I Want to Know You

But, no, rather I also count all things to be loss because of the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them to be trash, that I might gain Christ and be found in Him; not having my own righteousness of Law, but through the faith of Christ, having the righteousness of God on faith, to know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, having been conformed to His death, if somehow I may attain to a resurrection out of the dead.

Phil 3:8-11

Lord Jesus, I want to know you.

I want to know You in all of Your fullness and all of Your glory.

I want to know You in all of Your depths, heights, width and breadth, together with all of Your saints.

I want to know You within Your Church!

That is, I want to know all of Your unsearchable riches that are hidden within earthen vessels.

I want to know all of those things that our eyes cannot see and our ears cannot hear neither have come up into our hearts.

But I want to know all of those things that have already been given to us by Your Spirit.

I don’t want to know You in a shallow way.  I want to dive down deep into the depths of You.

I want to be a submarine, not just a sailboat!

I want to know You in Your righteousness, holiness, redemption, and salvation.

I want to know You AS my wisdom.

I want to know Your ways, thoughts, and character.

I want to know YOU, not just what You said and did.

I want to know the present (current) Christ, not just some historical figure from the past.

I want to know the risen, ascended, glorified, and eternal Christ.

I don’t just want to know You in my mind, but I want to know You in my experience.

I want to know You in my spirit.

I want this knowledge to be an experiential knowledge!

I want to know You as my Grace and Truth.

I want to know You as my Food and Drink.

I want to know You as the air I breathe.

I want to know You as my Vine and my Shepherd.

I want to know You as my New Man, New Creation, and New Covenant.

I want to know You as my Life Source and Life Supply.

I want to know You as my New Wine and New Wineskin.

I want to know You as the essence of all of the scriptures.

I want to know You AS my resurrection.

I want to know You as my Center.

I want to live by Your life.

I want to be able to say in truth that it’s not I who live but Christ who lives in me.

I want to know You so deeply and so truly that I will have forgotten anything that Milt ever came up with!

I want to know You in and with my brothers and sisters.

I want to know You in Your Body, Your Bride, Your House.

I am willing to lose all to know You in these ways and in every way.

Lord Jesus, I want to know You …

Author: Milt Rodriguez

Milt is an author, speaker, and organic church planter.

21 thoughts on “I Want to Know You”

  1. I can’t tell you how much those words radiated in my Spirit.
    Thank you, thank you for expressing what I am feeling .

  2. Amen, bro Milt. Our yearning for more of Jesus Christ Himself increases the more we know Him. Just think, eternity is ours in Christ and with every breath for all eternity we will know Him more and more without end. How big is our Christ Jesus!

  3. A true reflection of the Lord’s desire to be known in and through His people.
    A heart cry coming from each saint in His body. In unison we are crying from the depths within “Lord, I want to know you”!

    Thanks for this post.

  4. thank you so much Milt for sharing what is also in my heart, if not the hearts of all of God’s children, amen!

  5. Hello Milt,

    I too, want to know HIM. I don’t know that I’ve thought of as many ways as You have to want to know Him, and He is just so vast and unending that I know that in this lifetime, I certainly won’t even cover but a small percentage of what you have expressed on your list, but I want to know Him! I will allow Him to reveal Himself to me as He desires.

    What do you mean that you want to know the”present”, “current” Christ? Is He not the same yesterday, today and forever?

    It’s not a rhetorical question, I would love to know the answer.
    Thanks
    Carla

  6. Carla,

    That is an excellent question!

    Yes, He is, within His deity or Godhood, the same yesterday, today and forever. But in God’s eternal purpose, the Son went through some changes.

    For example, the Son of God became the Son of Man. In eternity past, within the Godhead, He had never been a man before! He became incarnated, God in the flesh (John 1). Also, He learned obedience by the things which He suffered (Heb.). And He was tempted. He had never suffered or been tempted before. Also, He was crucified, buried, and resurrected. Then, He was ascended and glorified. He then became a life-giving Spirit (1 Cor. 15:45). The one Grain of Wheat became the many grains through his death and resurrection (John 12:24). He became the corporate Christ as the Head and the Body, the Vine and the Branches, the Bridegroom and the Bride. These were some major changes that the Son had never gone through before.

