In fact, the knowledge of Christ Paul sought was anything but mystical. What he longed to know was the power of Christ’s resurrection, the fellowship of His sufferings, and conformity to His death.
Scripture suggests at least five aspects of true intimacy with Christ:
The Intimacy of FaithThe Intimacy of True Worship
The Intimacy of PrayerThe Intimacy of Obedience
The Intimacy of SufferingNotice that those are not advanced skills for second-level Christians. They are the most elementary issues of the Christian life.