THAT I MAY KNOW HIM, AND THE POWER OF HIS RESURRECTION, AND THE FELLOWSHIP OF HIS SUFFERINGS, BEING MADE CONFORMABLE UNTO HIS DEATH "
It is quite common to hear people talk about knowing the LORD as if HE were their next door neighbor or a friend of the family. Many use the term quite freely when evangelizing others as if to imply that men have the capability to possess or learn such knowledge by an act of their own will. The scripture is quite clear that one of the blessings of the "new covenant" would be that HIS children would not be taught the things of GOD by men but they would have them revealed to them personally by the HOLY GHOST. "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the LORD; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a GOD, and they shall be to me a people: "And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest." (Heb 8:10-
There are several Greek words in the New Testament which are translated into English as "know." There are two which are predominately used. They are "oida" and "ginosko". Now I am not a Greek scholar nor an etymologist so I am forced to rely on the erudition of learned men in these fields such as Vine and Strong. There is a real blessing in the study and usage of these two words which I hope I can share in a few lines. "Ginosko, frequently suggests inception or progress in "knowledge," while oida suggests fullness of "knowledge," e.g., John 8:55, "ye have not known Him" (ginosko), i.e., begun to "know," "but I know Him" (oida), i.e., "know Him perfectly;" John 13:7,"Vine's Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words"
Paul used the word "ginosko" when he cried out , Oh "that I might know HIM", saying I need to become aquainted with HIM more intimately. Yet when he triumphantly stated "I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that HE is able to keep that which I"ve committed unto HIM against that day" (II Tim 1:12); he used the word "oida" which is the exact word the LORD HIMSELF used when HE said to the Pharisees; "Yet ye have not known HIM; but I know HIM:" (John 8:55). This suggests that Paul possessed a confidence that the knowledge he had was sufficient. Such is the blessing of the gift of faith, it carries with it a rest for the people of GOD, an unshakable assurance that CHRIST is the sum total of all we need or are looking for.
We are lacking in nothing that will make us perfect in the eyes of GOD, nor are we in any danger of coming short of that whereunto we are called. (see Heb.4:1) "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of GOD. "For he that is entered into HIS rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as GOD did from HIS." (Heb 4:9-