By Paul Hammons
Oct. 14, 2018
What does it mean to “know” someone? We see that idea used loosely a lot, in reference to a casual, sometimes superficial understanding of a person or a subject. But when the Bible talks about the knowledge of God, it’s talking about something much deeper.
We live in a culture where fewer and fewer have an actual knowledge of God – choosing instead to construct a God from their own imagination, or from a basic or selective understanding of the scriptures. But Peter writes in 1 Peter 1 that the scriptures give us everything we need to understand and know God – and that this knowledge is what grants us “all things pertaining to life and godliness.” We don’t gain those things through worldly wisdom or our own ability to deduce things about God. We gain them through the revealed word.
We are called as Christians to continually grow in our knowledge of God, which reflects our love for God, our desire to understand God more fully, and to conform ourselves to the image of God – instead of conforming God to our image!