For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 2 Tim 1:12.
There are many who claim to “know” Jesus but really have only a surface knowledge of The Cross. They know of a historical Jesus, which is a general knowledge of who He is. Then there are those who “know” about Jesus because others have told them about Him. And there are those who have a very intimate knowledge of Who Jesus is. An intimate knowledge comes from a genuine closeness with Him. One of the great problems today is that there are many who know about God but few who know God intimately. How sad it will be in the resurrection to meet God face to face and realize that we have not known Him with a heart to heart intimacy.
To “know” Christ and The Cross is to have intimacy and completeness with and in Him. The word know in the Greek is “oida” and it means to have seen or perceived, to have knowledge of something in completeness. For instance we who are married “know” our spouses in an intimate way. We “know“ them as our best and closest friends, confidants and our right arms. They are the ones we walk side by side with and share our love and life with. Our spouses are the ones we share and entrust our deepest affections with. We know them intimately.
We cannot be intimate with a person we don’t trust. Trust in Christ and The Cross is at the heart of our intimacy with Him…That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; Phil 3:10. A genuine and sincere intimacy is needed that we might know God’s immeasurable, unalterable, unfathomable and infinite Holiness. The more we trust someone, the closer we let them get to us. This is as true in our relationship with God as it is in our relationships with other human beings.
Our experience of God’s nearness or distance is not a description of His actual proximity to us. It is rather our experience of intimacy with him. Scripture shows us that God is intimate with those who trust him. (James 4:8, Jer 29:11). The more we trust in Him, the closer we will get to Him. And the closer we get to Him the more intimately we will come to know him.