Knowing Christ – LOVE
1. Brotherly Love
Prayer Child of God
Prayer Faith & Thanksgiving
2. Love your Neighbor
3. Knowing Christ
Seven advantages, rewards or gifts of knowing Christ
4. Victory over the enemy (This part is discussed in detail on the next bar – Victory)
The cross has four ends:
· Knowing Christ: The vertical bar pointed to heaven is to know Jesus Christ better.
· Victory over the enemy: The vertical bar pointed to earth shows that we are from the earth, dust, blood and flesh. We have to crucify ourselves with Jesus to be victorious over the enemy of our own flesh desires.
· Brotherly love: The horizontal bar to the right represents the love for the children of God. Today you will be with Me in Paradise.
· Love your neighbor: The horizontal bar to the left represents the world. The thief has rejected Jesus, but He shows us that He died for all sinners despite of their dis believe.
The Prayer of the Cross is all about Jesus prayer on the cross. Luke 23:34. Jesus said;
“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing”
Jesus was praying to the Father. When you speak out forgiveness and love while your enemies are busy crucifying you that is God’s love in ultimate form. If we want to know Jesus, we must know His love. He expressed His love forthe world not by condemning them, but by praying for them. To know Christ and to get the excellence of the knowledge of Him will mainly be determined how we understand His ministry when He was on earth and His ministry now in heaven. It will be worth for His children to know a Man like this.
Jesus ministry on earth: Jesus ministry came only to truth, fulfillment and expression when He gave Himself to die on the cross and show His love in praying for sinners. That was real love in action. Before the cross He healed the sick, raised the dead, feed the hunger and free people from bondage. What is then the work of the cross? Isaiah 53:5. He was wounded for our transgressions He was bruised for our iniquities. If Jesus should have died just a normal way, the people would in the ages to come forget all His miracles and commandments and He would have been history. But when He was on the cross, prayed for the sinners and forgives them, then and in the ages to come, He made a huge impact till the end, and it has eternal value for mankind. Prayer and forgiveness shows God’s real love for the human being from beginning to the end.
Jesus ministry in heaven: Jesus is now in heaven at the right hand of the Father and is still praying, interceding for mankind and forgives sins. He did not quit. This shows us that Jesus still loves us, because He is praying for us right at this moment and He wants that everybody must be saved and healed.
Love work through prayer, and prayer through love. You cannot pray and hate, or hate and pray. Prayer with love brings us closer to Jesus and reading His word gives us more knowledge of Him and to understand His commands and heartbeat.
1 John 2:3-6. We know that we have come to know Him if we keep His commands. Whoever says, I know Him, but does not do what He commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person. But if anyone obeys His word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in Him. Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.
Jesus work on the cross should have meant nothing, if it was not for His love. Our religion, worshiping, prayers and going to church means nothing if love for our brothers, sisters and for the world is not our foundation and way of living. It is all about LOVE. If we understand Jesus love on the cross and His love that is still working for us while He is praying right now in heaven, we will understand how to love our brothers and sisters, and have a heart for this dying world.
We will know Jesus by keeping these two great commandments.
o Brotherly Love
1 John 3:23. This is His commandment; that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
o Love your Neighbour
James 2:8. If you really fulfil the Royal Law to the Scripture, you shall love your neighbour as yourself.
LOVE FOR YOUR BRETHREN
Read: Prayer Child of God
Prayer of Faith and Thanksgiving
1 John 3:23. This is His commandment; that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment
John 13:34. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
James 5:1.6. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. Forgiveness brings forth love, love brings forth prayer and prayer brings forth healing. What a revelation!
1 Pet 1:22. Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart.
1 John 2:9-10. Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.
1 John 3:17. This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ lays down his life for us. We ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
John 17:9. Father, I pray for them. Jesus prayed for His disciples and also prayed for Peter. Luke 22:31-32. Simon, Simon! Satan has asked for you. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail.
Jesus commands to love our brothers and sisters of the same faith, to pray for them and reach out to them for encouragement and help; that is what Jesus did for His disciples.
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
Read: Prayer of Intercession
Prayer of Identification
Matthew 22:39. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Be like the Good Samaritan in
Luke 10:25-37. Jesus asked, who do you think was neighbor to him who fell among the
thieves? And Jesus said; he who showed mercy to him. Go and do likewise.
Romans 13:8-10. Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law. All commandments are all summed up in this saying, namely, “you shall
love your neighbor as yourself”. Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
We are now at the heartbeat of Jesus ministry. It might be easy to love the brethren, and even love your neighbor. But Jesus goes a step further.
