Family Bible Study lesson for March 3: Knowing God
February 8 2002 by Lisa Horton , John 14:1-14

Family Bible Study lesson for March 3: Knowing God | Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Friday, Feb. 8, 2002

Family Bible Study lesson for March 3: Knowing God

By Lisa Horton John 14:1-14

Provision for the Future

(John 14:1-4)

One Sunday morning a pastor read John 14:2 using a modern translation that said, "In my Father's house are many dwelling places." An elderly woman stood up and said, "Pastor, would you please read that scripture again from my Bible? I have lived in old, run-down houses all my life, and I'm looking forward to having a 'mansion' in heaven."

Jesus says he is going to his "Father's house" to prepare a place for us (John 14:2-3). When we see what he has prepared, it will certainly exceed our wildest imagination. The Bible says, "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him" (1 Cor 2:9).

Jesus knows what heaven is like; after all, it is his Father's house. It is Jesus' home.

Someday heaven will be our home as well. We are merely passing through this sinful world toward our real home. When we arrive in heaven, then for the first time, we will truly be home.

Access to the Father

(John 14:5-6)

Jesus said, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" (John 14:6). Jesus is not just one of many ways to heaven. Jesus is the "only" way to heaven.

During World War II, Germans dressed in American uniforms and changed all the road signposts pointing to various towns along the way, making sure that the Americans would always be going in the wrong direction. When the Americans called for reinforcements at the Battle of the Bulge, most of them never came because entire battalions were lost trying to find their way through areas where signposts had been taken down or turned in the wrong direction.

Today's society is trying to change the "spiritual" road signs. They mistakenly believe there are many roads to heaven. They want the sign to say: "All Roads Lead to Heaven." Prov. 14:12 says, "There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death."

Regardless of what people write on their signs, Jesus is still the "only" way to heaven. The Bible says, "There is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved" (Acts 4:12).

Someone has said, "A man may go to heaven without health, wealth, fame, beauty, friends and ten thousand other things. But he can never go to heaven without Christ."

Revelation of the Father

(John 14:7-11)

The Greek word for "know" that Jesus uses in verse seven means to "personally experience." It is not enough to know about God with our mind; we must know Him through a personal relationship. Many people will miss heaven by 18 inches - the distance between the head and the heart.

To know Jesus, is to know God. Hebrews 1:3 says, "The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being."

As a 9-year-old pastor's daughter, I thought I was knowledgeable about God, Jesus, the Bible and church. I loved my father's ministry and the church where he served as pastor. I thought I was a Christian. Then one Sunday the Holy Spirit convinced me that I knew "about" God, but I did not have a personal relationship with him. I prayed and asked Jesus Christ to forgive my sins and to be my Lord and Savior! That day I experienced the vast difference between knowing God with my mind, versus having Him live in my heart.

Promise of Enablement

(John 14:12-14)

One of the wonderful benefits of knowing God is being able to commune with Him in prayer. What a privilege it is to pray in the precious name of Jesus! "In Jesus name" is not just a pretty way to end our prayers. When we pray in Jesus' name, we claim to represent Him, to have His desires, qualities and concerns. Praying according to His will and in His name releases the power of God in our lives and enables us to continue Christ's work in this world.

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