Jesus said, “If you really knew me you would know my Father as well.” (John 14:6-7) In other words, the way to know Father is by knowing Jesus. Jesus is the most accurate image of the invisible God. The Son unveils or reveals the Father. So, we know the Father by knowing the Son. “If you have seen me you have seen the Father… I and my Father are One”.
The idea that the Gospel is primarily about Salvation from Hell, and a ticket to Heaven when we die, misses the point. The Good news is about relationship with God in whom we were designed to “live and move and have our Being”. Without knowing Him we will continue dying like fish out of water, falling short of our intended humanity as sons and daughters of the Father, mirrors of God’s image. Jesus shows us what the Father is like and what it means to be fully human. The New Birth allows us to “see the Kingdom of Heaven” now, not just enter heaven when we die . Eternal life is not just about what we experience after death, but an Eternal Source of life that begins by knowing the Father in this life as well as the next. The Kingdom of Heaven has come near to us, is within us, on earth as it is in heaven.
Have you ever wondered how the Creator can truthfully say, “I never knew you” to anyone He has created. I thought He knows everything about us, even how many hairs are on our head? Perhaps that’s because we western thinkers tend to mistake knowledge about someone for relationship with someone. When the scriptures speak of knowing a truth or a person they mean knowing by experience or by relationship. When the Creator says, “I never knew you” He means we never had a relationship! So, we can only know the Father and His Son by relationship. Without “knowing” the Father we continue dying, cut off from the Eternal Source of life. If you want to know the Father, get to know Jesus. You will become Family, a son or a daughter of the Creator. You share the same DNA as Father and son. You will find out who you are.