    If you notice, Paul very rarely mentions the historical Jesus in his writings. He doesn’t really tell the saints much about Jesus of Nazereth. Instead, he presents to them an incarnated, crucified, risen, ascended, glorified and incorporated Lord.

    I want to know Him in all of THESE ways!

  7. What I like about this passage when I looked at it with the intent of knowing him more are the two words used for knowledge. The first use of knowlegde in verse 8 is knowledge which signifies in general intelligence, understanding. In verse 10 the use of knowing is a very intimate knowing not just a causal knowing of Christ. One of the definitions was a Jewish idiom for sexual intercourse between a man and a woman. That sharing of life that passes between us and the Lord is intimate. To share in the fellowship of His sufferings, and power of His ressurection is as intimate as what a man and women share. Our lives are one. That is the knowing I wanted and was glad to see that that was what Paul was talking about when he said that I may know Him.
    So when I read your post I see all the ways we are intimately connected.
    Carrie

  8. This resonates in my spirit, and I was led to pray these words to the Lord. Thank you brother! As I am in a season of laying aside to embrace the new, I am starting to sift through past things He has given me versus the things I initiated and sometimes insisted upon. I seem to be learning something about the difference between living by my own life and living by His. As we die, I have joy that He is preparing to raise us to life, His life! To know my Lord so much deeper gives me joy as I lay aside the last 3 years and die to what I once held dear, even to the things I perceived that He gave me, and the things that He gave me for just a season.

    What I once held dear, built my life upon, spent and worthless now, compared to this….knowing you, Jesus, knowing you, there is no greater thing. You are my all, you are the best, you are my joy my righteousness, and I live you Lord. Graham Kendrick

  9. Hi

    Milt

    God is good all the time. I opened the email, read your post, translated it to share with some brothers and sisters. The richness of the kingdom is without measure! I cannot be where you are or were , but I can listen to what kingdom people have posted in the net. We’ve just left the institutional church and the process is not painless. I was here alone looking for something to read or listen to and came across your site with some messages (the one that I’m listening just now is “The mystery of Christ.) How I need to be reminded of those principles!
    God be magnified!

    leila

  10. MIlt, Thanks so much for expressing so well the desires of the hearts of many of us as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ! Excellent! I’ll be passing this on to many others.

    Like Carla (above) I too have a question which is raised in your response to hers…. Among the many changes which you listed which the Lord Jesus has experienced as a man…you mentioned that AFTER HIS ASCENSION He became a life giving spirit (I Cor.15:45).

    My question is this: How do you know that He was made a life- giving spirit AT THAT TIME and not before? Did He not give life to mant (physically and spiritually) before He even went to Calvary? I’d really appreciate your thoughts in ths regard.

    Thanks so much!
    Bruce

  11. Amen Milt. This should be copied and prayed each morning until it is drained dry. Let’s go on to know the Lord, to know His love that passes knowledge until we are filled with the fulness of God.

  12. Bruce,

    That’s an easy one!

    He became a life-giving Spirit after His resurrection (1Cor. 15:45)
    I know that in my answer to Carla I used the word “then” after I had just mentioned the ascension but that is not what I meant. He became a life-giving Spirit after His resurrection. That is why in John 20 it says that He breathed on the disciples and told them to receive the Spirit.

    Also, if you read I Cor. 15 (the whole chapter) you will see that verse 45 is stated within the context of resurrection. The whole chapter is about the resurrection from the dead.

    Also if you read His last discourse to the disciples before His death (John 14-17), you will see that the Father’s goal was to bring man into God and God into man. For this to happen, the Son would have to be made edible (or eatable!) for man. The Grain of Wheat would have to die to make the loaf of bread!

    God accomplished so much through the resurrection of His Son!

  13. Milt,

    This is a beautiful prayer in which Christ is powerfully revealed! Thx for writing this brother.

