“The Knowledge of the Holy” is a book I’ve recently begun to read. It was written by A.W. Tozer. It was published in 1961, just two years before Tozer’s death. I love to read books like this because, first it’s about God–it teaches the reader about who God really is, and second, it has short chapters.
This book teaches on the attributes of God. Its subtitle is: “The Attributes of God: Their Meaning in the Christian Life”. The first three chapters function as an introduction to the rest of the book. A.W. Tozer doesn’t get to teaching on God’s attributes until chapter four. Chapter one discusses the reasons why we need to have as deep an understanding of God as is possible. Chapter two points out how God, in and of Himself, is impossible to comprehend by our finite human brains. Chapter three works to define what is meant when we hear about an “attribute” of God.
Chapter One: “Why We Must Think Rightly About God”
“What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” (pg 1)
The most important thing about people is not what they say or do. What they think about God, or what they don’t think about God, is what will drive their lives. On a conscious level, or a sub-conscious level, everyone is driven by what is really the God, or god(s), in their lives–even the God-hating atheist. You can quite easily predict people’s future by what is god in their lives. You can also easily predict the future of Christians by what they perceive God to be. What if that perception is wrong?
“Were we able to know what our most influential religious leaders think of God today, we might be able with some precision to foretell where the church will stand tomorrow.” (pg 1)
We need to have a truthful, and high opinion of God. The burdens of everyday life will pass with time, but the “burden” of God will last forever.
“…the overwhelming problem of God: That He is; what He is like; and what we as moral beings must do about Him.” (pg 2)
The Gospel (the good news of Jesus coming into our world to die for sinners) only takes its full effect in people’s lives when they have a right view of God in their hearts and minds.
“Low views of God destroy the Gospel for all who hold them.” (pg 3)
God hates idolatry. Every time we create God in our own image, even when we are Christians thinking we are worshiping the true Christian God, we become idol worshipers. All idol worship begins in the mind with a wrong view of God.
“Whatever we worship we will serve, for worship and service are always inextricably bound together.”~Tim Keller
The reasons are obvious for why we need to know God as much as we possibly can.
The next question is: “Can we truly know God?”
And that brings us to chapter two: “God Incomprehensible”