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Proof of Knowledge

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Jesus said to His disciples: Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name, and in Your Name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from Me, you evildoers!’”[1] Jesus also said to the crowd: “Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. Once the Owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’ But He will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’ Then you will say, ‘We ate and drank with You, and You taught in our streets.’ But He will reply, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from. Away from Me, all you evildoers!’[2]

So if you believe the words of Jesus, you would accept that ‘proof of knowledge’ does not come by prophesying in His Name, driving out demons, performing many miracles, eating and drinking with Him and being there when He teaches in our streets. That is, signs, wonders and miracles, partaking in communion and being in the presence of His teachings will not provide ‘proof of knowledge’. Because ‘proof of knowledge’ is not about you knowing Christ, it is Him knowing you and declaring, “I have always known you and I know where you come from!”

The goals here are entry into the Kingdom of Heaven and entry through the narrow door. In Matthew 7.21, Jesus spoke of entry into the Kingdom of Heaven. Only he who does the will of His Father who is in Heaven will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. In John 3.5, Jesus spoke of entry into the Kingdom of God. The truth is no one can enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit.

The yoke is lighter and the burden is easier on believers in Luke 13.24. Jesus speaks of effort only- “make every effort to enter through the narrow door”- there is no condition or requirement except to do your best/try your hardest. The narrow door corresponds with the words of Jesus, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”[3] It then leads us to John 10.7 when Jesus said to the Pharisees, “I tell you the truth, I am the Gate for the sheep… I am the Gate; whoever enters through Me will be saved (footnote: kept safe).” But after seeking understanding from these words of Jesus, I was no closer to understanding what ‘proof of knowledge’ actually entails, as in what does it take for Jesus to know us? It appears that you can do all the things that seem good in your eyes and powerful in the eyes of the world, or think that you are making every effort to enter through the narrow gate- but then still have to hear these cutting words of Jesus at the end of the day, “away from Me you evildoer.” I also considered John 6.40 where Jesus said, “For My Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” So that brought me to John 17.3 where Jesus said, “Now this is eternal life: that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom You sent.” But I became more lost in my quest to understand what is ‘proof of knowledge’.

I was no closer until I found the key and the common link in Jesus words. It is “evildoer”- “evil” and “doer”. For it is not evil to do these things: prophesy in His Name, drive out demons, perform many miracles, eat and drink with Him and to be there when He teaches in our streets. These are all things that Jesus did, and more, and our Jesus is no evildoer. The evil is in doing these things when we have in mind the things of men and not the things of God. This is the definition of evil doing. This is why God said that every inclination of our hearts is evil from childhood. Right from childhood, we have always had in mind the things of ourselves and not the things of God. This is our human nature. This is what sets us apart from God- because we are not God.

Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit are God and They are One. They would naturally have in mind the things of Themselves. So are they being selfish, like us? ONLY IF God is not good, but God is good- so He cannot be selfish. Since God is good, the things He has in mind are good.

We are men- isn’t it only natural for us to have in mind the things of men? Why then should we be condemned for being who we are? To me, we wouldn’t be condemned for that if the things we have in mind are also good. And really, it’s not so much a condemnation as God’s desire and dream to make us perfect and fit for Him to include us in His eternity. In Their image and likeness They made us, but it is that we had forsaken and forgotten it because we set up our own version of eternities in our hearts and an empire of rotten dreams in our minds. And by the time we got to Jeremiah 7.24, it wasn’t only that every inclination of our hearts was evil, but that the Lord commented on every STUBBORN inclination of our hearts. So our hearts are stubborn and evil. And because our heart dictates our temporal desires and our minds gives rise to visions and dreams of our vain imaginations, our actions flow from our heart’s selfish desires and our mind’s vain visions and dreams. We began to do all the things that look good but are destined for destruction because the source of those deeds was not righteous, or right in God’s eyes, and that which is tainted with sin cannot and should not be taken into God’s eternity.

Therefore we must make every effort to come through the narrow door to know the things that God has in mind and do things from His point of view. It is in this process that we cry out for understanding, listen to Jesus and the Holy Spirit and practise unceasing repentance because the Holy Spirit will keep convicting us in regard to sin and righteousness and exposing our guilt, which is all areas of hardness in our hearts that we are not aware of and have not repented of.