  14. Hi Milt,
    I entirely agree with you that God accomplished much through the resurrection of His Son. We’ll be all eternity appreciating the vastness of that work!
    But I’m still having difficulty with your claim that the Lord Jesus was made a life-giving spirit AFTER HIS RESURRECTION.

    Of the many things that the Lord Jesus was made or became as a man (which you were touching on in your reply to Carla) it seems to me that scripture would teach us the following:
    1. At His incarnation, the Son of God
    -was made flesh (John 1:14)
    -was made of the seed of David (Romans 1:3)
    -was made of a woman (Gal.4:4)
    -was made under the law (Gal.4:4)
    -was made in the likeness of men (Phil.2:7)
    He was not the last Adam until His incarnation and it was also then that He, as the last Adam…..
    -was made a life-giving spirit (I Cor.15:45). This is also evident from His own statements below (all of which were spoken BEFORE HIS CRUCIFIXION)……

    John 4:13,14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

    John 5:21) For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. (“Quickeneth” is the same word used in I Cor.15:45)

    John 6:26,27) Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.

    John 6:62,63) What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (“Quickeneth” is the same word used in I Cor.15:45.)

    John 10:25-28) Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me. But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.

    John 17:1-3) These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee: As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

    -was also made so much better than the angels (Heb.1:4-6)

    2. During His earthly life, He
    -was made a prophet in word and deed (Luke 24:19)
    -was made a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God (Rom.15:8)

    3. At His crucifixion, He
    -was made a curse for us (Gal.3:13)
    -became obedient unto death (Phil.2:8)
    -was dead (Rev.1:18)

    4. At His resurrection He
    – (the stone that the builders rejected) was made the head of the corner (Ps.118:22; Matt.21:42; Mark 12:10; Luke 20:17; I Peter 2:7)
    – was made a sign unto that generation (like Jonah was to the Ninevites Luke 11:30)
    – became the firstfruits of them that slept (I Cor.15:20)
    – was made the preeminent One (Col.1:18)
    -was made the surety of the New Covenant (Heb. 7:22)
    -became the author of eternal salvation (Heb.5:9)

    5. After His resurrection He
    -became invisible (vanished out of the sight of two disciples) Luke 24:31

    6. At His ascension He
    – became a merciful and faithful high priest (Heb.2:17; 5:5; 6:20; 7:16,21)
    – was made higher than the heavens (Heb.7:26)

    7. Since His ascension He
    – is made unto every believer wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption. (I Cor.1:30)

  15. Bruce,

    Wow! Looks like you spent lots of time on that comment!

    Anyway, I stick by what I previously said to you and for those stated reasons.

    Actually this post was not meant to be a theological statement.

    It was simply an expression of the cry of my heart.

  16. Yes knowing him is endless. I no longer desire doctrines, rules, fame, mere biblical knowledge, arguments, and human works: i just want to know jesus toenjoy him with his body to savor him as our life. it is all about knowing him together with his holy bride.

  17. brother milt: i live in the island of st thomas. my phone is 13403445621 i meet in an institutional church. there is no organic church like how you practice. i hope some day ill had the opportunity to be in an organic church.

  18. ‘If you notice, Paul very rarely mentions the historical Jesus in his writings. He doesn’t really tell the saints much about Jesus of Nazereth. Instead, he presents to them an incarnated, crucified, risen, ascended, glorified and incorporated Lord.’

    This is so true. Years ago I read 2 Cor. 5:16 …even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. I came to realize that we are not to follow the example of Christ so much as we are to follow the person of Christ. When WWJD was the ‘thing’ to wear and do, I cringed. It was not ‘What Would Jesus Do’, rather, it was Lord, what are you doing. It must be a relationship of knowing the Lord Jesus so much that you just know what He is doing at any moment. That will only take a life time of dying to ‘me’ and learning to accept the resurrection life that is within to be my life.

    Thanks Milt for your heart words.

  19. Donny b,

    Very well said. We know the presently living Christ by his life that has been placed within us. Awesome!

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