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Discover the Book - Dec. 8, 2007

  • 2007 Dec 08

Know That Christ Knows You


“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.”

John 10:27, emphasis added


There is an unforgettable illustration in the funeral ceremony of Empress Zita, the last Hapsburg Empress:


Thousands fell in line behind the coffin drawn by six black horses. The procession came to a stop at the Capuchin Church in Vienna, and there, a long-observed tradition was enacted. As a member of the funeral party knocked on the closed door of the church, a voice from within asked, “Who goes there?”

The titles were read aloud: “Queen of Bohemia, Dalmatia, Croatia, Slavonia, Galicia. Queen of Jerusalem, Grand Duchess of Tuscany and Krakow.” “I do not know her,” came the response from within the church.

A second knock, and the question of “Who goes there?” brought forth the response, “Zita, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary.” Again the reply, “I do not know her.”

When the inevitable question was put the third time, the answer was simply, “Zita, a poor sinner.” “Come in,” came the welcoming voice, as the doors were slowly opened. 2


Salvation is the greatest work of God in the universe. Salvation is being “a new man in an old body” who will one day he will be “a new man in a new body.” Listen to this summary of what happens to all who come by faith to God through Christ:


1.    Regeneration—when God changes my heart: Ezekiel 36:26-27

2.    Conversion—when God changes my life: Matthew 18:3

3.    Repentance—when God changes my mind: Matthew 3:8

4.    Adoption—when God changes my family: Romans 8:15-17

5.    Sanctification—when God changes my behavior: Hebrews 10:14, 16

6.    Justification—when God changes my state: Romans 5:1

7.    Glorification—when God changes my place: John 17:24

Are you a recipient of God’s greatest work in the universe? When you know God, and salvation’s fruit unfolds in your soul, He does a mighty work that I like to call “The Signature of God.” Has “The Signature of God” been written across your life? If not, I urge you to make a conscious choice today to live in such hope!


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