Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4:14)

ISSUE: #169


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Psalms 119:97 - 104
Seeking The Truth
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And he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb
(Rev 22:1)

For His Glory!


Fellowship in 1 John

To know

1John 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. (NAS unless indicated)

In the past few Issues we explored the primary purpose John wrote this epistle. The meaning of fellowship and its key, abiding in the Father, His Son and they in us. We also touched on some of the benefits of this fellowship. John’s message to us as a child of Elohim (God) mandates we live a sin free life, and John clearly defines "Sin".

Our "Fellowship" is the result of "Knowing Him" thus being assured of our status with the Father thru Yeshua. You may seem to think John is repeating himself and he often does so we might know with certainty.


Review: benefits of our fellowship

  • that "we should be called children of God…" 1John 3:1-2
  • the promise of eternal life 1John 5:11-13
  • our anointing 1John2:27
  • to Know Him 1John 2:20
  • being cleansed - if we sin and repent we have an Advocate 1John 1:9
  • the ability to listen 1John 4:6
  • effective power to solve problems with self and Satan 1John 2:14; 4:4


See sections on ‘Know’ - To know that you know (To perceive with certainty)


John is writing that we might ‘Know’ - to be without doubt

1John 2:13 I am writing to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I am writing to you, young men, because you have overcome the evil one. I have written to you, children, because you know the Father. 14 I have written to you, fathers, because you know Him who has been from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the evil one.

1John 2:21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it, and because no lie is of the truth.

1John 5:13 These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.

1John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous;

1John 1:4 And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete. (see the section on "Joy")

How ‘We Know’ we are in fellowship with the Eternal One

1John 3:23 And this is His commandment, that we believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, just as He commanded us. 24 And the one who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And we know by this that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

1John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:

1John 2:20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you all know.

1John 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.

1John 4:13 By this we know that we abide in Him and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

1John 4:16 And we have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Now ‘We Know’ what one should look like that abides is Him

1John 2:29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1John 3:16 We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

1John 2:3 And by this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments.

1John 3:6 No one who abides in Him sins; no one who sins has seen Him or knows Him.

1John 3:14 We know that we have passed out of death into life, because we love the brethren. He who does not love abides in death.

1John 4:2 By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God;

1John 4:6 We are from God; he who knows God listens to us (God’s apostles); he who is not from God does not listen to us. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.

1John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

And we can know those that are not in fellowship with Him:

1John 2:4 The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him;

1John 2:11 But the one who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes.

1John 3:15 Everyone who hates his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer has eternal life abiding in him.

1John 4:8 The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.

1John 2:22 Who is the liar but the one who denies that Jesus is the Christ? This is the antichrist, the one who denies the Father and the Son.

1John 3:1 See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

1John 5:19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.

We know it is the Last Hour

1John 2:18 Children, it is the last hour; and just as you heard that antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have arisen; from this we know that it is the last hour.

Our blessed hope ‘We Know’

1John 3:2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we shall be. We know that, when He appears, we shall be like Him, because we shall see Him just as He is.

1John 3:5 And you know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin.

1John 5:18 We know that no one who is born of God sins; but He who was born of God keeps him and the evil one does not touch him.

1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding, in order that we might know Him who is true, and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.

Our Confidence

1John 3:19 We shall know by this that we are of the truth, and shall assure our heart before Him,

1John 5:15 And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.


1John 5:1 Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God; and whoever loves the Father loves the child born of Him.


From Proverbs

To Know YHVH (the LORD)

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction, To discern the sayings of understanding,

Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge

Proverbs 1:23 "Turn to my reproof… I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you.

Proverbs 9:10 … And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.

Proverbs 11:9 … But through knowledge the righteous will be delivered.

Proverbs 14:6 …knowledge is easy to him who has understanding.

Proverbs 15:14 The mind of the intelligent seeks knowledge…

Therefore do not say

Proverbs 24:12 … "See, we did not know this," Does He not consider it who weighs the hearts? And does He not know it who keeps your soul? And will He not render to man according to his work?


"If you think you know everything, then you need to learn something."

When I in awesome wonder think I might know my Creator I then learn how much more there is to know.