Matthew 5:44-48. I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what rewards have you? If you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect”.
This strips us from all self righteousness, thinking that we are better than other people. Our enemies are the evil and unjust people. The fact is that to be like Jesus is; we must pray for our enemies and forgive them because they do not know what they are doing. They are blinded by the enemy of this world. 1 Corinthians 2:8. None of the rulers of this age knew the wisdom of God, for had they known, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
We will never understand the love of God for this sinful world from Adam to the end, but if we can get this commandment right and live it, we will know Jesus.
We just study that the way to know Jesus is to fulfill His two love commandments. We cannot be a good and faithful servant of Jesus if we do not understand His love and that we must act the same way, for a servant cannot be better than His Master. We must pray like Jesus prayed and forgive like Jesus forgives. James 4:3. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
We have opened a window to understand the basics of love like Jesus did. But there is more for the child of God. Paul called it the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. These Bible verses show us that God wants us to know Him better.
Philippians 3:10. That I may know Jesus and the power of His resurrection?
2 Peter 1:2. Grace & peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord.
2 Peter 3:18. Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ephesians 1:17. The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and the revelation in the knowledge of Him.
Ephesians 3:19. Know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Ephesians 4:13. Till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Philippians 3:8. Indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.
There are actually hindrances in our way to grow into the fullness of the knowledge of Jesus
Christ. To overcome these hindrances we must add on to our faith. Then there are seven wonderful rewards for a child of God to know, serve and follow Jesus Christ.
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· Firstly, there are seven advantages, rewards or gifts to receive when we know Jesus. We get the seven gifts first to give us an appetite to go all the way in the knowledge of our Savior. It is to run for a price and know beforehand what the price will be.
Add to your basic faith
· Secondly, for this very reason, giving all diligence (carrying out action), we must add-on seven things to our Christian faith.
· Thirdly, there are seven hindrances in a child of God’s way that are hindering us to know Christ in His fullness. This is to test ourselves and see what our standing with God is.
2 Peter 1:2-11. Grace & peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness, love. For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins. Therefore, brethren, be even more diligent to make your call and election sure, for if you do these things you will never stumble; for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Seven rewards that we will receive on earth in knowing Jesus Christ.
- Grace and peace be multiplied
- Given us all things that pertain to life and godliness
- Called us by glory and virtue
- Given us exceedingly great and precious promises
- Partakers of the divine nature
- Escaped corruption that is in the world through lust
- Entrance into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
ADD TO FAITH:
Seven things to add-on to your faith on a daily basis.
- Virtue (excellence) – behavior showing high moral standards, goodness, morality, righteousness, integrity, dignity, honesty, decency.
- Knowledge -facts, information and skills acquired through experience. Understanding.
- Self-control – Control one’s emotions and desires in difficult situations.
- Perseverance – Persistence in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
- Godliness – the quality of being devoutly religious; piety
- Brotherly kindness – Love your neighbor
- Love – Deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, endearment
If these seven things are yours and abound, not one of the following hindrances will stand in your way.
Seven hindrances that will take us off track to know Jesus better.
- Barren – desolate, empty, unproductive, dry, waste.
- Unfruitful – fruitless.
- Short-sighted – narrow, small-minded.
- Blind – dark, visionless.
- Forgetfulness – forget the divine nature receiving at the new birthing.
- Old sins – looked back to the past and still bounded by the sins of the past.
- Stumble – fall, hesitate, trip, wobble, swing, and limp.
It is definitely worth while to love, worship and know the Lord Jesus Christ in His fullness. The seven rewards are so huge that we cannot take the chance to be a lukewarm Christian and just hope to make it. Matthew 25:34. Then the King will say to those on his right; “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world”.
VICTORY OVER THE ENEMY
The vertical bar of the cross pointed to earth shows that we are born out of the earth, dust, blood and flesh. We are vulnerable. We have to crucify ourselves with Jesus to be victorious over the enemy of our own flesh desires. One of the greatest weapons the enemy uses against a child of God is his own flesh.
This is a Dimension on its own and is fully discussed on the next page.
This part is briefly discussed on the next bar – Victory over the enemy.
Prayer Child of God
Child of God
Romans 8:15. You have received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, Abba, Father.
John 1:12. But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name.
God’s children can cry out ! Abba, Father. My Lord and my God. John 20:28. Our Father in heaven. Mat 6:9. Have a conversation with God the same way as to an earthly father.
Heirs of the Father
Romans 8:16-17. The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ.
Ephesians 3:6. That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.
Justification through Jesus Christ Righteousness Romans 4:25.
Romans 5:18. As through one man’s offence judgement came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act, the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.
