Do You Know Christ?

Stan Mast

READ : Acts 9:1-9

Who are you, Lord? (v. 5 NIV)

Why would Paul say, “I want to know Christ” (Phil. 3:10)? I mean, didn’t Paul already know Christ? Of course he did, even as many of us know him. The Paul writing to the Philippians is not the pre-Christian Saul on the road to Damascus, breathing out threats and violence in his passion to wipe the name of Christ off the face of the earth. This is not Saul lying there on the ground, surrounded by a blinding light, stunned by a heavenly voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?” This is not Saul croaking in terror, “Who are you, Lord?”

This is the Paul who heard the voice saying “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting.” This Paul had met Christ in a startling way that changed not only his name, but his life. He knew Christ from that personal encounter (Acts 9) and from other supernatural experiences (e.g., 2 Corinthians 12) and from his study of Scripture and his life of prayer. He had already written, “It is . . . Christ who lives in me,” and “I live by faith in the Son of God” (Gal. 2:20).

Yet he says, “I want to know Christ.” What on earth is he talking about? Can it be there are levels of knowing Christ? Is Saul’s question (“Who are you, Lord?”) the one we should always be asking? How well do you know Christ?

PRAYER

Holy Spirit, give me the power to know “how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ” (Eph. 3:18 NIV). Amen.