Know - Strong’s


G1097 (Strong) (edited for length)

- Transliteration: Ginosko - Phonetic: ghin-oce'-ko

- Definition:

1. to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel

a. to become known

2. to know, understand, perceive, have knowledge of

a. to understand

b. to know

4. to become acquainted with, to know

- Strong's: A prolonged form of a primary verb; to know (absolutely)

Total KJV Occurrences: 147

knew know knowing knowledge known perceive perceived sure understand understood

Know – Webster 1828

KNOW, v.t. no. pret. knew; pp. known. [L. …The radical sense of knowing is generally to take, receive, or hold.] (edited for length)

1. To perceive with certainty; to understand clearly; to have a clear and certain perception of truth, fact, or anything that actually exists. To know a thing pre includes all doubt or uncertainty of its existence. We know what we See with our eyes, or perceive by other senses. We know that fire and water are different substances. We know that truth and falsehood express ideas incompatible with each other. We know that a circle is not a square. We do not know the truth of reports, nor can we always know what to believe.

2. To be informed of; to be taught. It is not unusual for us to say we know things from information, when we rely on the veracity of the informer.

3. To distinguish; as, to know one man from another. We know a fixed star from a planet by its twinkling.

4. To recognize by recollection, remembrance, representation or description. We do not always know a person after a long absence. We sometimes know a man by having Seeing his portrait, or having heard him described.

5. To be no stranger to; to be familiar. This man is well known to us.

6. In scripture, to have sexual commerce with. Gen 4.

7. To approve. The Lord knoweth the way of the righteous. Psa 1.

8. To learn. Prov 1.

9. To acknowledge with due respect. 1 Th 5.

10. To choose; to favor or take an interest in. Amos 3.

11. To commit; to have. He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. 2Cor.

12. To have full assurance of; to have satisfactory evidence of any thing, though short of certainty.

KNOW, v.i. no.

1. To have clear and certain perception; not to be doubtful… If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John 7.

2. To be informed.

3. To take cognizance of; to examine.

That Our Joy May be Complete

1John 1:4 And these things we write, so that our joy may be made complete.

‘Joy’ - A fruit of the Spirit - Without the Spirit of Messiah we cannot have this Joy

Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…

G5479 (Strong) [edited for length]

- Transliteration: Chara - Phonetic: khar-ah'

- Definition:

1. joy, gladness

a. the joy received from you

b. the cause or occasion of joy

1. of persons who are one's joy

- Origin: from G5463

Total KJV Occurrences: 44

gladness, greatly, joy, joyful, joyfully, joyfulness, joyous,

G5463 (Strong) [edited for length]

- Transliteration: Chairo - Phonetic: khah'-ee-ro

A primary verb; to be full of cheer that is calmly happy or well off; impersonal especially as a salutation (on meeting or parting) be well: - farewell be glad God speed greeting hail joy (-fully) rejoice.

Total KJV Occurrences: 60

glad Godspeed greeting Hail joy joyed joyfully rejoice rejoiced rejoicing


Webster 1828

JOY, n. (edited for length)

1. The passion or emotion excited by the acquisition or expectation of good; … of possessing what we love or desire; gladness; exultation; exhilaration of spirits.

Joy is a delight of the mind, from the consideration of the present or assured approaching possession of a good.

Bring heavenly balm to heal my country's wounds…

4. A glorious and triumphant state.

--Who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross. Heb 12.

5. The cause of joy or happiness.

For ye are our glory and joy. 1 Th 2.

JOY, v.i. To rejoice; to be glad; to exult.

I will joy in the God of my salvation. Hab 3.

Did you know?

Old Guy And A Bucket Of Shrimp

This is a true story

It happened every Friday evening, almost without fail, when the sun resembled a giant orange and was starting to dip into the blue ocean. Old Ed came strolling along the beach to his favorite pier… Clutched in his bony hand was a bucket of shrimp. Ed walks out to the end of the pier, where it seems he almost has the world to himself.

The glow of the sun is a golden bronze now. Everybody's gone, except for a few joggers on the beach. Standing out on the end of the pier, Ed is alone with his thoughts...and his bucket of shrimp.

Before long, however, he is no longer alone. Up in the sky a thousand white dots come screeching and squawking, winging their way toward that lanky frame standing there on the end of the pier. Before long, dozens of seagulls have enveloped him, their wings fluttering and flapping wildly.

Ed stands there tossing shrimp to the hungry birds. As he does, if you listen closely, you can hear him say with a smile, 'Thank you. Thank you.'

