Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | July 8, 2020

What Is Your RQ?

(3 Minute Read. 8Jul2020)

What is your Recognition Quotient? How good are you at recognizing?

Can you recognize truth right in front of your face, or do you often find yourself surprised by revelations?

In general, most of us are not good at recognizing!

For example, many people think that if the Great Creator were to meet them on the street, they would recognize Him. In fact, some people even say, “If God would show Himself to me, I would believe in Him.”

Wouldn’t people recognize God?

The answer is No. When He actually walked this earth, most people did not recognize Him.

Almighty God, the Great Creator, came into the world as Jesus of Nazareth, but people in general completely failed to recognize Him.
He [Jesus] was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. (John 1:10-11)

Even the Jewish leaders who had been looking for the Messiah for centuries failed to recognize Him. Instead, they sought to kill Him because they thought He threatened their position. (John 11:47-53)

Why Is It Hard to Recognize?

Three primary factors contribute to blindness — sin, Satan, and God. The combined action of all three make it very difficult to recognize truth.

Sin blinds people’s eyes preventing the recognizing of truth.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth.
(Romans 1:18 ESV)
This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
(John 3:19-20)
So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.
(Ephesians 4:17-19)
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.
(1 John 2:11)

Satan blinds people’s eyes preventing the recognizing of truth.
And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, in whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
(2 Corinthians 4:3-4)

Finally, God Himself blinds some people’s eyes in certain situations, preventing the recognizing of truth.
But though He had performed so many signs before them, yet they were not believing in Him. This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?” For this reason they could not believe, for Isaiah said again, “He has blinded their eyes and He hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and be converted and I heal them.”
(John 12:37-40. See also Isaiah 6:8-10.)

Solving the Recognition Problem

Only those whose eyes are supernaturally opened are able to recognize Jesus. When Peter acknowledged Jesus as Lord, Jesus said God the Father had revealed it to Peter.
Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, He was asking His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; and others, Elijah; but still others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” And Jesus said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Barjonah, because flesh and blood did not reveal this to you, but My Father who is in heaven.
(Matthew 16:13-17)

Jesus explicitly expressed it this way:
No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. (John 6:44)

Jesus gave the key to solving the recognition problem.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are truly My disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
(John 8:31-32 ESV)

If you abide in the Word (Scripture), then you will know the truth. This is the solution to the recognition problem.

Abiding in Scripture leads to being a disciple of Jesus of Nazareth which results in knowing (recognizing) the truth.

How does one abide in the Word?
– Read it regularly
– Think about it, meditate on it, roll it around in your mind
– Obey it

These activities will result in being able to recognize truth. They will enable you to discern between the true and the false, between the good and the bad, between the right and the wrong.

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Questions to Ponder

1. Do you recognize the Great Creator‘s “fingerprints” in your daily life?
2. What can you do to improve your RQ (Recognition Quotient)?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

For Christ and His Kingdom. Soli Deo Gloria. Alere Flammam Veritatis.

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Wednesday July 8, 2020 A.D.

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