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The Knowledge of Jesus

While not every Christian will be a missionary to unreached peoples, every missionary is always first and foremost a Christian. Christianity is not a lifestyle, a moral code, a system of religious rituals, or a corpus of shared beliefs. Christianity is very simply a dynamic relationship with a Person, the Lord Jesus Christ. Although many words, deeds, and common interests will characterize this relating, these things are not the defining features of Christianity.

When it is recognized that all relationship, including this one, finds both its foundation and its growth in knowledge, the necessity of Christology becomes clear. Christology is not a subject among other doctrines of the Christian faith. It is everything. Christianity is a relationship to a Person, relationship is sustained through the fostering of adoring knowledge, and thus Christology is virtually synonymous with Christianity. The depth and accuracy of our knowledge will consequently determine whether we relate to Jesus rightly.

No one is to be exempt from this consuming obsession with knowing Him. If the church were students, we would all have one major and then many different minors. Minors are wonderful things. Problems arise only when minors begins to usurp the attention due our Major, who is our Master and our Maker. The most effective missionaries will be those who major on Jesus and minor on mission, for it is that focus alone which can make them a fruitful Christian.

Posts in this section, therefore, are simply about Jesus with no direct application to missions. The purpose is to first delve into all of His excellencies so that we might actually be able to one day proclaim them (1 Pet. 2:9): His divinity, His humanity, His cross, His resurrection, His ascension, His return, His kingdom, His sinlessness, His names, His power, His life, His everything.

Jesus From Above

Where do you start with getting to know Jesus more? It might seem like the answer to that question would be straightforward: start with what is clear. If you begin with what is plain and comprehensible, then you could move from there toward the loftier truths about Him. Established firmly on the footholds of the humanity and historicity that are wrapped around His existence, we could then reach ever upward to understand the fullness of His identity. This methodology seems appealing and describes (in a very general way) the approach most frequently embraced by modern biblical scholarship.

Getting Personal

One of the most important principles for growing in the truth about Jesus is to make it personal. In this context the contrast would not be impersonal, but rather conceptual. Since our eyes cannot see Him right now, the propensity is for Jesus to subtly become a noble concept rather than a vividly real Person to our hearts and our minds. Sermons can be preached, songs can be sung, and entire books can written with many references to "Jesus" that lack a vital continuity to the glorious Identity that stands behind that name.

Seeking Treasure

In Ephesians 3:8, Paul says that he had been given the grace to "preach the unsearchable riches of Christ." To the church in Colossi he said that hidden in this Man who is the mystery of God are "all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge" (Col 2:3). We must behold Jesus personally, and we must behold Him specifically. For these treasures of which the apostle speaks are hidden. They cannot be found merely by skimming the surface of New Testament language. Thus, you might say that we must behold Jesus thoroughly, or deeply.