His Father with His angels; and then He shall Reward every man according to his works" (Matthew 16:27). "When the Chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a Crown of Glory that fadeth not away" (1Peter 5:4). "Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the LORD, the Righteous Judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His Appearing" (2Timothy 4:8). And when He comes, "they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest" (Hebrews 8:11). His Coming shall bring Life to those who Love Him. "6 He shall come down like Rain upon the mown grass: as Showers that water the Earth. 7 In His days shall the Righteous flourish; and abundance of Peace so long as the moon endureth. 8 He shall have Dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the Earth" (Psalm 72:6-8). To belong to the LORD-- to be His, and His alone-- what a privilege and pure pleasure to be His family, His treasure. "They shall be Mine, saith the LORD of Hosts, in that day when I make up My jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him" (Malachi 3:17). What Unspeakable Joy is He, "8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable and full of Glory: 9 receiving the end of your Faith, even the Salvation of your souls" (1Peter 1:8-9). And to know that He will be ours forever, "Oh how great is Thy Goodness, which Thou hast laid up for them that fear Thee; which Thou hast wrought for them that trust in Thee before the sons of men!... But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him" (Psalm 31:19; 1Corinthians 2:9)! It is our highest honour "to wait for His Son from Heaven, Whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come" (1Thessalonians 1:10). "13 Looking for that Blessed Hope, and the Glorious Appearing of the Great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from ALL iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works" (Titus 2:13-14).
"11 And I saw Heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in Righteousness He doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns; and He had a Name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. 13 And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in Blood: and His Name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in Heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of His mouth goeth a Sharp Sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a Rod of Iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He hath on His vesture and on His thigh a Name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS... 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, LORD Jesus" (Revelation 19:11-16; 22:20). [Please read, "Behold, I Come Quickly" -- http://WhatSaithTheScripture.com/Fellowship/Edit_Behold.I.Come.Quickly.html --, to know that Jesus is truly coming-- very soon.]
Why has this article been written? "That men may know that Thou, Whose Name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the Earth" (Psalm 83:18). This is an evidence of His Truth. "10 Ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, and My servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He: before Me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after Me... 12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have showed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are My witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God" (Isaiah 43:10,12). There is only One God. "That all the kingdoms of the Earth may know that Thou art the LORD, even Thou only" (Isaiah 37:20). If God does not know of any other god than Himself, then there just are not any. "Have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even My witnesses. Is there a God beside Me? yea, there is no God; I know not any" (Isaiah 44:8). Therefore, God is completely Justified when He commands us that, "There shall no strange god be in thee; neither shalt thou worship any strange god" (Psalm 81:9).
To know the LORD, and to be able to tell others of Him, is our joy and pleasure. "Behold, God is my Salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation" (Isaiah 12:2). Nothing means more to us-- now or ever after. "I count ALL things but loss for the excellency of the Knowledge of Christ Jesus my LORD: for Whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Philippians 3:8). This world, with all of its enticements, has no power, at all, over us. "I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the Faith of the Son of God, Who loved me, and gave Himself for me" (Galatians 2:20). We know the LORD, and we know Him as our Victory! "Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is Everlasting Strength" (Isaiah 26:4).
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