Romans 6:6,13. Our old man was crucified with Jesus, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. Present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your body as an instrument of righteousness to God.
1 Corinthians 6:11. You are washed, you are sanctified and you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of God.
Blessings and Promises of God in Jesus Christ
Ephesians 1:3. We are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.
Ephesians 2:6. He raised us up and made us sit in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
Ephesians 3:6. We are partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel.
Galatians 3:14. The blessings of Abraham has come upon us in Christ Jesus that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Heavenly Father, I have received Jesus Christ, now I am your child. I am also an heir of God and a joint heir with Jesus Christ. Through the righteous deed of Jesus’ death at Calvary, I am now justified from all my sins according to your word. I am now completely yours and can be a partaker of all your blessings and promises through Christ Jesus. I can freely cry out. Abba, Father! Because I am saved by your grace, I must deny myself, take up my cross and follow Jesus every day and life a victorious life through the power of the Holy Spirit. I thank you.
Prayer Faith & Thanks giving
Luke 11:10. For everyone who asks, receive. This is the basic principle of prayer.
Faith is always in the NOW! Reaction on faith determines the outcome and answer. Some answers can come immediately and some later, but the principal never changes. God is a God of faith and trust!
The first reaction of receiving is to be thankful. Thanksgiving (thank you) is the greatest proof of receiving. There are two facts to proof this statement:
- God has done what He promised.
- What God has promised is the truth. He is a God of his word.
John 16:24. Ask and you shall receive, so that your joy may be full.
Our relationship with God is prayer, faith, thanksgiving and joy. This process must be a deep inner truth, irrespective of our circumstances, fears, emotions and feelings.
Hebrews 10:38. The just shall live by faith. The moment we say THANK YOU, is the greatest moment of faith. We cannot say thank you if we do not believe. After thank you, we should stand on God’s promises and be glued to His faithfulness.
How do we react on our prayers and faith:
Romans 4:20-24. Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God had promised, He was also able to perform. Therefore it was accounted to him for righteousness. It was not written for his sake alone, but also for us who believed in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. Abraham could only rely on his faith in the almighty God, but he believed God who gives life to the dead. Romans 4:17. But we, who live after the resurrection of Jesus Christ, know that God’s word is true, He has raised Jesus from the dead, and this fact strengthens our faith in God’s power and that all His promises will come to pass. If we ask in prayer, we receive in faith. Reaction: Say thank you and give the glory to God. The moment we say thank you, the heart opens up, faith is present and God will do the impossible.
Hebrews 11:6. Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
God wants to reward and bless his own children. Hebrews 11:24 By faith Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ’s greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
Philippians 4:6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Colossians 4:2. Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.
God – prayer – faith – thanksgiving – reward – joy full
Prayer of Intercession
What is Intercession:
Intercession is the spiritual work of prayer. It is when we collaborate with Jesus Christ in order for the Kingdom to become visible. Intercession needs to accomplish the following:
- To establish God’s rule and kingdom, bringing forth His blessings and life
- To deliver, save man and creation
- To be reconciled to God and restored to full relationship with Him
- The holy believing, persevering prayer and petitioning, that pleads with God on behalf of a person, people, place or circumstance that desperately needs Gods intervention
- Intercession is when you stand with one hand on the problem and one hand on God’s throne, bringing them together
Latin – Intercedo. Inter = between, involved, in between. Cedo = to go, to move, to pay a price.
- Thus intercedo (intercession) means, to come between, to go between, to mediate, move in between preventatively
- Intercession is the same as mediation
- Mediator means to stand between two extremes, to interpose between parties as the equal friend of both, to negotiate between persons at variance with a view to reconcile, to mediate peace
Greek – Entunchano
- To go to or meet a person, in order to converse, specially for the purpose of consultation or supplication
- To entreat, make intercession, to plead or request
- To hit the mark, to reach, obtain, to take a case, to meet one
Hebrew – Paga
- To meet someone, to pressure or urge someone strongly
- Falling upon someone in battle, to meet the enemy with hostile intent
Jesus the Intercessor:
Jesus our High Priest entered the Most Holy Place once for all with His own blood, having obtained eternal redemption and He sat down at the right hand of God. He is able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for us, for such a High Priest was fitting for us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and has become higher than the heavens. Hebrews 9:12, 10:12 & 7:25-26.
Isaiah 53:12. He bore the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Romans 8:34. It is Christ who died and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.
Holy Spirit fulfills a ministry of intercession:
Romans 8:26-27. Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
God’s people are called to practice intercession
1 Timothy 2:1-5. Therefore I exhort first of all supplications, prayers, intercessions and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus.
