“Now, however, that you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God…” – Galatians 4:9a
Have you ever wondered if you really matter?
Have you ever questioned the value of your life?
Have you ever searched for evidence that your existence holds meaning?
“Now, however, [since] you have come to know God, or rather to be known by God…” – Galatians 4:9a
Paul writes these words to the church in Galatia, but the resurrection power of these words reach well beyond their genesis into our reality. These words are beautiful, because they break through the foolishness of this world to penetrate into the deepest parts of our heart.
To know God, or rather to be known by God is to be gifted the answer to our most complex question.
The answer is simply: We can know God; or, more accurately, we can be known by God.
Knowledge of God is more than intellectual ascent; it is an expression of a intimacy. Knowledge of God is founded upon the experience of a relationship between Creator and creation. Knowledge of God is to transcend mere belief and to rest in the assurance of God’s presence.
Paul shifts his language from knowing God to being known by God to emphasize the role of God within salvation – the process of being reconciled and restored to communion with God. There is a lot to say here for the purpose of clarification, but the point will have to suffice that the aim of salvation is our existing in relationship with our God. The activity of God’s grace (i.e. – favor, or transforming love) through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus achieves our reconciliation and restoration to common with God.
While we do not achieve this reward, a responsibility is extended to us. One must respond! One must acknowledge grace, receive grace, and live by grace. Faith is our collective response. Grace and faith unite to establish the present reality of a relationship with God that will be fully realized in the future.
There is a certain reality, then, to be acknowledge: we can know God; or, more accurately, we can be known by God.
To be known by God provides assurance of the intent, value, and meaning of our life. So, maybe you have asked these questions of yourself or a similar question…
The answer is … yes.
The reason…you can be known by God.