Reading: Galatians 4
Summary: What the Galatians were failing to realize is that the approach to faith which they had adopted—which incorporated the notion of also keeping Mosaic Law—was, in reality, a return to the former enslavement from which they had been delivered upon coming to Christ. Paul famously asks them, “Have I then become your enemy by telling you the truth?” (Gal. 4:16).
To Know or Be Known
Have you ever thought you knew someone, then you learned something new about them? It turns out you didn’t know them nearly as well as you thought?
Do you know God? Of course, no one knows all there is to know about God, but we may be fairly confident in our knowledge of Him.
Notice how this is said: “But now that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God,…” (Gal. 4:9). The important thing is not that we believe we know God, but that God knows us.
Notice God’s statement to some in the judgment who no doubt thought they knew and served Him, “And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness’” (Matt. 7:23).
But wait, nothing is beyond the scope of God’s knowledge. How could He not know them? Surely He’s not saying that they were not in His realm of perception. Rather it is that He did not know them as His own. It’s like the Jesus’ parable of the 10 virgins, to the unwise who tried to enter the wedding feast he said, “Truly, I say to you, I do not know you” (Matt. 25:12).
Can I know if God knows me? Perhaps this will help us: “But if anyone loves God, he is known by God” (1 Cor. 8:3). And remember, to love God is to do so with all one’s heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). It, therefore, follows that if we love God we will keep His commandments (John 14:15). Further, “And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments” (1 John 2:3).
The one who truly knows God and is known by Him is the one who, above all else, seeks to do His will and to please Him (2 Cor. 5:9).