Intercession is the same as mediation, and mediation brings reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:20. We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
The sinful nature of this world separates human beings from God. It has always been necessary for righteous individuals to go before God to seek reconciliation between Him and His fallen creation.
- Abraham intercedes for a city: (50;45;40;30;20;10)
Genesis 18:22-33. The way of the Lord is that people, cities and kingdoms must do righteousness and justice. This was not the case with Sodom and Gomorrah, there was an outcry against the cities because their sin was very great. God decided to destroy the two cities, but Abraham stood before the Lord and intercedes for the cities not to pour out His wrath against them. Because there was not 10 righteous people, God fulfilled His plan to destroy the cities but not before Abraham has interceded for them.
- Moses pray for a nation:
Exodus 32:30-32. Moses said to the people, you have committed a great sin. So now I will go up to the Lord; perhaps I can make atonement for your sin. Then Moses returned to the Lord and said: If You will forgive their sin – but if not, I pray, blot me out of your book which you have written.
Numbers 14:20. Moses said; Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray according to the greatness of your mercy. Then the Lord said” “I have pardoned, according to your word”.
- Church prayed for Peter:
Hand 12:12. Herod the king stretched out his hand to harass some from the early church. He killed James (the brother of John) with the sword, arrested Peter and put him in prison. But at the house of Mary, the mother of John, many were gathered praying. An angel of the Lord freed Peter from prison and he went to the house where the church was praying for him.
Jesus intercedes for Himself at the Father. Matt 26:36-46. My soul is exceedingly sorrowful, even to death. My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will. Luke 22: 41, 44. Jesus knelt down and prayed. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like big drops of blood falling down on the ground. The fact is that Jesus was interceding for Himself, but He is also God, thus He was actually interceding for the whole wide world and was on His way to lay down His life on the cross to save every human being that believes in Him.
This is actually a wonderful example how we also can intercede for ourselves, going into your inner room and pray to God the Father till we get the answer and victory. In most cases it will be an alone wrestling with God, just like Jacob.
Genesis 32:26. A Man wrestled with Jacob and he said, I will not let You go unless You bless me!
Jeremiah 1:10. Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have this day set you over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out and to pull down, to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.
To be a true intercessor, you have to have a humble spirit, a heart to understand the circumstances and the perseverance to get an answer and breakthrough and willingly wait for the answer.
Some of above information was taken out of Unlimited Prayer Frontiers material.
One of Jesus’ strongest characteristics is that He identified Himself with the people.
Identified with Jesus in prayer:
Romans 6:5. If we have been united in the likeness of Jesus’ death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection. To identify with Jesus is to crucify our old man with Him, so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. To deny yourself and the sin nature and take up your cross is to be united in the likeness of His death. Matthew 16:24. To be conformable to His resurrection is to live a victorious life and be transformed into His likeness.
1 Peter 5:6. Humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
To humble yourself every day in humiliation before God, deny yourself and take up your cross and be victorious over sin, you are identifying with Christ and can make a difference in life around you and be like Jesus for other people.
Identified with brothers in prayer:
Galatians 6:2. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. James 5:16. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. If someone says I love God, and hates his brother, he is a liar. This commandment we have from Jesus; that he who loves God must love his brother also. 1 John 4:20-21. Identify yourself with the children of God’s pain, suffering and sickness in your prayers and handling towards them. Do good to everyone but first and foremost to the children of God.
Matthew 25:35-36. I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me drink, I was stranger and you took Me in, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was in prison and you came to Me. I say to you, in as much as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.
Identified with sinners in prayer:
Matthew 9:36. When He saw the multitude, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. We cannot pray and have no compassion for this lost world that is going to eternal damnation.
John 3:16. God so loved the world that He sent Jesus to this world, to die on the cross for their sin, that everyone who believes in Him shall be saved, healed, cleansed and have everlasting life. Philippians 2:7. God made Jesus of no reputation, taking the form of a bond servant, and coming in the likeness of men. Jesus came to serve, and identify Himself with this world. So must we also pray, serve and give ourselves to this world. Matthew 9:38. Pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.
Isaiah was a man with unclean lips. One of the angels flew to him having in his hand a live coal from the altar and touched his mouth. Isaiah 6:6-8. His iniquity was taken away, and his sin purged. Then the Lord asked; whom shall I send, and who will go for us. Isaiah answered: Here am I, send me.
Let your heart be on fire for the Lord Jesus Christ. Identify yourself with the need of the brothers and the world. Pray for them, help them and let your life be an extended hand of Jesus’ hand to this world.