When "I Believe" Becomes "I Know"

Jesus rocked the disciples world by telling them, “I’m going to die. I’m going to be taken away from you.” Jesus had been their comforter and their provider and they were not ready for this. But it was their time to take up the gauntlet and carry the church forward. 
 
““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:1-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

God has made us a path where we can follow Him. It is a path that the enemy cannot enter. Because we know Jesus, we can hear His voice and find Him in the midst of life's trials.

Scriptures used: John 14, I Corinthians 13, 1 John 3:1-3


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When “I Believe” Becomes “I Know”

Jesus rocked the disciples world by telling them, “I’m going to die. I’m going to be taken away from you.” Jesus had been their comforter and their provider and they were not ready for this. But it was their time to take up the gauntlet and carry the church forward.

 

John 14:1-6

““Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.” Thomas said to Him, “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:1-6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

There is only one path to God - through Christ. The path that leads us to God is not open to the devil. He can try to lure us off the path, but he cannot get on it. We have a straight shot to God so long as we stay on that path.

 

““If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us.””
‭‭John‬ ‭14:7-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Philip was wanting proof - we all do from time to time. But God doesn’t reveal Himself to us on-command to prove Himself. We like to think if we just knew God existed, if we could just see Him and have that verified, we would be faithful. But we wouldn’t be… Adam and Eve walked with God and they still strayed from His path.

 

“Jesus said to him, “Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; so how can you say, ‘Show us the Father’? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:9-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Jesus promised not to leave them without comfort, even though they weren’t getting quite what they wanted.

 

““A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.”
‭‭John‬ ‭14:19-20‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

We still “see Jesus” even though the world does not see Him any longer. We see Him in the peace we find in life’s difficulties. We see Him the hope we have of what is to come. There is a peace He has left behind.

 

Jesus had told them, “Believe that I am from the Father.” And He is now telling them, “When you see Me come back from the dead, you will know I am from the Father.”

 

In 1 Corinthians, we read it and look at the topics of the chapters. Chapter 12 is abut the gifts of the spirit, chapter 13 is about love, and chapter 14 is more about spritual gifts. But the letter was not written that way - it was all one thing.

 

“But earnestly desire the best gifts. And yet I show you a more excellent way.”
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“Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ 12:31 - ‭13:10‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Without love and compassion, nothing we do has any value. We are called to have our heart in what we do, to have the love that God has for one another. Even then, though, the gifts of the spirit are partial, they are not complete. We never get the whole picture. But when that which is perfect has come, when the truth is revealed - Christ - then, that which is in part will be done away with!

 

“When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.”
‭‭I Corinthians‬ ‭13:11-12‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

We only know a part, we only see a part as through an imperfect ancient mirror. We get the idea of what God is up to, but we cannot see His plan or Him in all His glory. We believe. It’s all we can do for now. When Jesus returns, there will be no more tongues to deliver messages because God will be with us. We will have no need of prophecy because He’ll be there looking us in the face!

 

What we now believe, we will one day know. Then I shall know just as I am also known. We know God, but only partially. We know bits and pieces about Him. But He knows us so completely that He knows us better than we know ourselves. And in the day when Jesus returns, we will know God the way He knows us - completely. On that day, our sight will make faith completely obsolete! We may not like walking by faith, but it keeps us constantly seeking God, the position God wants us to be in right now.

 

We walk by faith, not by sight. We would rather be away from the body and be home with the Lord. And in that day, we will walk by sight and not by faith. Everything will be made clear. “I believe” will become “I know.”

 

“Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”
‭‭I John‬ ‭3:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

 

Our faith keeps us on the path - we keep looking forward to the day that we will see Him come back and it will all make so much more sense then. Walking by faith can be very discouraging. We come under attack from the enemy, but our faith will rise up to carry us through. We will reap the fruit of our faith one day. And it’s hard to not be able to see everything and understand everything. But if we can just be patient, that seed of our faith will grow and we will see Christ in His fullness, understanding everything.