So going back to Wednesday’s teach about ‘proof of goodness’, it is therefore not enough to do the deeds that are good only in God’s eyes, which for us is to listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and to practice the words of Jesus. We MUST, MUST, MUST do so with the things of God in mind and not ourselves, otherwise whatever we do is tainted with the stench of evil. It calls for all the things we have been taught and shown- listening to Jesus, a heart of agape love that loves without reason, understanding of how far we have fallen and how much we have been forgiven, patient endurance and perseverance, humility, unceasing repentance, good courage, and each precious revelation, vision and dream from the Holy Spirit. And we MUST, MUST, MUST not only keep on repenting, but delighting in repentance as well, because repentance is a gift from our Father and our Father gives good gifts. Repentance is not a chore. It is definitely a good gift. Wonderful and generous is our God who allowed us to be the beneficiaries of the covenant of the forgiveness of sins at no cost to us but at the full price paid by the Son, the Father and the Lord.

It is in this searching of God’s mind by the counseling of the Holy Spirit, who searches all things and even the deep things of God that Jesus will come to know you and know where you come from. ‘Proof of knowledge’ is not about saying, “Lord, Lord, I did this or that,” or, “I have left everything to follow You!” or to be declared known by Jesus or sitting at His right or left hand, or being at the front of the procession. ‘Proof of knowledge’ is your humbly and lovingly seeking to know God’s mind and Their visions and dreams of what is to come and going forth to do what you hear from the Lord, or what you believe to be righteous and for the sole benefit of your God and then Jesus recognising who you are because you are also a man of truth like Him. You are also someone who seeks the glory of the One who sent you. You are the image and likeness of man of Earth that He came mightily to save.

We already have a measure of the knowledge of the things God has in mind. We know He wants justice for Jesus. We have to persevere in searching out the details. Justice to Jesus is the present purpose of our end game, isn’t it? It is the alpha and the omega.

And so to this harder question, I do not have an easy answer, “What if we are wrong in thinking we are acting on the things of God’s mind, but we actually have the things of men in mind?” Then I urge us all to be circumspect and keep checking our intentions, motivations and desires and keep repenting and asking the Holy Spirit to expose our guilt and steer us in the right path and have hearts that are humble and softened to the Lord, the Lord and the Lord and to Their correction and discipline. We’re not talking about a life of weekly worship gatherings and services. We are talking about the end game- how to set it up- what is actually is- what it takes. Though there is always that concern that we are deluding ourselves, isn’t there? Let’s be honest here. With or without full power to back up our testimonies of Jesus, we can still be evildoers. This is clear. Especially since we hear Paul say in 2 Thessalonians 2.11 that to those who refused to love the truth and so be saved, God will send a powerful delusion by the coming of the lawless one with displays of all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders and every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing, so that they will believe the lie, and all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness. Is God right in doing so? I do not judge Him but I note that He is consistent with the Law, “Do to others what you would have them do to you.” What makes miracles, signs and wonders “counterfeit”? It is when the intention is to seek glory for ourselves, even though it may be done in God’s Name.

And it has become clearer to me why Jesus asked His disciples, “However when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith?”[4] Because there is no way of knowing for sure if we are on the right side of the end game. If there is, at this point in time I do not know it.

As I said, it is not full power that provides the ‘proof of knowledge’. It is Jesus who comes to you with ‘proof of knowledge’- His knowledge of you. Our quest should NOT be focused on ‘proof of knowledge’, but coming to know the Lord, the Lord, and the Lord and the visions and dreams that They have in Their mind and doing things based on what we know is good in Their eyes.

So it does take faith to believe that God is Justice and He is perfect in His judgment of you. The mustard seed of faith that grows into a beautiful tree of knowledge. It takes faith to keep repenting. It takes faith to believe He is coming back. And when I say, “Jesus has to come back because this life is not life without Him here”- there I just had in mind the things of mine and not the things of God- but hopefully and with God this is possible, the things we have in mind will be perfectly aligned with the things They have in mind. We repent, Lord.


 

[1] Matthew 7.21-23

[2] Luke 13.24-27

[3] in Matthew 7.13

[4] Luke 18.8

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