Knowledge or Revelation?
Don’t you know me Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? John 14:8-9
Does this question pierce our hearts also? Do we still require hard evidence to trust in Jesus? To recognize him in the midst of us? Have we come to know Him with that deep knowing that only the heart can hold?
Choosing between knowledge about God and revelation from God is like choosing between fool’s gold and the real thing. Head knowledge tends to bind us in unbelief and self-sufficiency as we rely on what we know, learn or derive from our own efforts or intellect. Revelation opens our hearts and minds to godly truth and understanding that transcend reason. Like faith, this knowledge comes only by the Spirit.
Living in a data-centric culture erodes our capacity to be filled with the revelation knowledge of Christ, that ability to see and perceive which Jesus found so wanting, especially among the religious set. Yet, Jesus comes to restore this knowledge to us, and us to him. For he doesn’t just know about us – he knows us by heart and invites us to know Him by heart also.
John 14 pinpoints this distinction between knowledge and knowing. When Thomas asked, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus replied, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”
Still, in the dark, Philip pleads, “Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough.” Jesus considers his disciple. “Don’t you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time?”
Jesus longs to impart to us a revelation of His deep love. So let us ask the Father to open our crusty hearts to a deeper revelation of Jesus, that we might know even as we are fully known.