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And this is eternal life, that they might know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.  (John 17:3 NKJV)

When I was a child I used to make mud pies. I totally immersed myself in this mixture of dirt and water. The mud penetrated my pores and became a part of me. I knew from experience what mud was like.

Fast forward to my senior year in college. I was able to discover which additives were most effective in reducing the power required for a given degree of mixing. I knew facts derived by experimentation about drilling muds. I learned many facts about drilling muds in the oil industry. For my thesis I did mixing with a mixer that measured power consumption and colorimetric analysis to evaluate the degree of mixing. All of this was learned and expanded on as a college senior, and it all started as a child playing and making mud pies!

My experiences illustrate two different concepts: 1. Knowing Jesus Christ in a personal relationship with Him by trusting Him for my eternal salvation and 2. Simply knowing facts about the Jesus of history. The New Testament uses at least two different Greek words for know: one describing a personal experience and the other conveying facts about an object. The one used in John 17:3 describes a life that comes only by relying on Jesus Christ.

Knowing Christ requires personal trust.

Salvation for heaven is an intimate must.

Information alone will not do.

I’ll never have life with just facts that are true.


Knowing Jesus is not the same as knowing about Him.

Written by Jim Thacher

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