“We have known Christ according to the flesh — yet now we know Him thus no longer.” 2 Corinthians 5:16
What is it to know Christ after the flesh? It is to content ourselves with mere intellectual views of His person, character, and kingdom. This was the awe with all those who followed Him, not on account of His teachings and doctrines — but for the loaves and fishes. Alas! Are there not too many who wish to know Christ for carnal, worldly interest — and not that they may be saved from a proud, rebellious heart and an ungodly life?
O my soul, let me see to it, that my seeking after Christ may not be carnal — but spiritual. Worldly interest is too apt, it may be feared, to influence both private professors and even public preachers. True believers can say that henceforth this carnal knowledge of Christ is not then pursuit. Where the Spirit of Jesus regenerates the heart and we are brought to a spiritual and experimental knowledge of Christ, we shall love Him, rejoice in Him, and humbly submit to His will in all things. Blessed Savior, grant that this may be more and more my experience, until I shall know You, in all Your holiness and glory, forever and ever.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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