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Knowing God

To know God is to keep His commandments. His commandments protect us from the penalty of sin. For sin is pleasing to the eyes, a treat to the senses, but stings as a scorpion, never diminishing the pain of its venom on the heart of its victim.

The Apostle John talks about knowing God this way:

“And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. Whoever says ‘I know him’ but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:3-4)

Is it a wonder when Jesus said, “On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matthew 7:22-23) that He places high regard to knowing Him as a people who keep his commandments?

We are not workers of lawlessness. Knowing God is about doing what Jesus said, with a purity of heart and a spirit of humility. What we need is God’s heart in us. He will then change us to be more like Him, demonstrating love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The fruits of His spirit will be evident, and Christ Jesus will not have an opportunity to say that He never knew us.

To know God is to keep His commandments.


Jack Flacco is an author and the founder of Looking to God Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading the Word of God through outreach programs, literature and preaching.

22 thoughts on “Knowing God

  1. Amen-Amein Brother in Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua Jack!!

    Our ONE TRUE GOD’S LOVE 💙 is ETERNAL through HIS SON Christ-Messiah Jesus-Yeshua for today and everyday Foreveremore!!

    Love 💘 Always and forever, YSIC \o/

    Kristi Ann

  2. “To know God is to keep His commandments“. So true. Obedience comes with knowledge. Never thought of it that way before. Thank you.

    1. Romans 8 and 9 are probably the most incredible chapters in the bible that explain God’s character and his plan for the elect. God truly is wonderful!

  3. Pastor Jack,

    Thank you.

    It seems to me though that there is a chiasm between knowing who Jesus is (God) and what Jesus desires (belief in One true God; in His One true Faith (Eph. 4:4-5) as anything else is impossible; and in and through His One True “MY Church” (singular Mt. 16:18.)
    “Half a loaf is better than none”…… BUT “the entire ‘loaf’ is attainable for seekers in grace and with humility.
    Thank you for your Ministry,

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