A question often heard in religious circles is: “Do you know the Lord?” It’s a good question. It’s a question to which every man owes it to himself to give an answer. The question is usually asked looking for a personal testimony of some kind of religious experience. Furthermore the person asking the question is often eager to give their own testimony.
But what does the Bible say? “And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that sayeth, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:3-4) That’s clear enough. It’s all a matter of whether or not we keep the Lord’s commandments. If we do, we know him. If we do not, we do not know him. It’s as simple as that.
The next time you hear someone ask, “Do you know the Lord?” you might reply, “How is it that one can know that he really knows the Lord? If they answer: “The Sinners Prayer” or “a religious experience” or “an inner feeling” or “a dream” or “a vision” etc, all these answers are wrong. The right answer is: “Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.” (1 John 2:3)