In a few short minutes the bucket is empty. But Ed doesn't leave. He stands there lost in thought, as though transported to another time and place. When he finally turns around and begins to walk back toward the beach, a few of the birds hop along the pier with him until he gets to the stairs, and then they, too, fly away. And old Ed quietly makes his way down to the end of the beach and on home.

If you were sitting there on the pier with your fishing line in the water, Ed might seem like 'a funny old duck,' as my dad used to say. Or, 'a guy who's a sandwich shy of a picnic,' as my kids might say. To onlookers, he's just another old codger, lost in his own weird world, feeding the seagulls with a bucket full of shrimp.

To the onlooker, rituals can look either very strange or very empty. They can seem altogether unimportant ....maybe even a lot of nonsense. Old folks often do strange things, at least in the eyes of Boomers and Busters. Most of them would probably write Old Ed off, down there in Florida. That's too bad. They'd do well to know him better.

His full name:

Eddie Rickenbacker. He was a famous hero back in World War II. On one of his flying missions across the Pacific, he and his seven-member crew went down. Miraculously, all of the men survived, crawled out of their plane, and climbed into a life raft.

Captain Rickenbacker and his crew floated for days on the rough waters of the Pacific. They fought the sun. They fought sharks. Most of all, they fought hunger. By the eighth day their rations ran out. No food. No water. They were hundreds of miles from land and no one knew where they were.

They needed a miracle. That afternoon they had a simple devotional service and prayed for a miracle. They tried to nap. Eddie leaned back and pulled his military cap over his nose. Time dragged. All he could hear was the slap of the waves against the raft… Suddenly, Eddie felt something land on the top of his cap. It was a seagull!

Old Ed would later describe how he sat perfectly still, planning his next move. With a flash of his hand and a squawk from the gull, he managed to grab it and wring its neck… He tore the feathers off, and he and his starving crew made a meal - a very slight meal for eight men - of it. Then they used the intestines for bait… With it, they caught fish, which gave them food and more bait.......and the cycle continued. With that simple survival technique, they were able to endure the rigors of the sea until they were found and rescued (after 24 days at sea...).

Eddie Rickenbacker lived many years beyond that ordeal, but he never forgot the sacrifice of that first life-saving seagull...And he never stopped saying, 'Thank you.' That's why almost every Friday night he would walk to the end of the pier with a bucket full of shrimp and a heart full of gratitude.

Reference: (Max Lucado, "In The Eye of the Storm", pp..221, 225-226)


Eddie started Eastern Airlines.

As you see I wanted to pass it on. It was a great story that I didn't know. You got to be careful with us old guys. You never know what we have done. Thank you for your time.

God Bless our Troops.

God Bless America.

Lighter Side

Remember: If your mind goes blank, don’t forget to turn off the sound.

Life in Messiah

You know your personal acquaintances directly and you know famous people by reputation. They don’t know you, and since you know them by hearsay and second-hand accounts it would be more accurate to say that you know about them. Yeshua (Jesus) came that you might have life, and this is life eternal, that you may know Him. It is not enough that you know about Him, for this is not intimate enough to be a saving knowledge. Let not your heart be troubled, for He has made myself available to you that the way is open for you to know Him directly. Unlike the famous people that you only know about, He knows you and invites you to abide in Him.

God’s word says that you can know Him … Do you understand that this happens at different levels? For now you see in a glass darkly. Your knowledge of The Creator is sufficient for salvation but the infinite is not fully comprehendible by the finite. Do not be discouraged by this. Look at your life as an opportunity to learn more about Him. He longs to reveal Himself to you in greater fullness, and what do you have to do that is more important than this? Look at this journey of discovery as a continual adventure. You have His promise that it will be successful and you will see Him face to face.  (Adopted from a blog post by Dale Cresap)

Psalm Promise

To Know Him

Psalm 46:10

"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Psalm 98:2

The LORD has made known His salvation; He has revealed His righteousness in the sight of the nations.

Psalm 4:3

But know that the LORD has set apart the godly man for Himself; The LORD hears when I call to Him.

Psalm 119:125

I am Thy servant; give me understanding, That I may know Thy testimonies.

Psalm 78:6

That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children…

Psalm 139:23

Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts…

Blessed be YHVH (Genesis 14:20 And blessed be God Most High…)