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Nearer Than
When We First Believed
                                                   

                               
Dr. R. Clifford Jones, President.
Lake Region Conference.
  
KNOW HIM – SHOW HIM”

“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord; for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. . . . That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” (Phil. 3:8-10).  
 
            Few individuals have had the kind of influence on the Christian church that the apostle Paul has had.   Other than for Christ Jesus Himself, Paul has exerted the most profound and protracted influence on the Christian Church, and it is neither erroneous nor a stretch of the imagination to say that Christianity would not have grown to become the major world religion that it is today had it not been for the engagement of Saul of Tarsus.   A deep, incisive thinker who took his religious upbringing seriously, the persecutor turned evangelist had an illustrious resume.   He was “circumcised the eight day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Phil. 3:5-6).  
 
            One would think that, given his pedigree and learning, Saul had it all.   And for a while he thought he did, ardently persecuting the early Christian believers as a result.   In time, Saul came to realize that all his worldly endowments paled in comparison to the richness of knowing Jesus Christ, and he willingly abandoned the “stuff” of the world so that he could know Jesus Christ more intimately.
 
            But Paul also knew that it was not enough to know Jesus Christ.   Thus, soon after his conversion experience on the road to Damascus, Paul embarked on a campaign of showing Jesus to a cynical, disbelieving world.   Although he encountered fierce opposition from within and from without in preaching about Jesus Christ and His resurrection from the dead, Paul continued to witness to the miracle of a resurrected Lord wherever he could find a listening ear.   To Paul, everything pivoted on the resurrection.
 
Like the apostle Paul, Christians ought to focus on knowing and showing Christ.   In fact, that is what Christianity is all about.   The theme of the life of every Christian ought to be “Know Him – Show Him,” which is what the members of the Lake Region Conference have been challenged to do over the course of the next several months.   To the extent that we do, our cities and towns will be transformed, God’s kingdom will be expanded, and the coming of Jesus Christ will be hastened.    Thank you for accepting the challenge. 
 
“I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord; for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ. . . . That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings” (Phil. 3:8-10).  

 
 

 

 
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