HEARING AND KNOWING 2

Motivation is critical to knowing. What a person wants to do is their reason for doing it and that points to motivation.

He hinted at motivation when He referred to a Believer's manner of praying. Like Him, their desire will be: "your will be done" (Matthew 6'10).

It emerged from a remark made some Jews when He attended a Feast of Tabernacles:

"Jesus went up into the temple and taught.

And the Jews marveled, saying, 'How does this Man know letters, having never studied?'

Jesus answered them and said, My teaching is not Mine, but His who sent Me'.

If anyone wants to do His will, he shall know concerning the teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak on My own authority," John 7'14-17.

Believers who desire to do God's will can know by the Spirit that Christ's New Covenant Kingdom word is not of man but of God.

An extreme example this is Paul who was later to be an apostle of Christ. He desperately wanted to do the will of God and thought that by hunting and imprisoning People of The Way he actually was.

Jesus drastically intervened in his life and redirected him. His experience goes to show that the Holy Spirit will redirect all who want to follow Jesus.

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Jesus wanted to do the Father's will even at the age of 12: (“Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?” Luke 2'49).

To those who want to do the same He says:

"... whoever does the will of God is My brother and My sister and mother," Mark 3'35.

1 Corinthians 2'12 says:

"Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God". 

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The early Saints heard, believed, knew and grew in Christ against the background of national culture, family influences and pressures of daily life.